Patrick Wayne Lynch, a devoted son, committed brother and true friend, died Oct. 9. He was 38. Patrick was born in Norwich, NY on July 17, 1975 and grew up in Hamilton, NY, a close-knit community where his story begins in a picturesque three-bedroom home on University Avenue. Here, tight family bonds forged his unparalleled warmth, humor, charm and courage. After obtaining a bachelor's degree at Villanova University in Pennsylvania and a Master's from Northeastern University in Boston, his Hamilton values drove him to a career in public service. Starting out with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections as a principal analyst, he then moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL to work for that city's government in a similar role. He briefly worked for the City of Beverly Hills, CA before arriving at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. As Department Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs, Patrick brought in millions of dollars in grants that funded important research and much-needed student scholarships. This would be his greatest legacy. Patrick is survived by his parents John and Karen Lynch, his brother John Walter, sister in-law Shannon, niece Hayes, five aunts, 10 cousins, and countless friends. His funeral service will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Barry University's Cor Jesu Chapel, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami Shores, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Patrick W. Lynch Memorial Fund c/o Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Oct. 19, 2013