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Paul D. Lynch Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
“My father was someone who had an amazing ability to connect with people from all walks of life. He was always preaching to my brother David and I the importance of being respectful---to our Mother, teachers, people of authority, strangers on the street---and he lived by this principle every day,” said son Peter Lynch.

Paul’s association with Westerly began more than 30 years ago when he became the president of Wescon Corp. “P.D.”, as he was known to many, became well-known in the community through the years for his generosity. “A little to a lot” was one of his expressions and any local organization that asked would receive a contribution from Paul and Wescon.

One of Paul’s biggest civic accomplishments was the restoration of the Granite Theater in downtown Westerly. A theater buff himself whose Sunday drives included a CD of one of his favorite broadway shows, Paul felt that a community theater was important for Westerly and helped purchase the theater (known then as the Colonial) and re-made it into a thriving performing arts center for the whole area to enjoy.

“Paul had a quote from George Bernard Shaw in his office that life belongs to the community and that it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. This really sums up what Paul was about. He was someone who took great pleasure and pride in being able to help people,” said Paul’s widow Ellen.

With a generous donation from the Horace A. Kimball Foundation, an organization of which Paul was a trustee, the Lynch family set up the Paul D. Lynch Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. The fund will benefit students at Westerly High School, Stonington (CT) High School, and Chariho High School, three schools that serve the children in and around Westerly.

"My father had a great perspective on life and on people. He was so approachable and visible throughout the Westerly area. It is our hope that this fund will allow us to continue his legacy of generosity forever,” concluded Peter.
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