Cfiar(es Tfiomas Lncfi
Ye6ruary 20. 1912 June 5, 1993
Yribay, June l, 1993
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Joan 'fiomas Xemoria(Cicape(
Sts. Peter ana Pau( Catfieara
Der .Reverena E(fiott G. fiomas
Interment at Western Cemetery Num6er One
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Cfiarfes Tfiomas yncfi
FEBRUARY 20,1912 JUNE 5,1993
Charles "Charley" Lynch was born to his proud parents, Grace and
Richard Lynch on February 20,1912 in Harrises, Montserrat, British West
Indies. His formal educational training was obtained on the island of his
birth following which he began his working career as a school teacher in
the Montserrat public school system.
Charley decided that teaching was not exactly the forte in which he
was most comfortable. His ambitious nature demanded that he explore
other possibilities that would enable him to approach his role in the
workplace from a more "hands on" perspective. He subsequently moved
to the island of St. Kitts and immediately sought employment at the St.
Kitts Sugar Factory at that point in time when a young union leader was
emerging on his way to becoming the longest tenured Premier of the
islands of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla, the Honorable Robert Bradshaw.
Mr. Lynch maintained a healthy and enjoyable relationship with his
colleagues in St. Kitts that prevailed throughout his life time; but then you
see, there was his lifetime sweetheart, whom he loved very dearly. Charles
Lynch and Marie Dyer, both natives of Montserrat, met on the island of St.
Kitts and were married there in 1936.
Charley's burning ambition demanded that he provide
his young wife with a better life. Therefore, he negotiated
a move to the island of Antigua, where he was immedi-
ately employed at the United States Army Facility on that
island. He became impressed with the sustained regimen-
tal and orderly atmospheric aura in the workplace which was exuded
within the military facility. There you were made to learn the nomencla-
ture of every piece of equipment, to disassemble, re-assemble and repair
almost every piece of operable equipment.
When Charles "Charley Lynch moved to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in
1942, he had already developed the expertise to fix almost anything
fixable in refrigeration, plumbing, electrical and mechanical components.
His reputation preceded him throughout the island from his first job
locally with the U.S.E.D., a U.S. Government Federal agency which was
responsible for constructing all of the then military installations on St.
Thomas, or his work at the various hotels which he served as the chief
maintenance engineer Villa Olga, the Tradewinds, and the Virgin Is-
lands Hilton, where he worked for 32 years until his retirement.
There was another side to this remarkable man, who was referred to by
many as "Brother Lynch." a man of a profound religious bearing. "Brother
Lynch" was widely recognizable in the old days by his Bible and his
guitar, which he always seemed to carry. A staunch follower of Brother
Logan and an avid church-goer, "Brother Lynch" preached the word of
the Lord to all who would listen. Too often, however, he was faced with a
continuing conflict between the demands of his maintenance engineering
role and his fierce desire to regularly attend and participate in his church-
going activities. The demands of his job prevailed for a long time, and he
eventually was unable to keep up with his church-going activities.
Following his retirement, Brother Lynch joined forces with his dearest
wife, Marie Annie Lynch, to whom he was married for a total of 57 years,
and during their last years together he became a communicant member of
the Roman Catholic Church where she worshipped. He regularly at-
tended the 6:30 a.m. mass every Sunday, and became a faithful follower of
the Catholic faith.
Charley was a good husband, father and provider to his family. A very
reliable, hard-working perfectionist by trade, he was always willing to
help those whom he could. Many times he assumed the role of surrogate
father and close friend of this writer, who enjoyed a lasting friendship
which began in January, 1947, and continued for a lifetime.
He leaves us after having enjoyed an existence that can be described as
fulfilling, loving, caring and prayerful. May he find eternal rest with the
Gerld E. Hodge, Sr.
John Michael Lynch, Milton Lynch
Ann Lynch Lee
Ema Lynch, Terry Lynch
John Lynch, Jr., Vinya Lynch, Tracy Lynch
Troi Lynch, Corey Lynch, Shaun Lynch
nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends
John Michael Lynch, Milton Lynch, John Richard Lynch
John Lynch, Jr., Othniel Somersall, John Greenaway
Theodore Carty, Greg Cruse, Clifton Donovan, Kwame Garcia
Gerald E. Hodge, Sr., Carl Michael James, Gustav A. James, Jr.
Kevin I.G. James, Wayne A.G. James, Esq., Winfield G. James
Lloyd Procope, Edward Saunders, M.D., Mario Watlington
Oraer of Service
MUSICAL INTERLUDE... Faye Moon
BLESSING OF THE BODY AT THE DOOR OF THE CHURCH
ENTRANCE HYMN ................................. Amazing Grace
GREETING AND OPENING PRAYER .................. Celebrant
FIRST READING: Wisdom 3:1-9- ...............Mrs. Helen Woods
RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6 ............. Mr. Knolly Beazer
Response: Though I walk in the valley of darkness,
I fear no evil, for you are with me.
SECOND READING: Romans 6:3-9 .............. Mrs. Almeda Millin
HOMILY ............................................. Celebrant
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
OFFERTORY HYMN .............. Mother At Your Feet Is Kneeling
SIGN OF PEACE .................... Let There Be Peace on Earth
COMMUNION HYMN ...........................I Surrender All
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
EULOGY .................................. Gerald E. Hodge, Sr.
RECESSIONAL HYMN .....................e
Remem6rances of Cfiares yncfi
Daddy Lynch was a man truly content with his life. He loved his family
and worked very hard to make all those around him happy. Helping
others made him happy and gave him a sense of purpose. Daddy Lynch
opened his home and his heart to anyone in need. If someone needed a
ride to Red Hook or Bordeaux, he would take him, talking and laughing
all the way. Anyone with a plumbing problem, stove problem or any
problem he could take care of, could count on Daddy Lynch to fix it any
day, any time. Daddy Lynch was loyal, sincere, accessible and depend-
able. Mr. Lynch, Charlie, Charles, Daddy, Pops, Daddy Lynch, I miss
you. Rest in peace.
I treasure the years you have been a part of my life. Rest in peace, uncle.
your niece, Rose Lynch Greenaway
Daddy... You and I have done a lot of things together and spent a lot of
time together. You were always there when I needed you, you gave me
strength and encouragement. For all of those things I am thankful, and
now its time for you to rest.
I remember you Daddy... Daddy you have departed, and left me broken-
hearted; and, although I feel sorrow, I know that there's a brighter tomor-
row. As a little child, I could always count on you being home on time.
Like clockwork, you would always arrive at five. The dogs knew it too; at
the sound of your horn, they would race around the comer to greet you
each day. I remember you dropping me to school each morning and I
was so proud and happy to have a Daddy like you a Daddy that was
always there for me. I remember you Daddy, dressed in your coveralls.
That's the way I'll picture you a dedicated tradesman. I remember you
being on call twenty-four hours a day. You'd hang up the phone and "Mr.
Fix It" was on the way. .Yes Daddy, I do feel sorrow, but this is how I'll
remember you, in my brighter tomorrow.