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A Moving Tribute To Budd Lynch

from Micheline Maynard of the New York Times,

Frank Joseph James Lynch died Tuesday at a nursing home in Dearborn, Mich., at 95, having spent a remarkable 63 years connected with the Red Wings.

When I heard the news, I immediately teared up because his death took another piece of my childhood with him, and took away a voice that was part of Detroit sports history. I have no memories of the Red Wings that don’t include Lynch.

Perhaps because baseball is more popular, Harwell was more widely known. But in Detroit, which calls itself Hockeytown, Lynch was just as treasured. I first became aware of him because of my father, who grew up in Massachusetts and was a rabid hockey fan, regularly planting himself in front of our basement television to watch games. My mother, although a baseball fan, did not have much interest in hockey, and my brother did not follow sports.

I figured out that if I wanted quality time with my father, watching hockey was a way to get it. So I sneaked downstairs, first watching quietly, then asking questions: “What is icing?” “Why was that a penalty?” “Is he really hurt?” My patient father eventually told me, “Just pay attention to the announcer.”

The announcer was Budd Lynch.

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added 3:48pm,

from Lauren Abdel-Razzag,

More than 300 family members, friends and fans attended, including retired Red Wing great Gordie Howe and team owner Marian Ilitch.

"Budd went into a career that put him in the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. But most of all, he was a hall of famer to his family, a hall of famer to his friends," said Deacon Bill Jamieson, who said he has been friends with Lynch for more than 30 years. "It's a legacy to be imitated."

Lynch's casket was wheeled into the church accompanied by a bagpiper. On a table close by sat a framed photo of a smiling Lynch, a glass microphone statue and a bobble head doll of his likeness.

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It’s nice to see a member of the Greatest generation get his due.  These ethnics Irish, Italian, Pole, Jew etc   Gave and never took from this great country. They never complained.

They are what made it great.  God Bless them all.

Posted by 13 user names on 10/14/12 at 03:23 PM ET

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