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John T. Lynch

John T. Lynch, 85, of Northampton, died Sept. 5, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. He was the husband of JoAnne (Privuznak) Lynch for 57 years.

Born in Paterson, N.J., he was a son of the late Joseph M. and Regina C. (Van Houten) Lynch.

He was a 1953 graduate of Lodi High School, Bergen County, N.J.

He was in the U.S. Army National Guard.

He was a stationary engineer.

He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 68, for more than 50 years. He earned the highest level of achievement from the Department of Labor and Industry. He earned the Black Fireman, Blue, Red and Gold Engineer license seals. He worked for Garden State Paper, Garfield, N.J., for most of his career, and retired as a chief power engineer in September 2000.

He was a left-hander for the Cleveland Indians’ double AA class ballclub in Reading. He played baseball in the North Jersey League. He batted an average more than .300, with a career high of .468.

He was a member of St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, North Catasauqua.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Jennifer with Joseph DeMeglio of Shickshinny, Tara with Paul Leahy of Sweet Valley and Melissa with Joe Marion of Somerville, N.J.; five grandchildren, Chelsea DeMeglio and fiance Karl, Meghan DeMeglio, Shauna Leahy, Andrew Leahy and Emily Leahy; a sister, Carol and her husband Gene Famula of Holmdel, N.J.; two sisters-in-law, Louise DeStories of Arizona and Marianne O’Connell of New Jersey; nieces; and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the Egypt VFW Post 7293, 5209 Springmill Road, Whitehall, 18052.

Arrangements were made by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc., Catasauqua.