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Funeral Arrangements Set for Red Wings Announcer Budd Lynch

Visitation for the longtime Red Wings announcer and Wyandotte resident will be held Friday, followed by a Saturday service.

One of Hockeytowns most notable voices was silenced Tuesday with the sudden death of Budd Lynch.

The 95-year-old worked for the Detroit Red Wings for 63 years, the last of which as the organization's public address announcer.

Those who knew him -- or simply knew his recognizable voice -- are invited to his funeral service, which is open to the public.

Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at R.J. Nixon Funeral Home, 2544 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte. A Rosary service is set for 7 p.m.

Visitation will continue from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 344 Elm St., Wyandotte. A Mass celebrating his life is set for 11 a.m. at the church.

He will be cremated. Memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers. A charity of choice is expected to be announced Wednesday. Check back later for more information.

Here is the official obituary, courtesy of R.J. Nixon Funeral Home:

Budd Francis Lynch passed away on Tuesday, October 9th following a brief illness, but having celebrated 95 wonderful years of life. He now happily joins his beloved wife Thelma and is also preceded in death by Frances Lynch, the mother of his six daughters: Janis (Arthur) Ruffino, Valerie Morris, Mary (Tony) