Date of Death: November 22, 2018
Joseph Aloysius Lynott Sr., a resident of Bethesda and Easton, Md., passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2018, on the occasion of his 65th wedding anniversary. He died peacefully at his home in Easton, at age 90 from congestive heart failure.
Mr. Lynott was a prominent attorney and businessman, and was active in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He founded the law firm, Lynott, Lynott and Parsons P.A., known for its expertise in commercial real estate. Along with his late brother, Martin, he also developed and managed several commercial properties in the area, including multi-family residences, offices and industrial properties.
In the 1970s, Mr. Lynott served as director (1973-1974) and chairman (1975-1977) of the board of trustees of Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. During his term as chairman, the hospital initiated its first major expansion program, which significantly expanded its range of medical services and increased bed capacity by 75 percent. During his tenure, Mr. Lynott arranged for Dame Cicely Saunders, the English physician credited with the birth of the hospice movement, to visit the hospital and to assist with the introduction of a successful at-home hospice program, which was a relatively new concept at that time. The effort resulted in Blue Cross/Blue Shield subsequently awarding the hospital a contract for a pilot home-based hospice program. Holy Cross was the sole suburban Maryland hospital to provide such services at that time.
In the mid-1970s, Mr. Lynott was instrumental in the establishment of the Havicon Insurance Company of Denver, Colo. He served as its chairman of the Organization Committee and, during its initial years of operation, chairman of its Steering Committee. Havicon provided medical liability insurance for all hospitals and medical facilities in the United States operated by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. He was also treasurer of the Maryland Hospital Association, director of the Maryland Hospital Educational Institute and a director of the St. Luke Institute.
Mr. Lynott was a founding director of Montgomery Bank and Trust, former chairman of the board of directors of University National Bank, and former chairman of the Washington Regional Board of Equitable Trust Company. He also served as chairman of several advisory committees to the mayor and council of Rockville and the Rockville Planning Commission.
In addition to his extensive professional activities, Mr. Lynott was very active with the Catholic Church. He was a Knight of Malta and served on the board of directors and as chairman of the organization's International Charitable Program Committee. He served on the Administrative Board of the Catholic Conference of Bishops for the Dioceses of Washington, Baltimore and Wilmington, Del. He was also very active in his primary parish, Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Easton, Md. He was a member of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick and the John Carroll Society, and he was also a member of Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md., and Talbot Country Club in Easton, Md.
Mr. Lynott was an avid golfer and loved to travel. He took great pleasure in planning extended international vacations with his then young family. He continued to travel extensively with his loving wife, Edna, and friends over the years.
While he was widely admired for his intellect and integrity and judgment, he will be forever remembered as a generous and kind man, and an exceptionally loving husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Lynott was born in Pittston, Pa., and he received a B.A. from Villanova University (1950) and his J.D. from Georgetown University (1956), where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War (1951-1953).
Mr. Lynott is survived by his dedicated and loving wife, Edna Fortune (Kane) Lynott; and his four loving children, Kathleen Scheld (Charlie) of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Joseph A. Lynott III (Megan) of Bethesda, Patricia Bonan (James) of Potomac, Maryellyn Timlin Lynott of Baltimore; as well as his nine adoring grandchildren, Christopher (Kim), Kathleen, Brendan (Dana) and Marybeth Scheld, Marielle, Patrick and Michael Lynott, Nicole and Jamie Bonan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. and Mildred (nee Thornton); three brothers, Donald, Thomas, Martin; and two sisters, Katherine and Mary Virginia.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church at 1210 S. Washington St., Easton, Md. Family and friends will be received at Saints Peter and Paul prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, gifts honoring Joseph A. Lynott can be made to Talbot Hospice at 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD 21601, or http://talbothospice.org/donate/.
For online tributes, please visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Star Democrat on Nov. 25, 2018