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HENRY,passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at his home after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. He was 67. Born in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, he was son of the late Thomas J. and Blanche (Lajeunesse) Lynch. He was raised in Willow Grove and has been a Hatboro resident for the past 36 years. He attended LaSalle College High School (1964), La Salle University, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (1969). He was owner and administrator of Lynch Homes for over 40 years. Lynch Homes served 250 persons with physical and intellectual disability in over 70 locations, mainly in Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware Counties. Those served were always treated with respect, focusing on their individual needs and abilities. Lynch Homes received the first ever national award in 1982 for providing quality community-based services to people who are severely and profoundly mentally handi-capped, from the National Association of Private Residential Facilities. Professionals from the US and other countries traveled to observe the homes, considered models of excellence. He was also the first and only two-time President of PAR, Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability. For his leadership in the field for many years, and his tireless dedication to people with intellectual disability, he received the Humanitarian Award from PAR.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Evelyn (Bondy) Lynch, his devoted children and their spouses, Laurie Myers (Dave), Christina Szperka (Doug), and Dan Lynch (Kate Clarke). He is also survived by one sister, Marianne Lynch; 4 grand-children whom he adored, Alyssa and Kristen Myers, and Annemarie and Brennan Szperka; and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas J. Lynch, Jr.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing Thursday, June 26 from 6 to 9 P.M. at JOSEPH J. McGOLDRICK FUNERAL HOME, 507 West Ave., Jenkintown. There will also be a Viewing from 9:45-10:45 A.M. Friday morning at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 321 Witmer Road, Horsham, PA, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11 AM. Interment will follow at St. John Neumann Cemetery, 3797 County Line Rd., Chalfont, PA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a gift in memory of Henry Lynch to the Henry Lynch Sarcoma Research Fund (Fund#314842) at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital. Contributions can be sent to The James Development Office, 660 Ackerman Road, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112 or made online at giveto.osu.edu (Note: Click "Give Now" and search "Henry Lynch" in "Search All Funds").


Published on Philly.com on June 24, 2014
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