John B. “Jack” Lynch

April 13th, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John B. Lynch (Jack), 76, of Wilmington, Massachusetts. Jack died April 12th from complications from the Covid-19 virus.

Jack is survived by his wife Kathleen and his children Maureen Lynch Costello and her husband Timothy Costello of Salisbury, Karen Lynch Scott and her husband David Scott of Groton and John Lynch and his wife Susan of Needham. He was the loving Papa to four grandchildren: Adam, Brian, Colin and Sadie. Jack is also survived by his sisters Joan M. Sweeney of Salem and Elizabeth A. Lynch of Beverly. He was predeceased by his sister Sheila M. Lynch of Beverly. He was Uncle Jack to several nieces and nephews.

Jack was born in 1943 to Mary Rita (Bradley) and John Henry Lynch in Peabody. He grew up in Salem and graduated from Salem High School in 1961. He later graduated from Salem State University with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in education.

A life-long educator, Jack started his teaching career at Wilmington High School in 1965. It was that year, in that school, that he met Kathleen. They married in 1967 and have spent the last forty-five years in Wilmington raising a family and being active members of the Wilmington community. Jack was a 4th degree, life-long member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus and a long-time member of the Wilmington Lions club.

Jack spent his entire career at Wilmington High School; working first as a math teacher and then as an assistant principal. Fondly referred to as “Mr. Lynch”, Jack made a long-lasting impact on the students of WHS for over twenty years before suffering a stroke in 1987 forcing him to retire from the job he loved.

Jack was known for his sense of humor, persistent optimism, love of life, and family. He will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to Whittier Tech Educational Foundation, 115 Amesbury Line Road, Haverhill, MA 01830 or to the Wilmington High School Scholarship Fund, 159 Church Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Due to the current situation with the Corona Virus and for everyone’s safety, the Lynch Family had decided to do a private service at this time.


32 Entries in Guest Book for “John B. “Jack” Lynch”

  1. Judson Miller says:

    So very saddened to hear this news.

    Mr. Lynch was a true gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him…even those of us who found ourselves on the daily “hit list” at WHS.

    He knew how to hand out discipline and his discipline was ALWAYS fair and deserved.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Lynch family at this most difficult time of great loss.

    Rest in Peace Mr. Lynch

    One of a kind….a legend.

    Judson Miller
    Class of 1987

  2. Beverly OConnell says:

    Wonderful teacher. Wonderful

  3. Suellen Breakey says:

    On behalf of the Breakeys: May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, Mr Lynch. Rest easy. Peace and love to the Lynch family????

  4. Frank West says:

    I am sorry tp hear of Mr Lynch’s passing. I remember him as a gentleman as Vice Principal of Wilmington High. God bless Mr Lynch and his family now and always.

  5. Mark Staffier says:

    Maureen, John and family, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Mark and Kerri Staffier

  6. kelly dineen says:

    Very sad to see this news ! Mr Lynch was a wonderful man. He shaped so many lives. He was kind and caring and really cared about us kids. My deepest sympathies to his family .

  7. Kathleen Bell says:

    Many wonderful memories of Jack from our time together at WHS. He was a great person to work with and then to work for as he became part of the administration. Always fair and understanding to our students. He got to work with many troubled teens and I know he made a difference for so many of them. Jack was already missed at school but sadly will be missed at home. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kathy, Maureen and all the Lynch family.

  8. Christine (Blackburn) Kroken says:

    Our hearts and prayers go out to Mr. Lynch and his family. Truly he was and icon and a staple at Wilmington High School throughout our years there. Respectfully Christine and Randy

  9. Mary Shea Doherty says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Lynchs passing. He was an amazing teacher. He was always tough because he wanted his students to do their best. I will always remember his support when my Dad was sick and he was always concerned and supportive. Rest in peace Mr Lynch. My prayers are with his family.

  10. Mary Ellen (O’Reilly) Powers says:

    My favorite. Rest In Peace, Mr. Lynch, D.O.I.K!!

  11. Martha (Land) Boudreau says:

    I have such great memories of Jack from our time working together at WHS. He was a wonderful person to work with as both a teacher and then later as an Assistant Principal. Jack will be sadly missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kathy, Maureen, Karen, John and the entire Lynch family.

  12. Denise( Costa )Amigo class of 1985 says:

    A great man who was a positive influence on so many young lives. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family. R I P Mr. Lynch.

