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LYNCH, RICHARD B. "DICK"
82, formerly of Cumberland, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. He was the beloved husband of 55 years of the late Mary E. (Hanewich) Lynch. Born in Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late James and Katherine (Burns) Lynch. A native of Seekonk, now a resident of Wakefield, Rhode Island, Dick was 1954 graduate of Saint Raphael Academy, Pawtucket and a 1958 graduate of Boston College where he was a 4 year football scholarship recipient. He later received a Masters in Education from Providence College. He began a 46 year career as an educator in Rhode Island. Starting as a teacher/coach at St. Raphael Academy led to 27 years in the Cumberland School Department as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal. He then left Cumberland to become an Assistant Superintendent and then Superintendent of Schools in Smithfield before retiring in 1994. He began his second career as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League holding that position for 10 years before retiring again in 2004. During his tenure with the League, he worked to implement coaches' education and sportsmanship programs along with many other initiatives. In addition to his career in education, he was an assistant football at the University of Rhode Island for one year as well as Head Football Coach of the Providence College Club team. In addition, Dick was a nationally recognized basketball official refereeing games in the NCAA Division I, II, III National Tournaments, as well as the Holiday Festival in New York, The Big East, Atlantic 10, Ivy League, MAAC and ECAC conferences. Highlights of his officiating career include being selected to officiate in the NCAA Division I Tournament three times and officiating the NCAA Division II National Championship. He has been selected as a recipient of the Pawtucket Red Sox Hometown Hero Award, the Rhode Island Sports Council's Paul Kilcullen Sports Advocate Award, the Institute for International Sports Frank Keaney Award, Rhode Island Chapter National Football Foundation/Contribution to Football Award, Words Unlimited – 2004 Frank Lanning Award/Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also recognized as one of the Providence Journal's Rhode Island's Top 100 Most Significant Sport Figures in the 20th Century. He is a Member of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame, the Providence Gridiron Club Hall of Fame, Rhode Island Basketball Officials Hall of Fame, the Rhode Island Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, College Basketball Officials Association John P. Nucatola Award and the Russ Beisswanger Award, the Rhode Island Soccer Officials Hall of Fame, and the Cumberland High School Hall of Fame. He served on the Board of Directors of the College Basketball Officials Association for 8 years and was subsequently elected President. For six years he served on the National High School Basketball Rules Committee. In addition, he served on the Hall of Fame Screening Committee for the National Federation of High School Association, the Board of Director for the College Basketball Officials Association, and the Rhode Island Basketball Officials Association Board #84 Past President. He was the Co-Director of the Northeast 3-Man Officiating School and an Observer for College Basketball Officials for the Atlantic 10 Conference-Women, Big East-Women, Ivy League and ECAC- Men. He is survived by his children Patricia E. Tweedie and her husband John, Terrence M. "Terry" Lynch, Colleen M. Bodziony and her husband Kurt, and Maureen A. Gauthier and her husband Tom. Grandfather to Cory Tweedie and the late Benjamin Tweedie, TJ and Taylor Lynch, Nicholas and Megan Bodziony, Matthew and Alyssa Gauthier. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, 864 Point Judith Road, Narragansett. Burial will be Private. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. in Avery-Storti Funeral Home, 88 Columbia St., Wakefield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dick Lynch's memory to Rock Steady Program at South County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Road, Peace Dale, RI 02883. For guest book and condolences, averystortifuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Providence Journal on Mar. 7, 2019.
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March 18, 2019
Terry, Patty and family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are sorry we were unable to attend the services as we were away on vacation.
Bruce and Kimberly Altieri
Bruce and Kimberly Altieri
March 15, 2019
To the Lynch Family,

