Obituary of William Arthur Lynch
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my father, William Arthur Lynch, on June 11, 2023 at the Presbyterian Home in New Hartford, NY. I am grateful to have been by his side at the time of his passing. Of all the generous gifts he ever gave, the most valuable and priceless was his great sense of humor. I will always remember him with a smile.
William Arthur Lynch, age ninety-one, was born in Utica, NY on August 11, 1931 to the late Margaret P. (Leffort) and Walter L. Lynch. He was the tenth of fifteen children. After attending Utica schools, Bill enlisted in the US Army and proudly served from 1952 through 1954 during the Korean Conflict. He later married Phyllis (Rondinelli) Winchester, a union of almost twenty years, and although they parted she always held a special place in his heart.
Bill worked various jobs throughout his life, from a shoeshine boy in his youth to occasional side gigs at the neighborhood Bader’s Station in North Utica. The bulk of his career was spent managing P&C Markets and at General Electric Radio/Receiver, and eventually he retired from Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company.
Through the years Bill enjoyed bowling and fishing, and after retirement he became an avid walker. He spent many years walking the grounds of Valley View Golf Course almost daily until age eighty-six, fueled by some healthy competition from his friend Angelo Giacavelli. But above all, Bill’s biggest interest was television. He enjoyed classic movies and musicals, he gained a wide range of knowledge from educational programming, and satisfied his subtle sense of humor with his favorite sitcoms. Bill also had a soft spot for all animals.
Bill is survived by his daughter Margaret (Peggy) Alley, son-in-law James Alley, former spouse Phyllis Winchester, brother Norman, and sister Alice Pearson. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters Helen Welpe, Blanche Fornaro, Virginia (Jean) Longo, Doris Gordon, Eleanor (Liz) Sharpe, Carol Talerico; and brothers John, Walter, Robert, Ronald, Richard, and Thomas Lynch.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at the Presbyterian Home for the compassionate care provided during Bill’s time there. Special thanks to Melissa Post for always providing a ray of sunshine with her faithful visits.
In honor of Bill’s wishes, there will be no public services. Arrangements are entrusted to Heintz Funeral Services, Inc., 1517 Whitesboro Street, Utica, NY. Those wishing to pay tribute to his memory may donate to Anita’s Stevens Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio Street, Utica, NY. 13502.To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of William Lynch, please visit our Tree Store