Obituary of Charles A Lynch
Charles A. Lynch, 84, of Princeton, New Jersey, died peacefully, surrounded by loving family and friends, on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, New Jersey. During his final evening with his family, he enjoyed pizza, martinis, and the victory of his favorite football team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. USC. Born January 6, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, he was a resident of Princeton for more than 46 years.
Son of the late Charles and Mary McEvoy Lynch, he was predeceased by his brother David Lynch and by his beloved wife of 58 years, Marilyn A. Lynch. He is survived by his daughters Nancy van der Horst and Cara Lynch; sons-in-law Jan van der Horst and Rafael Alvarez; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Diane and Gerard Feeney, Elizabeth and Matthew Schiebel, and Jane Glussi; sister-in-law Mary Lynch; grandchildren Rose van der Horst and Rafael Alvarez; and many nieces and nephews. The family would also like to acknowledge the many caregivers and medical professionals who tended to Charles over the last 11 years.
Charles was the first-born son, nephew, and grandson of his generation. Known as Charlie, he was a proud graduate of Regis High School and Manhattan College. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he was called Chuck, and earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry. He received full scholarships for all his higher education and was deeply grateful for the opportunities that followed. His 1960 Notre Dame graduation commencement address was delivered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the graduation blessing was bestowed upon the audience by His Eminence Giovanni B. Cardinal Montini, Archbishop of Milan, Italy, who became Pope Paul VI in 1963.
In 1958, while at Notre Dame, Charles and Marilyn Monaco were set up by mutual friends on a blind date. They married on July 30, 1960, in North Tonawanda, New York, and were deeply devoted to one another throughout their marriage.
A member of St. Paul’s Church, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, Charles was also a member of the National Honor Society, the American Society of Lubrication Engineers, and the American Chemical Society. Additionally, he served as a volunteer at Recording for the Blind.
Charles started his career in the chemical industry at Esso, later Exxon. He resigned from his job in 1965, sold his company stock, and spent the following 3.5 months with Marilyn and Nancy traveling across Europe, using Arthur Frommer’s “Europe on Five Dollars a Day” as a guide. It was their first time abroad. His study of Latin helped him communicate, as did assorted dictionaries and a reasonable command of German.
Upon returning from Europe, Charles accepted a research position at FMC Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1972, he was transferred to Princeton, New Jersey, where he lived until his death. Charles retired in 2006 after a long career in the chemical industry. His final position was as an Account Executive for the State of New Jersey, Department of Commerce, Department of Client Promotion. He worked with chemical companies in New Jersey to promote economic growth in the industry.
Charles and Marilyn enjoyed traveling and took many cruises. Their ports of call included stops in Alaska, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Mexico, South America, the Baltics, Greece, and Russia. They made trips all over Europe, including to Leiden, The Netherlands, for Nancy and Jan’s wedding in 1999. In total, they visited more than 40 countries.
Charles was a lifelong learner and loved to test his knowledge by watching Jeopardy. His family encouraged him to try out for the show, but he felt hampered by his lack of familiarity with current pop culture. His close friends and family knew that at 7pm each night, he could be found watching Jeopardy with a martini in hand. He was an avid reader of many newspapers, especially The New York Times, whose Sunday crossword puzzle he completed with ease. He enjoyed brain teasers and listening to classical music.
A fan of sports and trivia, Charles had a special interest in baseball and football. He loved the Brooklyn Dodgers and also followed the Yankees, the Mets, and the New York Giants. He was also devoted to Notre Dame sports, especially football. The entire Lynch family, including aunts, uncles, and cousins, often attended Notre Dame football games during the 1970s. Charles also cheered on the Princeton University football team and was a longtime season ticket holder.
Charles and Marilyn’s life together changed dramatically in late 2008, when his right leg was amputated as the result of a life-threatening aneurysm. Though many of his activities were curtailed, he was never bitter and graciously accepted his condition.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. The family will be receiving friends from 9:30 am until the time of the Mass in the St. Paul’s Church Fellowship Hall, located on the lower level of the Church. The burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Regis High School, Attn: Development Office, 55 E 84th St, New York, NY 10028 or to St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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