May I extend my condolences. I worked with Dick during my tenure as the Director of Athletics at North Providence High School. He was great to work with and was always well informed and able to share his knowledge concerning not only sports, but the student athlete and the well-being of the Interscholastic League. I have great respect for this man and all he accomplished and for helping make me a better AD.
I miss those days with Mr. Lynch and Mr. Magarian, those were great years. God bless you, Dick, and may your family remember all the great times.
Anthony "Tony" Carbone
March 13, 2019
I'm sorry I was unable to attend services for your father, but you are certainly in my thoughts and prayers. It was a pleasure to work with and for your dad for many years at Cumberland High School. He spent his life in service to young people, and his love for his family was evident in everything he did. God Bless!
Joan LaPlante
March 10, 2019

We were very saddened to hear of Dick's passing. Dick was a true gentleman who epitomized integrity, character, and honesty. During his careers in education and athletics, he touched and left a lasting impression on everyone he came in contact with. His legacy will live on for many generations to come. It was a pleasure to work by his side during our time together at the RIIL. Even more so, it was an honor to call him friend. We will miss our semi-annual dinners in Florida and Rhode Island. May the memories comfort you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Dick ... you & Mary can now rest together for all eternity.
Ray & Maryann Brown, North Fort Myers, Flori
Maryann Brown
March 9, 2019
My condolences to Dick's family a true gentleman who left the world a better place
Pat Pampel
March 9, 2019
Our condolences to. The entire Lynch Family..Dick was a role model to many coaches educators and referees a
Ed and Gail Bradley
March 9, 2019
Sorry for your loss, Terry and loved ones. What a full life:) Amazing tribute.
Kim Knapton
March 9, 2019
We were so saddened to hear of your beloved Dad's passing. We have many fond memories of time spent with him and your mother.

Our deepest condolences to all of your family.

