Michael Andrew Lynch

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Michael Andrew Lynch

November 24, 1957 - June 21, 2018

North Myrtle Beach, SC - Mike Lynch, age 60, died peacefully at home in N. Myrtle Beach, S.C., after a recent surgery.
He was born in The Bronx, NY, the eighth child of 13, born to Edward J Lynch Sr and Beatrice Ruth (Hewitt) Lynch, and was raised in Danvers. Mike attended St Thomas the Apostle elementary school, and Bishop Fenwick HS (Class of 1975), both in Peabody. At Fenwick, Mike was best known for his football prowess. As quarterback for the Crusaders, he was once compared to Johnny Unitis, by the Salem News. He lead BFHS to many victories, and won the Sal Tripoli award for MVP in the Thanksgiving Day game his senior year! Mike loved the outdoors! Camping, hiking, and especially swimming, spending many happy summer days on Good Harbor Beach with friends. He hitched south to Florida, then cross country where he spent time in Oregon. He loved a good road trip!
Mike worked heavy construction, following his dad to Franki Foundation Company. While at Franki, Mike became a concrete Labor Foreman for the largest slurry wall project in New England, at Davis Square Somerville. He worked jobs all over New England, N.Y., Florida and Texas. He was strong as an ox!
At 25 yrs old, Mike sustained a severe brain injury and multiple other injuries, when he was hit by a car crossing the street. He survived a 6 month coma, 2 years of in patient rehab, multiple hospitalizations and 36 yrs in his wheelchair. The faith of our parents, family, friends, and Mike himself, sustained him through many trying times. His love and trust in Jesus brought him solace and gave him strength. The physical strength of his youth also kept him rolling.
After Mike’s rehab, he lived in independent housing in Danvers. He was often seen cruising through the Square or collecting tickets at Loews Theater. Mike had a heart of gold and the best belly laugh ever! He greeted everyone he met with a smile! So often he gave support and encouragement to those who were suffering, even as he had his own burdens to bear. He especially loved little kids. His many nieces and nephews among them! He’d give high fives and low fives, cracked jokes, and loved cruising them around in his electric chair. Children gave him so much joy!!
Mike met Marcia Heald in 1999 at a family gathering. They began dating and were married in 2000. For nearly 18 yrs they have loved and supported each other through thick and thin! They shared so many happy times living in Massachusetts, Florida, and SC. They have been a beautiful testament of their faith and commitment to God and each other.
Mike was always up for an adventure, even after his accident. He scuba dived in the large tank at the NE Aquarium, camped, surfed, went on cruises with Marcia, and travelled solo cross country to see his siblings!
Mike loved his wife, family, and friends so much! He lived life so robustly! Before his passing he was able to spend time with his loved ones, in person and through video chat. So much laughter and stories were shared! We brought him to the beach. He ate pizza, had a beer, and a hot fudge sundae (though we all regretted it wasn’t Treadwell’s). Memories were shared and new ones made. Mike spoke his words of wisdom to us right up until the end. “Love the Lord. Respect each other. Live in joy, share joy, be joyful!”
Michael Andrew Lynch left this life the same way he lived it! With faith, love, laughter, strength, dignity and most of all joy! He will be deeply missed by all who knew and love him.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, and brothers, Brian and David.
He is survived by his wife Marcia (Heald) Lynch.
His siblings Ruthanne Keto (Lyle), Edward Lynch Jr (Jeannie), Mary Dillon Lynch (Brian), Arthur Lynch, (Lynn), Mary Lynch, Laurie O’Neil, John Lynch, Steven Lynch, Thomas Lynch, Susan Lynch, and Ken Lynch (Juli). As well as his most loved and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held in Danvers in the Fall. Details to be posted when arrangements made.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the
Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts
30 Lyman St., Ste 10 Westborough, MA 01581.
Published on June 30, 2018
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