Philip Patrick Lynch Sr. of Bridgeport passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the age of 87.
Phil was born on March 5, 1933 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to John A. Lynch and Alice L. Reiley Lynch.
The youngest of seven, he relocated to Bridgeport with his parents at the age of 14 to join the rest of his family who migrated to the city during World War II. Phil’s family and his future wife’s family met when they both lived in Success Village on the city’s East Side. He graduated Harding High School in 1951, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served as an air traffic controller during the Korean War.
Upon his discharge from the Air Force, Phil returned to Bridgeport and worked at Bridgeport Machines. In 1963 he joined the Bridgeport Fire Department, where he worked until his retirement in 1988.
In addition to the fire department, Phil worked multiple jobs for companies such as McKesson, Chapin Bangs, and Connecticut Limousine. After retirement, he worked for Coyne’s Carpet and Notre Dame High School. While he did not have much time for hobbies, he was always quick with a joke or a great story. He was an avid sports fan, following his beloved Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, New York Giants and Penn State College football. Phil was also a proud 4th degree Knight of Columbus with the Msgr. Murphy Council.
Phil is predeceased by his parents, his siblings, Helen Olexovitch, John Lynch, Joseph Lynch, Mary Alice Napolitano, Anne Boehm and Frank Lynch, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Phil is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sheila A. Roche Lynch of Bridgeport, his son Philip P. Lynch Jr. of Pittsburgh, his son Timothy M. Lynch of Bridgeport, his daughter Colleen E. Lynch of Bridgeport, his son Daniel R. Lynch and his wife Michaelene of Stratford and his son Patrick M. Lynch and his wife Dalila of Trumbull. He is also survived by his grandchildren Megan Lynch, Patrick Lynch, Ashley Lynch and Daniel Lynch.
The family would like to express its profound thanks for the outstanding and compassionate care Phil received from the staff of Hartford HealthCare at Home Hospice Care in the final weeks of his life.
A mass of Christian burial will take place on Wednesday January 6, 2021 at 10:00 am at St Patrick RC Church, North Ave, Bridgeport. Interment will follow in Mt Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made in Phil’s memory to Home for the Brave, 655 Park Ave, Bridgeport,CT 06605, www.homeforthebrave.org
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