Richard W. LynchJune 01,2013
Richard W. Lynch
Richard W. Lynch
CALAIS — Richard W. Lynch died on May 29, 2013. He was born to Gertrude Mae Fountain and Allen E. Lynch on May 12, 1930, at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier, Vt. He passed away at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., following a short illness, surrounded by his family.
He graduated from St. Michael’s High School, Montpelier, Vt., a member of the Class of 1948. In 1949 he began a lifelong career in the printing business, as a compositor, designer, and typographic specialist. After beginning his career at Leahy Press, Montpelier, Vt., he worked at Arrow Composition, Worcester, Mass.; Stinehour Press, Lunenburg, Vt.; and at Capital City Press, Montpelier, Vt., for more than 40 years, where he served as Director of Composition. In 1988 he and Leslie Sanborn co-founded Asterisk Typographics Inc., in Barre, Vt. Like Benjamin Franklin, Richard referred to his profession as “Printer.”
He was married to Barbara Travis Hayward in 1955 at St. Augustine’s Church, Montpelier, Vt. Richard and Barbara began their married life in Lancaster, N.H., before returning to Montpelier, Vt. In 1958 Barbara and Richard moved to Calais, Vt., where they raised their family in the house Richard lived at the time of his death. Barbara predeceased Richard, after a lengthy illness, on Oct. 15, 2001. Richard’s devoted care of his beloved wife was an inspiration to all who witnessed it.
Richard and Barbara had five children: Jonathan, 1956, of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; Matthew, 1957, of West Hartford, Conn.; Andrew, 1961, of North Andover, Mass.; Daniel, 1963, of Lyme, N.H.; and Elizabeth, 1964, of Ludlow, Vt. He has 10 grandchildren.
Richard was drafted into the Army in 1952, and trained as an artilleryman at Fort Sill, Okla. He served in Korea as a Reconnaissance Sergeant with a forward observer team, a battery of the 140th FA Battalion, from June 1952 until the truce, in July, 1953.
For many years Richard sang baritone in The Gentleman Songsters, a four-part a cappella group directed by E.B. Walker. Family, music, gardening, horticulture, reading and the wonder of the natural world filled his days.
Richard wishes to remember the late Sister Mary de Pazzi of the Sisters of Mercy, a teacher at St. Michael’s, whose rattling beads he never forgot as she drove home math principles at the blackboard to a mystified student. Her brilliance did not go unnoticed and led Richard to a lifelong love of learning. Lege feliciter.
A private burial will take place at Robinson Cemetery, Calais, Vt., at the convenience of the family. No funeral or calling hours are planned.
Contributions in honor of Richard could be made to the Children’s Literacy Foundation of Waterbury Center, VT, www.clifonline.org, which supports children’s literacy in Vermont and New Hampshire.
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