[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, December 28, 2007 at 04:42:55 :

Independent Journal
Saturday, March 29, 1980


A Mass of Christian Burial for William B. Lynch will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Sausalito.

Lynch died Friday in San Francisco. He was 38.

Lunch, a 10-year resident of Marin County, lived aboard a yacht in Pelican Yacht Harbor in Sausalito.

He was a business executive and civic leader and had been active in local government and Democratic Party politics.

Friends and associates recalled that Lynch, a competitive yachtsman and sailing enthusiast, threw himself into everything he did as vigorously as he sailed.

“He was just so full of life,” an acquaintance said.

He was active in Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign and worked on Jimmy Carter’s campaign for governor of Georgia in 1969.

He was an early Carter supporter in 1976. This year, he had been supporting Sen. Edward Kennedy’s run for the presidency.

Lynch served on the Marin County Planning Commission in 1971 and 1972 and was appointed to another term in 1975. He left the panel early last year.

He had also served on the Marin Center Advisory Commission.

He ran for county assessor in 1978 and led six candidates in the June primary but was beaten in a runoff by W. Bruce Shafter.

“Bill had an outstanding background and a bright future in the political arena. He will be sorely missed by all of us,” Shafer said.

Lynch was born and raised in Massachusetts and graduated from Northwestern University in Boston.

He worked for the Coca-Cola Co. in Boston and Atlanta before coming to Marin in 1970 to take an executive position with the firm in San Francisco.

He formed his own consulting business in 1974 and launched a telecommunications firm in 1976. He was managing partner of Lynch, Young & Associates in San Francisco.

He was active in a number of local civic and charity groups.

He was Marin County chairman of the March of Dimes and served on the executive board of the Bay Area March of Dimes.

He also had been active in the Marin County Easter Seals Society and the Marin County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

He had lived in Novato for years but recently moved to Sausalito to live aboard a 42-foot yacht.

Surviving are his three children, Kevin, 15, Kara, 12, and Tricia, 10, all of Santa Cruz County.

Burial will be in Lynn, Mass.

The family prefers memorial contributions to the Marin County March of Dimes or the American Cancer Society.

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A Death Notice in the same paper adds that he was the nephew of Bill and Agnes Burke, both of Lynn, Mass. Arrangements by Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, Mill Valley.

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