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“Very fond memories of a wonderful man. My thoughts are with his family. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Jeff Bradley - Milton, MA

“Will miss you, Jack, as will everyone blessed to know you. Larry Lippert - Tucson AZ ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss, Bernie. What an amazing man. So thankful you found each other. With love and prayers - Mary Keith and all the Widiger...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Mary Widiger - MN

“Rest In Peace, dear Jack. Your friendship and brotherly love meant so much to me and so many others. My sincerest condolences to Bernie and your...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Margaret Koenig - Tucson, AZ

“I'm so sorry for your loss.May the God of all comfort, bring comfort to the Lynch family during these difficult times.(2 Corin.1:3,4) ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: A friend


John (Jack) Joseph Lynch, 82 of Tucson, previously of Melrose MA and Newington CT, died peacefully on Sunday surrounded by close family and friends. He leaves his cherished and loving wife Rose (Bernie) Bernadine Lynch, and his 6 children behind. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Barbara Lynch, of Melrose. He also leaves behind a large and close extended family, mostly of New England. He grew up in Melrose, graduating from Melrose High School and Tufts University.

Jack was a terrific businessman, and at the height of his success in 1976, he chose to retire for the purpose of rededicating his life to his family and to serving others. Immediately upon retirement, on a family vote, he sold the home and moved his family of 8 into a motorhome to travel the country. During the 1.5-year epic adventure, the Lynch Family traveled to 49 states, experienced hundreds of National and state parks and monuments. Jack's greatest gift to his children during this time was a prodigious and permanent enrichment of their lives in too many ways to be listed.

Jack made a great number of friends wherever he went, and all of those who were fortunate enough to know Jack realize that he was a one-in-a-million - kind, gentle, brilliant, honest, loyal, and loving. He was the most humble and self-sacrificing person that anyone of us will likely ever meet again.

In lieu of flowers, please spend quality time with your loved ones in Jack's honor.

Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 16th at St. Mary's of the Annunciation Church in Melrose, burial immediately following in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.