Henry & Dotty Rustigian

Fort Myers, FL
March 9, 2019
Colleen and family
Our sincere sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your Dad.
May the support of family and friends console you during this difficult time.
Anthony and Joan Frattarelli
Anthony and Joan Frattarelli
March 9, 2019
To Patty,Terry,Colleen and Maureen,I am very sorry for your loss. He was a good man and I have nothing but great memories of him. Sorry I could not attend but my thoughts are with you.
John Edes
March 8, 2019
Terry and family.
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dad. He was a giant in so many ways. Anyone who came in contact with him is a better person as a result. I assure you he impacted me in an incredible manner. RIP.
Nick Difilippo
March 8, 2019
We were very saddened to hear of Dick's passing. Dick was a true gentleman who epitomized integrity, character, and honesty. During his careers in education and athletics, he touched and left a lasting impression on everyone he came in contact with. His legacy will live on for many generations to come. It was a pleasure to work by his side during our time together at the RIIL. Even more so, it was an honor to call him friend. We will miss our semi-annual dinners in Florida and Rhode Island. May the memories comfort you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Dick ... you & Mary can now rest together for all eternity.
Raymond Brown
March 7, 2019
I was not surprised, but I was really saddened when I learned of the passing of my friend and colleague Dick Lynch. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dick for more than 40 years. He was one of the most honest and professional individuals I have ever known. There was no pretense, just Dick. What you saw is what you got. If I had to select an individual as s prototype as a person and a professional role model, Dick would certainly be one of my primary considerations (and I would not have made a poor choice). I will miss Dick, but I known that I am a better person from knowing Dick Lynch!
Don Gainey
March 7, 2019
You will be missed
my heart goes out
to the family
RIP
Randy Barbrie
March 7, 2019
To Terry and the Lynch family, my sincere condolences on the passing of Dick. He was a giant of a man whose legacy will live on through all who knew him. His numerous outstanding contributions to his students, players and organizations have made his profession, community and state better places. I will miss our dinners together in Florida and RI. May God's light shine upon him and on those who loved him during this difficult time. Rest in peace my friend.
Tom Mulvey
March 7, 2019
Coach Lynch was a true role model and a tremendous person who will be missed by all who knew him. Sincere condolences to his family.
Stephen McCartney
March 7, 2019
RIP Coach. You were a true gentleman. You will be missed by all those whose life you touched.
Bill Magnotta. PC Class of 1972
March 7, 2019
My condolences to all the family. It was a honor to work wth him at CHS.
Tom Gray
March 7, 2019
Terry and family, sorry to hear of Dick's passing. Our Prayers and condolences go out to you at this time.
Dave & Sue Rathbun
David Rathbun
March 7, 2019
My deepest Sympathy to all of Dick's family. I worked with "Dick"in Smithfield School Dept. A true professional, and perfect gentleman. Dick often spoke of his family, with great love and pride. I will never forget him, and his sense of humor. It was a pleasure to know, and work with him. R.I.P. DICK, I know you are happy to be with your beloved Mary, again!!!! May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Katie McLaughlin
March 7, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the family hope you may find comfort through prayer 1Thessalonians 5:17
March 7, 2019
Sincere condolences and prayers to all the Lynch family. It was great to reconnect at the 2107 FFF Football reunion.
Christopher Lamendola & Family
March 7, 2019
What a great man and coach. Treated everyone fairly and the same. RIP
Joe Viglianti
March 7, 2019
Coach Lynch Leads The Friars against Seton Hall University in 1967
Dick Lynch will remain a strong and telling influence on all of us who played for him on the Providence College Club Football Team. He was always the perfect man to lead us into what became 21 years of Friar Football and we are still going 52 years later.
March 7, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Christine Rathbun
March 7, 2019
Integrity and Character the two words that come to me. He will be missed.
Mitch Foresti
March 7, 2019
Cicero once said that the greatest gift one could give was to train up youth. This was the mantra by which Dick lived his life as an educator, administrator, and as a brother basketball official. I was blessed to work with (and for) Dick as a Rhode Island basketball official back in the '80's. He was firm but fair, which are attributes that he passed on to me in my development as an official and attorney. I agree with Dick's nephew Chris: Dick Lynch was indeed an icon of a man. Thank you, Dick, for all you contributed to the lives of young people, to sports in general and to the game of basketball in particular, and to me personally. You will always be with me. Rest in peace, my friend and mentor.
Chuck Lonardo
March 7, 2019
Terry and family, sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a special man and a good friend. He will be missed but not forgotten. I am with you at this time of sadness.Sincerely, Joe Mancini, Vero Beach, Fl
March 7, 2019
A great teacher, a great coach, a great person God rest your soul Dick. My prayers are with you
Jay FITZGERALD
March 7, 2019
Our Prayers and condolences go out to you at this time. Often Saw Mr Lynch on the walking trail along the Blackstone River when we were still in RI. May God hold you all in the Palm of his hand at this difficult time
Jim and Carol Deffley
March 7, 2019
John, Patti & Cory
March 6, 2019
I have had a lifetime of memories with my Uncle Dick. The constant is that great big smile he always seemed to have no matter what the occasion. After the passing of my Dad's sister Mary who we all know was Uncle Dick's wife I constantly thought how hard that must be for him. I seemed to talk to my wife about it at great lengths. Some time had passed and I was driving back from daughter's softball game. My wife asked about the game and then told me I was going to bring Uncle Dick a home made dinner. My daughter and I drove down to Wakefield RI and enjoyed great conversation and some pretty good food. I guess we stayed a while as Terry came over then Patty. We left with a great big smile on our face. I would send him a note or a card and was happy to have received one back from him. I still keeo it in my office today. I will end by saying I went to see Uncle Dick right before Christmas. Patty had given me a call. I saw him around 12. Noon, he was sleeping. He looked so peaceful sleeping there. Again I thought of the many memories I shared with this icon of a man. I left again without saying a word but my great big smile emerged again. Rest in peace Uncle Dick.
Christopher Hanewich
March 6, 2019
He was the best coach I ever played for. God bless him and his family.
Bob Laflamme
March 6, 2019
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