Monsignor Richard Patrick Lynch died May 17, 2017. He was 97 years old. Msgr. Lynch was a Roman Catholic Priest, ministering to Hispanic parishes in Texas and New Mexico. He retired and moved to the Pensacola area in 1992.
Msgr. Lynch was born in Youngstown, Ohio April 24, 1920 - the 4th of 10 children of John J. and Mary C. Lynch. In March, 1946, he graduated from The Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio - a Roman Catholic seminary which provided priests for dioceses throughout the United States.
While in high school and the seminary, he mastered the Spanish language. After his ordination, Msgr. Lynch was assigned to various majority-Hispanic parishes in California, Texas and New Mexico. He was known for his eloquent homilies in English or Spanish. Msgr. Lynch was an accomplished biblical scholar; but he delivered an un-complicated Christian message, explaining scriptural passages in understandable language - whether that language was Spanish or English.
In addition to his religious vocation, Msgr. Lynch pursued a number of hobbies. He had an interest in electronics from his early youth, and operated his own Ham radio station while in high school. Later he became involved in television communication. Also, he had a pilot's license, enjoyed horse riding, and was a certified graphologist.
Msgr. Lynch retired to the Pensacola area in 1992; and continued his ministry on a part-time basis - helping out in parishes around the area. He frequently joined the St. Ann's parish mission team in Chimbote, Peru. While there he celebrated the Mass and gave his homilies in perfect Spanish.
Msgr. Lynch was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John, Jr., Thomas, Martin and Lawrence - and sisters Anna, Catherine Coleman and Maureen Fuechtmann. He is survived by his brother Arthur of Gulf Breeze and his sister Dorothy Boyne of North Royalton, Ohio.
The family thank the resident assistants of The Beacon of Gulf Breeze for their compassionate care of Msgr. Lynch over the last several months.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Eugene Casserly at St. Ann's Church, Gulf Breeze, Florida on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends in the Narthex of the church, beginning thirty minutes before Mass. There will be a meal in the parish hall immediately following the Mass.
In lieu of floral tributes, the family suggests that tributes be made to the charity of one's choice.