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February 12, 2014

Swampscott names gymnasium after Dick Lynch

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“You were afraid of him, especially since you were 14 or 15 years old and he’s 27, but you think he’s about 40 or 50. You were really scared, but he was tough but fair, which are very good qualities,” Taymore said.

“You never heard anyone say a bad word about him. Guys would say, ‘Oh, son of a gun. He did this to us, he did that to us and he made us do that.’ But on Saturday afternoon you were happy he did it.”

Last night, Dick Lynch was happy Swampscott High School invited him for such an occasion.

“He had bladder cancer surgery (last) August 29 and went through chemo and radiation. In October and November he had a major setback and lost a lot of weight, and we were worried that we weren’t going to be able to do this this winter,” Mike Lynch said. “When he found out we were going to do this Feb. 5 (the ceremony’s original date before being postponed due to a snowstorm), he put it on the calender and he started eating, he started walking laps around the house. He said, ‘I’m walking in that place, I’m not coming in in a wheelchair and I’m not walking in with my cane.’

“He had to use the cane a little bit, but he’s thrilled. He may not want to go home. He might be here to shut out the lights tonight.”

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