Richard A. Lynds of Hudson, NH, formerly a lifelong East Boston resident died on Tuesday, March 3 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with Lymphoma.
He was 76 years old.
Richard was born on February 19, 1944 in Boston and moved to East Boston at a young age. He was the eighth child of the late Franklin and Marion (Carbone) Lynds and grew up in the Maverick Housing Development on New Street. There he met his future wife Ann (Hennessey) Lynds of Grady Court.
Richard, like many of his neighborhood friends growing up, was a member of the Assumption CYO Drum and Bugle Corp in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Drum and Bugle Corp performed at many competitions and had the honor of greeting then U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy when he arrived at Boston Logan Airport to march in the East Boston Columbus Day Parade in 1958.
Richard attended East Boston elementary schools and East Boston High School before going to work as a Deli Supervisor for First National Supermarkets.
He worked for First National from 10th grade until the local First National stores went out of business in the late 1970s.
Always a worker and provider for his wife and three children Richard worked several jobs between the late 1970s and early 1980s including Airways Rent-A-Car.
In the 1980s he began a career at the Boston Water and Sewer where he elevated to Manager of Facilities and Fleet. Richard was an important figure and establishing the Boston Water and Sewer’s first union.
After leaving the Boston Water and Sewer he opened his own flower shop on Meridian Street. Richard spent several years as the proprietor of Albano’s Florist before selling the business to take a more steady job at Delta Airlines.
At Delta Airlines Richard worked as a cargo logistics specialist from the 1990s until he retired last year.
Throughout his life Richard was involved in many community activities. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus (KofC) Fitton Council. Through the KofC he and other members were able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for local organizations.
Richard was also a East Boston Little League coach as well as a Cub Scouts of America Den Leader in East Boston in the 1980s.
During the late 1960s he, along with many of his East Boston neighbors, fought against Logan Airport expansion and the taking of Wood Island Park. He participated in several community-wide protests like the organized traffic slowdowns at Logan as well as the tunnel marches.
Later in life and before retiring to Hudson, NH Richard was still an active member of the East Boston community. He was a member of the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council and served for several years on the neighborhood’s Climate Adaptation Planning Delegation.
He was the husband of Ann (Hennessey) Lynds; father of Joann Lynds of Winthrop, Richard C. Lynds and his wife, Jeanine, of Lynnfield and John Lynds and his wife, Rebecca, of East Boston. He was the Papa of Sofia, Brody and Chase Lynds. He was the brother of the late Ruth Langhoff, Franklin Lynds, William Lynds, Doris Watson, Wilson Lynds, and Mary Reidy. He is survived by his sister Ella Shallow and her husband, Edward, of Dorchester. He was also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Family and friends will honor Richard's life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Sunday March 8th from 2:00PM to 6:00PM and again on Monday morning at 8:30AM before leaving in funeral procession to the Most Holy Redeemer Church Maverick St., East Boston for 10:00AM funeral mass in celebration of Richard's life. Services will conclude with committal prayers at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Richard A. Lynds to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift. Gifts may also be sent to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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