MAY 2014 Vol. 29 Issue 9
Club loses a popular member JOHN LYNCH
Past President John Lynch died aged 82 in North Devon Hospice on Monday 7th April. John had been a member of Rotary for 35years having been inducted into the Rotary Club of Barnstaple on 2nd August 1979. Ten years later in 1989-90 he became President of the Club. A staunch
supporter of Rotary, and in particular his Club, he was a very regular attendee at Club meetings and for many years attended both District and National Conferences with his great friend the late P.P. Denis Loosemore. An essential member of the back stage crew of B.R.A.T.S. (Barnstaple Rotary Amateur Dramatic Society) John’s technical ability was constantly in demand, from wielding pliers to ensure a clock chimed on cue to lighting the stage with the late P.P. Bill Blatchford.
John was a successful builder but still found time to actively pursue other interests, he was appointed a Tax Commissioner, was a member of the Barnstaple Bridge Trust and an active supporter of R.N.L.I. The latter prompt- ed by his love of the sea which he regularly braved as a member of North Devon Yacht Club in his beloved Wayfarer. John also appreciated the countryside and, through Rotary fulfilled another wish which was to learn to ride. With two of his close Rotary friends, John Moore and Stan
they would hire hacks and ride out over Exmoor regardless of the weather. John’s other passion was golf having been a member of Saunton Golf Club for many years, he was not interested in competitions but
the company of his regular golfing companions as a social golfer. However John did run the putting competition which was a popular of the Club’s very successful annual Cow Pat day.
John’s quiet demeanour, his love of his home town, his interest in so many things will be sadly missed by his many friends both within Rotary and the local community.
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