J. Lynch, 80, NCHS coach, teacher
Written by Rachel Kirkpatrick
J. Lynch of Stamford, a former New
Canaan teacher and coach, died peacefully at home surrounded by
his family on Sunday, February 6. He was 80, and the husband of Barbara Jensen
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 17:10
Mr. Lynch was born on March 9, 1930 in Stamford, the son of the late William J. and
Helen Finley Lynch.
He graduated from Stamford High School, received a bachelor of
arts degree from New York University and a master’s degree from Fairfield University. He was employed as a
teacher, coach and administrator in local public high schools, including New Canaan High School from 1970-75. During that
period in New Canaan, as coach, he led the
team to win one FCIAC and three state titles. He is ranked 10th in the state
for highest career-winning percentage at .793 (45-11-2).
Mr. Lynch also coached at the collegiate level. He was a founding member
of the FCIAC and the first chairman of the league’s football committee.
While he was a consultant for more than a decade to Champion
International Corporation, Pitney Bowes World Headquarters, Nabisco Financial
Center in Hamilton, as well as
other Fortune 500 companies, he also served on the advisory board of Boys Life
magazine. Mr. Lynch is a veteran of the United States Army infantry, having
served in the Korean War as a first lieutenant.
Mr. Lynch was a past member of the Woodway
Country Club in Darien, the Lago
Mar Club in Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla., the National
Football Coaches Association and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
In addition to his wife, Barbara, he is survived by his children,
Kristina M. Spillane and her husband, John, and their children, Jack and
Elizabeth, of Worcester, Mass.;
William J. Lynch and his wife, Angenette, and their
children, Avery and Will, of Stamford; and
Robert E. Lynch of Hallandale Beach,
Fla., and his fiance,
Gillian Farrelly. He is also survived by several
nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Dr. William E.
Lynch, and a nephew, Michael P. Lynch.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 10
at The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist
Church, 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT 06901. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery,
Memorial donations be made to Trinity
School, Athletic Department, 926 Newfield Avenue, Stamford,
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