The family of Joseph P Lynch, Jr., of Ashby, Massachusetts is sorry to announce his passing on January 18, 2018 at Leominster Hospital, Leominster, MA. Joe was born October 16, 1943 at Fort Devens Hospital, Fort Devens, MA (Ayer). HE was the son of Joseph P Lynch Sr. and Rosalie (Goldthwaite) Lynch. He grew up in Dunstable, MA with his three sisters, Patricia, Karen and Lynn.
Joe graduated from Keith Academy, Lowell and McIntosh Business School. Lawrence, MA where he graduated as salutatorian of his class and then Salem State College with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. All the while he was going to school he worked at GV Moore Hardware in Littleton, MA. Shortly after graduating college he was moved to the main office located in Ayer, MA, taking over the responsibilities of office manager. Joe was then named Assistant Treasurer in 1970 and soon after the Treasurer of Moore's three corporations.
In June of 1966 he married Sandra Webb of Andover, MA and in 1967 his first son, David, was born. It was then they decided enough of this apartment stuff and they moved to Dunstable where they built their first home on Groton Street. It was while living there that Daniel and Scott were born.
As the boys became involved in town sports, Joe, along with many friends from town became involved in helping to establish the Dunstable Youth Athletic Association. As you probably know, Joe loved the outdoors, working in his gardens, building stone walls and cutting wood in the back "40" with his dad. He also liked to play cribbage and cards with anyone he could persuade to sit awhile. He enjoyed fishing and a good game of horseshoes, baseball and croquet.
In 1992 they decided to make another move and they bought Trap Falls Farm in Ashby. Just after moving in, Joe celebrated his 35th year at Moore's and a trip to England and Wales was given. While they were in Wales they went to the Royal Windsor Horse Show and then went to meet the new addition to the family stable.
Joe was always interested in antiques, buying and selling, and for a while they opened a small shop on their property. Joe was the proprietor and he would wait patiently for people to stop by all the while reading a book. He loved to read. When his health started to take a turn, he gave up the shop and most outside activities. He did enjoy a good family get together and we had many on the side porch of his home where he enjoyed watching his grandchildren playing in the yard. I am positive he was wishing he could be out there with them.
I am sure there are many more memories that will come in time. Most important, we will remember Joe as a loving father to his sons and their wives…David and Jen, Dan and Denise and Scott and Kelly. Also, his grandchildren that affectionately called him Grampy or Papa Joe…Jordan, Amalee, Samantha Dalton, Nicolas, Nathan, Conor, Casey and the late Molleigh. He was a loving and caring husband.
A Graveside service will be held at The Central Cemetery in Dunstable, MA on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 11:00am.
Donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Rd., #200, Framingham, MA 01704