  13. Bob Anderson WHS '88 says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Lynch family.

  14. Pam Murray Carroll says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr Lynch was the absolute best. He helped me in so many ways quite frankly if it wasn’t for him pulling strings for me to get into the Tech I really don’t think I would of graduated High School. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Lynch
    Pam Murray Carroll

  15. Cheryl Didion Rose WHS CLASS of "87" says:

    I’m so sad to hear. Mr Lynch was one of a kind.

    Rest easy Sir.
    You will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayer to the family

  16. Mary-Margaret Lennon says:

    We grew up on Silver St. Salem, I was 3 years younger he was always patient with me. And he thought I was funny. He was a true good guy. So sorry, sending sympathy to Kathy, Maureen, Karen and John and his grandchildren.

  17. Howard M Stevens III says:

    My deepest prayers and condolences to the family for their loss and for healing.

  18. Michelle and George Hooper says:

    Maureen and family, George and I send our deepest sympathies to you. We will always remember Jack as a great guy and his love for Salisbury Beach. Keeping you in our thoughts.

  19. Jane woods says:

    My sympathy to the Lynch family. Jack was a kind man with a great sense of humor.

  20. JoAnn Phillips says:

    I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. Please accept my most sincere condolences. My thoughts go especially to John and Karen, whom I remember from many years ago at the North Intermediate School. May memories of happy times with your Dad give you many reasons to smile through your tears.

  21. Driscoll Family says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss. We will certainly miss seeing Mr. Lynch around the Hathaway neighborhood. He was always first with a “hello!” and a wonderful man to talk to.

  22. Bonnie Hebsch says:

    Maureen and family, So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a true gentleman. I remember him at the beach and also from high school growing up. He was very well respected and well liked by all that knew him. Our thoughts are with you.

  23. Sue Rowe says:

    Maureen and family, so saddened to hear of the passing of your dad. Praying you are surrounded during this difficult time by all the memories and love you shared. Thoughts and prayers for you all!

  24. Karen (Steen) Lucier says:

    So sorry to hear this news. Prayers to the Lynch family.

  25. Pam( Hadfield) McDade says:

    Sympathy to the Lynch family. Mr. Lynch was my high school math teacher and also helped me with a difficult math course my freshman year of college. He was friendly, kind, and always had a smile for everyone. Rest in Peace, Mr. Lynch.

  26. Jim & Chris o'Donnell says:

    Kathleen and Family, So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Our prayers are with are with you during this difficult time.

  27. Jenn, Jason, Max and Jake Smith says:

    We will miss Jack terribly! What a kind and caring man with a terrific sense of humor – he helped make our old neighborhood the best place to live! We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kathy, Maureen, Karen, John, all their spouses and children, and to all the other friends and relatives that have lost this truly amazing person. We love you Jack!

  28. Richard Fardy says:

    Sincere condolences to Kathleen and all Jack’s family. Jack started teaching in Wilmington the same year I did and he was a good friend and so highly regarded by the students at WHS. All his many friends, colleagues and students will miss him very much.

  29. timothy & Christine Hill says:

    We were so sad to hear of Jack’s passing! I met Jack my first-year teaching math at Wilmington HS as a fellow math teacher, a position at which he excelled. Over the years we became good friends as he rose to the position of dean of students, then assistant principal. One can only imagine how far could have gone had he not had the misfortune of having to retire after suffering the stroke.
    Jack was the epitome of an excellent educator. He always had the best interest of his students at heart, both as a teacher and administrator. His firm, yet fair style made him popular with both teachers and students alike. There is no doubt that there are countless students of Wilmington HS who never would have graduated had it not been for ‘Mr. Lynch”.
    Whenever you walked into the room where Jack was and asked him how he was doing, he would always respond, “I’m doing great”. Jack, you were one of a kind and I will miss you my friend!!
    Our condolences to Jack’s family and especially to you Kathy, who took such good care of Jack for these past 33 years!
    Tim & Christine Hill

  30. Linda Callahan says:

    Kathy, Maureen, Karen and John – I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Lot’s of happy memories from the Wilmington years. My prayers are with you.

  31. Lu-Ann Pozzi says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Lynch’s passing. I have many fond memories of him form my time at WHS. Sending love and light to all who loved him.


  32. Ken Liston says:

    Maureen and family, I sincerely wish that I could tell your Dad what a positive influence that he had on me as his math student and as a mentor. I tried once, but there was so much other stuff happening around us, that I’m not sure that it stuck. I echo the comments of Judd Miller and Bonnie Hebsch, in saying that your Dad was a true gentleman. My college fraternity describes the True Gentleman as: “The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness, but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company; a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.” Many of us aspire to live up to these worthy goals. I hope that you may find comfort in the fact that Jack Lynch did. I wish you peace.

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