Paul John Lynch, 72, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and Cary, North Carolina, died April 10 in Florida when he went into cardiac arrest after swimming laps. He was a former resident of Sandwich.

He was the husband of Anne Lynch. They met at a Simon & Garfunkel concert and would have celebrated 50 years of marriage in July.

Born in Mt. Vernon, New York, he grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut. His graduation from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont, in 1971 was followed by his marriage.

Mr. Lynch enlisted in the United States Navy and completed a seven-year tour as a naval aviator flying fixed wings and helicopters. He was stationed in Pensacola, Florida; Brunswick, Maine; and Milton, Florida.

A long career followed with Delta Air Lines; Mr. Lynch was captain and line check airman on the 727 and captain on the 757 and 767.

He and his wife raised their two daughters in East Sandwich. While living here, Mr. Lynch spent days sailing in Nantucket Sound, surfing at Coast Guard Beach and water-skiing in Cape Cod Bay. For more than 30 years he and a tight-knit group of friends on the Cape celebrated New Year’s Eve together.

He settled into retirement in Lakewood Ranch and spent time on the golf course, riding his motorcycle, swimming and landscaping.

In addition to his wife, he leaves their daughters, Colleen Heiden and Katie Baker; four grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Fisher; two brothers, John Lynch and Phil Lynch; and extended family.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 19, at 10 AM in Florida.

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