Joseph E. "Joey" Lynch Jr.

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Joseph E. "Joey" Lynch Jr., 58, of Murray Street, Forty Fort, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Celtic Hospice in Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph Sr. and Elizabeth Ward Lynch. He graduated from Bishop O'Reilly High School, Class of 1977.

Joseph resided in Forty Fort his entire life and was very active in the community. He served on Forty Fort Council, was an EMT, paramedic and an active volunteer on both Forty Fort and Swoyersville ambulances. He was a member of the Forty Fort Fire Police and Hanover Medic 9.

Joe was co-owner of Corner Hair Fashions. He worked at Luzerne County 911, Transcare Ambulance Service and as a blended case manager at Community Counselling.

Joe was a natural and accomplished musician, entertaining local audiences with his distinctive voice and seemingly limitless gifts for the majority of his life. He played with and formed many bands over the years, but his lasting legacy and his greatest joy was his Folk Rock trio "Just Us," where he was joined by his wife, Mary, and best friend, Paul Reinert, which in time grew to include lifelong friend, Jay Tobias.

He was very active in Forty Fort Presbyterian Church. He served as a church elder, instrumentalist, vocalist and choir director. He was instrumental in starting a Sunday evening Praise Band worship. He also worshipped at the Trucksville United Methodist Church.

Preceding him in death were his brothers, John and Michael Lynch.

Surviving are his loving, devoted wife of 33 years, Mary Denn Lynch; daughters, Casey Lynch, New York, N.Y.; Emily Lynch, Kingston, and her fiancé, George Brady; and Clara Lynch, Forty Fort; son, Christian Lynch, Wyoming; sisters, Kathleen Washko and her husband, John, Forty Fort; Jeanne Habblett and her husband, James, Newmanstown; Mary Alice Nice and her husband, Jack, Florida; and Susan Ziller and her husband, Buddy, Shavertown; brother, Ned Lynch and his wife, Maureen, Dallas; many nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law; and his German mother-in-law, Heidi Denn.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday in Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Rev. William Lukesh, the Rev. Richard Williams and the Rev. Ian Hastings officiating.

Family and friends may call in the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, PA 18704; Trucksville United Methodist Church, 40 Knob Hill Road, Trucksville, PA 18708; or Miles for Michael, 9 N. Main St., Pittston, PA 18640.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.

For information, or to send the family a condolence, visit www.hughbhughes.com.
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Published in Citizens' Voice from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2018