SCARBOROUGH — Edward George Christopher Lynch, 65, died Nov. 15, following a long illness.

Born Jan. 30, 1946, a son of John Raymond and Anne Conroy Lynch, he grew up on Chestnut Street in Portland as one of eight children.

Growing up, Lynch was very active with the Boys and Girls Club of Portland. He attended Cathedral grammar school and graduated from Portland High School. Following graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served one year in Korea. After returning home, he worked in sales, both on the road and in retail, for many years.

His greatest happiness was time spent with his family, especially with his two granddaughters Kaitlyn Lynch and Amara Fox. Even when his health was failing he maintained a positive outlook on life, always smiling and never complaining. He will be remembered by all those who loved him as an inspiration to living every day with grace and dignity.

He was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Joan Thompson and Kathleen Frechette.

He is survived by his daughter, Julie Fox and her husband Stephen; sons James Lynch and Michale Lynch; granddaughters Kaitlyn Lynch and Amara Fox; siblings Raymond Lynch and his wife Pat, James Lynch and his wife Judy, Joseph Lynch, Anne Marie Trautner, Marueen Piette and her husband Ronald; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to acknowledge the loving care he received from the skilled and compassionate staff and volunteers at the Maine Veterans Home, where he resided for the past three years.

A graveside service will be private, but friends and relatives are invited to attend a reception from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Hobbs Hospitality Center, 671 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough. Donations in Lynch’s memory may be made to the Activities Department at the Maine Veterans Home, 290 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME, 04074.

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