Edward Joseph Lynch, 76, died on November 2, 2012 in his San Francisco home with his wife, children and other loved ones nearby. He fought a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. Ed was born in Indianapolis, IN on September 14, 1936 to Albert Joseph and Helen (McDuffy). He is preceded in death by his older sister Virginia Monroe. He attended St. Bernardine Elementary School in San Bernardino, CA, where he met his wife-to-be, Helene, in the fifth grade. In 1954 Ed graduated from St. Bernardine High School. Following two years of service in the United States Army, he attended San Jose State University and in 1962 earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He graduated from University of San Francisco, School of Law in 1967. He was admitted to practice law in the State of California, District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ed married Helene Eloise Cruz on September 8, 1962 and was the beloved father of Cory, Kristan and Andrew. Ed, Helene and their children lived in the East Bay from 1969 to 1984. In 1984 the family moved to Pacific Palisades in Southern California. Ed and Helene returned to Northern California in 1993, enjoying their time as empty-nesters in their Pacific Heights Victorian. They could always be found eating dinner on Friday nights at Osteria in Pacific Heights, often with family and friends. Ed was a brilliant and accomplished patent attorney, eventually specializing in medical device inventions. He started his patent law career working in-house for Kaiser Aluminum in Oakland. In 1984 he transitioned to firm practice, starting as an associate at the Los Angeles patent law firm Fulwider Patton, eventually being elevated to partner. In 1993 he returned to Northern California where he was a partner at Crosby Heafey. He was subsequently a partner at Heller Ehrman, Coudert Brothers, and Duane Morris. In 2007 he fulfilled his lifelong dream and started a solo patent law practice, where he continued to work until weeks before his death. Ed and Helene loved traveling through Europe, where he particularly enjoyed exploring the castles of Spain. He also enjoyed attending the ballet (Yuan Yuan Tan was his favorite) and the opera with his wife. Ed always embraced a challenge. At the age of 73, inspired by the Flying Tomato, he even learned how to snowboard. Above all else, Ed was a loving husband, father, uncle and friend. He will be remembered for his quick wit, big heart and generous nature. He is survived by his wife Helene, and his children: Cory Lynch Grant (Larry Grant); Kristan Marie Lynch Ayala (Gerard Ayala); Andrew Lynch (Maylene Nafrada Lynch); his 2 grandchildren Pascual and Siboney; and his nephews Joseph Belden, Bruce Belden, Thomas Belden, and his niece Theresa Koehler.
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A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius Chapel, 650 Parker Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118, with a reception immediately following In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in memory of Edward J. Lynch to Prostate Cancer Research B2335, c/o Charles J. Ryan, M.D., U.C.S.F., P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2012