LYNCH, William (Bill) E., age 89, passed away peacefully at his Deerfield Beach residence on September 12, 2013. He lived his life devoted to his wife, his family, his grandchildren, and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Bill was born and raised in East Freedom, PA, one of five children to Garrett and Gladys Lynch. He was a World War II
veteran and served his country as a Navy fire control officer on board the destroyer USS Winslow in the North Atlantic during the war. After the war, he moved to Hialeah, FL and began work at the Hialeah Fire Department in 1951. He was a founding member of the first Fire Rescue team in Hialeah and a founding member of the Hialeah Fireman's Benevolent Association. In 1973 he was promoted to Chief of the Hialeah Fire Department where he served until retirement in 1981. Bill was active in the Hialeah Optimist Club and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was one of the original builders of the Stiltsville community in Biscayne Bay in the 1960s and 1970s and enjoyed boating, fishing and scuba diving. After his retirement Bill remained in Florida and lived in Monticello, Ft. Myers, and Deerfield Beach. Bill was a strong and caring father to four children and their families; Patrick and wife Karen of Madison, AL, Michael and wife Diane of Boca Raton, FL, Margie Mohr of Tavernier, FL, and Kelly and wife Michele of Tallahassee, FL. He loved his seven grandchildren, Kyle, Shannon, Cara, James, Matthew, Allie, and Rhett. He was preceded in death by his wonderful wife of 42 years, Rosemary Thomas. Bill will be interred with his wife at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.