Robert Lynch Obituary: Newark Firefighters Pipe Band Manager, 59, of Rockville Centre, NY, passes away

The sudden passing of Robert Lynch from Newark, New Jersey, has left a void in the hearts of many. On Wednesday, September 20, 2023, Robert Lynch’s unexpected departure shook the community, leaving friends and family in a state of deep grief. As the family mourns during this incredibly challenging time, the public is encouraged to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.

Kilkenny Alehouse paid tribute to Robert P. Lynch and wrote,

“We would like to thank everyone for all the love that was shone for Robert Lynch. To all the customers, staff and former staff thank you for showing up and for all the messages. We are still open and keeping the party is still going the way Rob would have wanted.”

Robert Lynch was an alumnus of Rutgers University and held the esteemed position of road manager for the Newark Firefighters Pipe Band. Remembering a poignant moment, Gale King Speanburg shared, “You walked me back to my office after a lunch (which you never did) You hugged me and said see you kid!! This was right before your last trip to the hospital.” Robert Lynch was not just a road manager but a pillar of the neighborhood, known for his kindness and generous heart.

While details surrounding the circumstances of Robert Lynch’s passing remain unspecified, it is known that he had been battling an illness. The exact nature of the illness remains undisclosed. The community, deeply affected by this loss, has offered heartfelt condolences to the family. Messages of love and support have poured in, reflecting the impact Robert Lynch had on those around him.

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Robert P. Lynch passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at Hackensack University Medical Center, at the age of 59. A visitation to pay respects and offer condolences will be held at Prout Funeral Home, Verona, NJ, on Friday, September 22, from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Verona, on Saturday at 10:30 am.

Originally from Rockville Centre, NY, Robert Lynch spent his formative years in Medford Lakes and Glen Ridge before settling in Verona in 1999. He was the proud owner of the Kilkenny Ale House in Newark since 2006, an establishment that spoke of his love for his Irish heritage.

Robert Lynch’s contributions extended beyond his business. He was an active member of the AOH Division 9 of Montclair and the Shillelagh Club of West Orange, passionately participating in their charitable events. Moreover, as the Vice President of the NJ License Beverage Association, he diligently worked on matters affecting fellow business owners.

In mourning, Robert Lynch leaves behind his wife, Michele Lynch; his son, Robert A. Lynch; and his siblings, Harold Lynch, Mary Jean Lynch, Eileen Vanderpoel, Maureen Lynch, Rose Mary Heugle, and James Lynch, along with many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in his memory to be made to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding childhood cancer research.

Condolences and memories may be shared at, as the community unites to remember and honor Robert Lynch’s impactful life.

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