John Joseph Lynch, "Jack," 89, died October 22, 2019, with his family at his side. An artist and a gentleman, Jack led a fulfilling, family-focused life.
The son of Michael and Bridie (Dennehy), Jack was born April 24, 1930, in Kenosha, WI, and grew up in Chicago with his older sister, Kay, and younger sister, Marge.
At age 19, Jack entered the United States Marines Corps and served during the Korean War. He later graduated from Loyola University in Chicago and had an illustrious career in sales, a role perfectly tailored for his optimistic, outgoing temperament.
In 1955, Jack married his college sweetheart and best friend, Joan (Dennison), and together they raised four children. Jack and Joan instilled a strong sense of family in their children. Jack was an avid cook, and their dinner table was always a forum for lively debate. Guests (and later in-laws and grandchildren) learned to come armed with solid sources; alternative facts were never accepted.
Jack and Joan traveled extensively throughout their life together, satisfying their curiosity about people and places. When the children were young, the family explored the National Parks—camping trips that strengthened (and sometimes tested!) their bond. Later, as a couple, they enjoyed adventures in Europe, Australia, Africa, and South America, always welcoming new experiences—from riding camels to hot air ballooning.
Jack and Joan retired to Cotuit in 1995. Jack began painting and became a juried artist in the Cape Cod Art Association. He served on the board of the Cahoon Museum and volunteered for its annual Brush-Off. Throughout his life, he had a deep commitment to his faith, which he lived through his service to Christ the King Church. He belonged to the Wednesday painting group, the Trumps couples bridge group, and the Monday evening Loop Beach get-togethers.
Jack is survived by his beloved Joan; their children, Kathleen Gittleman (Richard); Mark (Kathleen); Sheila Fesko (Michael), and William (Jill); their five adored grandchildren, Emily, Rachel, Jack, Claire, and Bonnie; his older sister, Kay Weibel; and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his younger sister, Marge Haas; his sister-in-law, Judy Shunick; and his brothers-in-law, Ken Weibel, Ray Haas, and John Shunick.
He was well loved and will be deeply missed.
On Monday, October 28, at Christ the King Church in Mashpee, the family will welcome friends and loved ones from 11:30am to 12:15pm for visitation. A funeral mass celebrating Jack's life will be at 12:30pm, with a reception in Cotuit to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ the King Parish, P.O. Box 1800, Mashpee, MA, 02649, or the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, 2095 Main Street, Brewster, MA, 02631.