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Robert E. Evans Funeral Home

16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD

OBITUARY

Valentine Francis Lynch

February 14, 1941September 8, 2020
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Valentine F. Lynch, 79 of Gambrills, MD passed away on September 8, 2020. Born in the Bronx, New York, on February 14, 1941, he graduated from Fordham University ROTC with an Economics degree and held an MBA degree from GWU. Mr. Lynch was a retired Air force Colonel and Certified Financial Planner by profession.

A renaissance man, Val held a private pilot’s license, spoke Mandarin Chinese, established numerous business enterprises, served on a number of Boards of Directors, and was a prize-winning deep sea angler. A lover of animals, especially dogs, in 2016 at age 75, Val established the Senior Dog Sanctuary of Maryland (501C3), which provides a safe haven for senior dogs who are unable to be cared for, abandoned or abused. The Sanctuary has since grown nationally, finding permanent homes for hundreds of dogs.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Margee, son Gregory, daughters Christine and Cynthia (Richard) Stone, and two grandsons, Zachary and Travis.

Viewing will take place on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, Bowie, MD from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Crofton, MD, followed by interment at 1:00 p.m. in Crownsville Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Senior Dog Sanctuary of MD are appreciated.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Memories

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Jeff and Linda Green

September 15, 2020

Margee, we're so very sorry to hear about Val's passing. Jeff and I will truly miss him as a neighbor and chatting with him in the evenings while walking the dogs. We grieve with you and your family. Please don't hesitate to call upon us should you need anything.

May God comfort you and bless you and your family. And, may you find peace in the many loving memories the two of you shared over the years.

Virginia/Randolph Jones

September 15, 2020

Val was my hero in so many ways. He was a true gentleman and all-American hero. What he gave to save dogs in danger is beyond description. His affection for our Hana will never be forgotten.

Kevin Ensor

September 15, 2020

My daughter and I knew Val through the Senior Dog Sanctuary. As volunteers we certainly felt very appreciated when speaking to Val and his love of the dogs was very infectious. Val had an open heart and the best of intentions for all of the volunteers and employees of SDS. He always took the time to stop and talk with us when we saw him at the sanctuary and treated us as friends. His love of animals and the amazing effort he put forth for the sanctuary will be missed. I wish I had more time to get to know him, he was certainly one of the most caring people I have met and I am glad my daughter got to know him as well. Rest in peace and may God bless you and your family

Dorthy Wlliams

September 12, 2020

My Husband and our family became friends with the Lynch family in 1964, when we moved in next-door to them in Taiwan.
Our friendship has grown over the years so that we became "family.
Val Lynch was a very honorable;,honest; and reputable man.
he was a friend that would do anything he thought necessary for a good friend.
He and Margee have become our best friends; and he was our "Brother" and Margee ;our" Sister."

our Children(in their 60's) still say uncle Val and Aunt Margee.
We love you and miss you". Rog and Dottie

Edward McDevitt

September 12, 2020

Val was always a wonderful frien on the Ginger Cove Board. I was on the finance committee and was clueless. He knew it. He would always take time for me to understand the concepts discussed. He never made fun of me for my ignorance but took time to ensure I knew what was being discussed. When we saw the sad notice, my wife said, “Val was always so nice to me. What a kind man”. True enough! Great guy who made a difference.

Thomas Maddox

September 12, 2020

Susan and I have spent many pleasant hours in the company of Val and Margie.
On many fishing trips here and in other countries. We met through our mutual membership in the OCLTC fishing club but our friendship extended beyond that. Val had a keen sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh. Val was an extremely generous man. When ever we went to lunch, I'd come back from the men's room and Val would say " ready to leave" I would mention the check and Val would say " it's taken care of". I have many memories of fishing on one or another of numerous CYNTINORYs over the years. I am sure Val passing has left a big hole in many lives including Susan's and mine.

Tom Maddox

Alison Sachs

September 11, 2020

Val had such a big heart and gave so much of himself. So many people’s and animal’s lives have been enriched by his love and kindness.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and all who were blessed to know him.
His legacy will continue with the example he has set for all of us. We should all strive to be as generous. Just think of what that world would look like!
Val you will be so missed and I will remember you and your contributions to world always and will refer to you now as Saint Val❤️
Rest easy and run free with your pack in the heavens.....

Sue Youngs

September 11, 2020

My condolences go out to Val's family. He was kind to people but he will always be known for his love and activism for senior dogs. I know Senior Dog Sanctuary will continue its work in honor of Val. My heart goes out to Val's SDS family as well.

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