FORT FAIRFIELD - Lawrence Francis Lynch "Lonny", 77, died peacefully after a long illness, on
Dec. 21, 2013, at Mars Hill Rehabilitation Unit. He was born on Dec. 27, 1935, in Fort Fairfield, the son of Edward Michael and Hilda (Williams) Lynch.
Lonny graduated from Fort Fairfield High School before serving three years in the U.S. Marine Corps
during the Korean Conflict
. He met Mona M. Levesque, his bride of 54 years, while attending Husson College. After graduating from Husson they settled in Fort Fairfield where they raised their family of four children.
Lonny loved reading, gardening, woodworking, hunting and fishing. He was one of several people that was involved in the establishment of the Helen P. Knight School for Cerebral Palsy in Northern Maine which was eventually mainstreamed into the public school system. Lonny was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an accountant and the Assistant Office Manager at the Fort Fairfield A&P before teaching accounting, economics, taxation, and history for 25 years at Northern Maine Community College. He changed countless lives of his students who went into the accounting profession all over Maine. It was always his greatest desire to farm. He accomplished this for nine years while continuing to teach and raise a family.
Lonny is survived by his wife, Mona; four children, Laura and her husband, Serge Roy, of Barrow-in-Furness United Kingdom, Barbara and her husband, Mark Biscone, of Lincolnville Center, Matthew and his wife, Stephanie Lynch, of Crestview, Fla., and Stephen and his wife, Sherri Lynch, of Del City, Okla.; two sisters, Edwena and her husband, Richard Gagnon, of Fort Fairfield, and Elaine and her husband, John Thomas, of Arlington, Texas; sisters-in-law, Rolande Lynch, Florence Lynch, and Inez Lynch; brother-in-law, Richard Ferland; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Lonny is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Clement, Clarence, and Gene Lynch; and his sister, Mary Ferland.
Lonny, devoted husband, father and friend loved spending time with his family and grandchildren over the years. He will be remembered as always having a good story, a great respect for education and love of family.
Per Lonny's request, there will be no wake or calling hours. The family invites relatives, friends, and former students to attend a Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Dec. 27, at St. Denis Catholic Church, 143 Main St., Fort Fairfield. A reception will immediately follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fort Fairfield. A private burial will be at Caribou Veterans Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Missionaries of Charity, 335 East 145th St., Bronx, NY 10451", Aroostook House of Comfort, P.O. Box 867, Presque Isle, ME 04769. For online condolences, please visit www.ripostafh.com