Thomas “Tom” Simmons Lynch

January 22, 1955 - July 13, 2014
Thomas “Tom” Simmons Lynch


Thomas Simmons “Tom” Lynch died on Sunday, July 13, 2014. His life mate of 15 years, Faith, was by his side. The cause of death was a fabulous life, including 25 years of easy beach living in Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach.

He is survived by his siblings; John, Logan, & Sallie; his in-laws, Annette, Marsden and Carter; his nieces and nephews; Caroline & John, Jack & Cate, Simmons, Marsden & Kendall, Liz & Jason, Carter, & Will; Katelyn and Justin; his great nieces & nephews; Parker, Molly, Campbell, Lilly, Ian, Falon, Geneva and Piper; his Uncle Billy; his first wife Cathy; and his dog Zeus. Tom loved and enjoyed every one of them. Several of them have picked up Tom’s unique southern drawl.

Tom was born in High Point, North Carolina on January 22, 1955 to Dr. John F. Lynch & Betty Simmons Lynch. He attended High Point public schools and was an Eagle Scout. He continued his education at Woodberry Forest School, NC State University, and graduated from High Point College.

Although Tom was a career salesman in hardwoods, floor coverings, and real estate; he was not a man who focused on academic and career accomplishments. An honest and principled life, along with some Rocky Mount sausage & a few beers, was just fine.

His passions were fishing, hunting, golfing, a little poker, and having fun with his dear friends. Tom hated hypocrites and UNC, not necessarily in that order. Tom was funny, truthful, self-depreciating, straight to the point, and likeable.

Tom’s trademark was his sense of humor & sense of conservatism. He deftly wielded them throughout his infamous toasts at weddings and parties. An example was at his dad’s second wedding, when Tom told the wedding party that you would think a couple with 144 years of life experience would have enough sense not to get married. He then warned the participants at this Episcopal event to be careful when choosing between sipping, dipping, & knee walking. Tom finished up by advising them that he was consistently “right” and although occasionally supporting moderates like Jesse, Strom, & Rush he was basically conservative.

Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Tom’s life in their own way. Instead of flowers, Tom would hope that you will do a clever unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness to someone in his name or just tell a “Tom” story. Tom will be cremated and the destination of his ashes will be left to your imagination.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 16th at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Third Street, Wilmington, NC. Reception to follow in Gilmore Hall.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • July 15, 2014
    Bob Hanner says:
    I was saddened and dismayed to hear of Tom Lynch’s death. He was a likeable, considerate and endearing person who we will all miss. I enjoyed the golfing and social outings with him over the years and recall many fun and enjoyable times. I do not know who wrote the obituary but it was priceless. Your friend, Bob

  • July 23, 2014
    Andi Marsden Morgan says:
    When I think of Tommy, my first memory is the photo of my brother John, Alex Rankin, and Tommy bunched together in a leather recliner. The boys were about 4 years old and full of mischief and giggles. I hope he enjoyed life as vigorously as he did back then! We will all miss him. Love, Andi

  • July 16, 2014
    Dottie & Grant Kilpatrick says:
    Faith, we understand your sorrow and even though we can't be with you today we want to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will see you soon. Dottie & Grant

  • July 16, 2014
    Mary Baggett says:
    Dearest Johnny, Logan and Sallie--Cliff and I send heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear brother Tom. I will always remember his smile, his warmth, his wit and his heart of gold!!! I think he enjoyed every moment of life on earth and is now soaring in Heaven. Please know that we are truly thinking of you all and your families and send our deepest sympathies, prayers and love.

  • July 16, 2014
    Ernie and Phyllis WIlson says:
    Our Heartfelt Sympathy to the family of Tom Lynch. We loved Tom and his memory will remain in our family and our hearts always.