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August 7, 1939 - May 7, 2015 Dennis Joseph Lynch, born in Union City, New Jersey August 7, 1939 died in Palm Springs, California May 7, 2015. Dennis was the first born son of Joseph Lynch and Theresa Bracco Lynch who predeceased him. Upon Dennis' graduation from St. Cecliia High School in Cliffside Park New Jersey the family moved to California where they settled in Fullerton. In 1963 Dennis received a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Public Administration from UCLA where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Dennis served in the US Navy aboard the nation's first nucelar carrier the USS Enterprise. It was while sailing around the world on the carrier that Dennis obtained his fondeness for meeting people. Following discharge from the Navy Dennis began a 30 year career in the Human Resources Department of the City of Los Angeles. In 1966 Dennis met the love of his life, Bill Shaw. They lived as Domestic Partners until being legally married in 2008. Dennis and Bill maintained a home in Silver Lake until 2011 when they relocated to Palm Springs. While in Los Angeles the enthusiastically supported the Los Angeles LGBT Center, marriage equality and the Human Rights Campaign. While in Palm Springs, Dennis and Bill became Founders of the new Architecture and Design Museum as well as supporters of the Desert Aids Project. After retirement in 1996 Dennis and Bill began a life of travel and sail boating around the world. They studied French in Ville Franche sur Mer and sailed the Mediterranean aboard "Contact" with Captain Jean-Luc and First Mate Jean-Pierre. Eventually, they settled in the Marai in Paris for six years. Dennis was a loving, kind, gentle well mannered man who people sought out to sit next to at a dinner party in order to enjoy his laughs and conversation. He is survived by his loving husband, Bill Shaw, his brothers Alan (Rose) Lynch, Kevin (Jeanine) Lynch, brother-in-law Pat (Hilary) Shaw, step sister-in-law Robin Wall, nine nephews and nieces, and six grand nephews and nieces. Per Dennis' wishes, there will be no memorial service. He asked that his friends raise a glass of fine wine to a life well lived. His ashes will be taken to France for disposal. It was Dennis' desire that any donations in his memory be mad to the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 19 to May 24, 2015
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