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Aug. 25, 1941 – Aug. 5, 2013

James D. Lynch, a retired mail engineer and small business owner, died Monday. He was 71.

Mr. Lynch was born in Buffalo and grew up in the Town of Tonawanda, where he graduated from Kenmore West High School. He worked briefly at General Motors before joining the U.S. Army.

Mr. Lynch served as a ballistic meteorologist at military bases throughout Europe, at one point saving a fellow soldier from drowning after a late-night swim in the Rhine River.

After his military service, Mr. Lynch began his nearly 30-year career at Pitney Bowes in Amherst, where he was a field service engineer who serviced mail equipment.

After his work at Pitney Bowes, Mr. Lynch founded his own mail service business, Lynch Mail Systems, where he had many big clients including the University at Buffalo, Delphi and the Town of Amherst. Mr. Lynch was known for popping in at each office and telling jokes and sharing stories with his customers.

In 2005, Mr. Lynch sold his company and began an active retirement. He sang and played guitar and enjoyed boating on the Niagara River, running and downhill skiing.

He was an active member of St. Edmund Church and a member of the Niagara County Underwater Explorers Club.

Mr. Lynch is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Linda Lentsch; a brother, Patrick; and three sons, Thomas, David and Robert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda.