Dr. Mary A. Lynch

July 19, 1919February 22, 2013

Dr. Mary A Lynch Sydney

At Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility on Friday, February 22, 2013, the death occurred of Dr. Mary A. Lynch, of Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility, Sydney.

She was born in 1919 in Sydney and was the only daughter of William T. and Sadie (MacMillan) Lynch. She was educated in Sydney, graduating from Holy Angels High School in 1937.

Mary earned a Diploma in Speech Education, St F. X . University in 1939, a certificate in Radio and T. V. Communication, New York University in 1953, a B. A . Degree St. F. X in 1963, an M. A. in Speech Communication, New York University in 1966, a Ph. D, degree in Speech Communication, University of Michigan in 1975.

For several years in Sydney, Mary taught Elocution and Dramatics privately and in secondary schools, before joining the staff of C J FX radio in Antigonish where she produced women\ children’s programs for the station. In 1948 she joined the staff of CBC Radio in Sydney as office manager and freelance broadcaster for five years, and in 1960 joined the teaching facility in speech communication at Xavier Junior college, Sydney. Twenty-four years later, many took her retirement from the University of Cape Breton (CBU). She had been successful in pioneering and building the academic discipline of speech communication.

A lifetime Catholic, Mary was a member of Sacred Heart parish for 70 years. In the wider community she was active in various concert associations, art groups and boards of directors. She was actively involved in national and international speech associations and was a charter member of the Cape Breton branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women.

Her hobbies consisted of music, travel and bridge. Mary was a unique and highly respected person and she will be missed.

Ms. Lynch was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Very precious to Mary, were each of her thirteen nephews and nieces and several grandnephews and grandnieces. Besides her parents, Mary was predeceased by five brothers, Jim, Don, Fr. Joe, Fr. Terence and Vaughan.

The family would like to acknowledge the staff of Harbourstone Enhanced Care, St. Ann’s Bay and Dr. Naeem, for the kind and caring attention given to Mary over the past number of years.

Visitation will take place on Monday, February 25 at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. A mass of Christian Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday at 10 am, cremation will follow the service. Private interment will occur later at Holy Cross Cemetery.

No flowers by request. Donation may be made to Loaves and Fishes, CFUW Cape Breton Branch Bursary Fund, or Cape Breton University Scholarship Fund for graduate study in speech communication.

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Nancy MacMillan

November 6, 2013

I was 11 years old the last time I saw Mary in Beaver Cove (1977) and I still have vivid memories of her smiling, talking and laughing. No doubt you have many great memories. My condolences to you all.

Terry Jobe (Mac Millan)

February 26, 2013

So saddened to hear of Mary's passing.She was an integral part of our childhood and family.Many fond memories of happy times spent around the piano at 97 Byng and outings out in "Shady Vale " at Beaver Cove! Aside from her distinguished career accomplishments, Mary could always be counted on at family gatherings for hilarious stories told (as only she could) with her zany personality and penchant for humor.Sincere condolences to all the nieces and nephews. She will be missed.

James Guy

February 26, 2013

Mary was a generous colleague. She had the rare ability to convey true friendship both inside and out of a professional setting. She had wonderful communication skills, a great sense of humour, and she was a fair judge of character. We were both new faculty in the early 1970s. One could only have the deepest respect for her knowledge, her convictions and her contagious appeal.JimGuy

Viola Doncaster

February 26, 2013

To Mary's relatives and friends,

Mary's life was a blessing
to her family and friends
and now with Mary's passing
this blessing does not end.
Her relationship to our family
goes back throughout time,
when she took part in a play
and left fond memories behind.
"The Absent Minded Bridegroom"
was directed by our Dad,
an A.O.H. performance
with Mary as the Bride.
I'm smiling as I think of her
and the stories Mary shared
even 50 years later
when I met her anywhere.
A lady through and through
a woman I hold dear,
I'll always feel her presence
when I think of her it's clear.
Rest in peace dear Mary
for you have left behind
love and peace and wisdom
for the good of humankind.
- Love, hugs and prayers for blessings for you all, Viola Doncaster

Allan J. MacEachen

February 26, 2013

I knew Mary, Terence, and Father Joe. She will be missed. I offer my condolences to her family.

February 25, 2013

I am so sorry that I am unable to attend wake or funeral as I am in Antigonish at three days of meetings. I would want to express personally my great admiration and gratitude to Mary for being such a supporter and friend when I was chaplain at UCCB and , as well, ever since. I was delighted to enjoy a great visit with Mary on New Year's day when we shared great memories. And once again she was an icon of Christian faith and love of the Lord. My sympathies to Mary's family and friends as we say goodbye to a wonderful woman. I pray the Lord she loved in this life will greet her with an embrace and smile just as she embraced and smiled with so many of us.
Fr. Bedford Doucette

February 24, 2013

Our Sincere Condolences to all of Mary's Family. May she rest in peace.
Butch, Joan & Family.

February 24, 2013

I was so sad to hear of my first cousin's passing, Dr. Mary Lynch. I have known Mary all my life of 82 years, as her mother and my mother were sisters. I just visited Mary last summer and was looking to spend more time with her this year.

Mary was a wonderful person, intelligent, loved life and had a deep feeling for the Holy Spirit. I will miss her greatly, but I have so many fond memories of our times together.

Stan Macdonald, Florida

Douglass Grant

February 24, 2013

Mary was my faculty colleague from 1971 until her retirement. While we came to our jobs with very different world views, I always regarded her as a friend, and someone whose dedication to her students was beyond reproach. Before it ever became fashionable, she was an accomplished and independent woman academic. I deeply regret that geography makes it impossible for me to attend in person, but my thoughts will certainly be with her and her family at the end of a long and distinguished life.

Dennis Ryan

February 24, 2013

My Sincere condolences to the Lynch and related families on the loss of your loved one. I have never had the pleasure of meeting her, but I knew Father's Joe and Terence and brother Vaughn. Father Joe was, for many years, Parish Priest in my home-town of Trenton. Through him, I met Father Terry and Vaughn. I last saw father Joe when he was PP at Creignish and was saddened to learn of his passing while on Missionary Service in Africa.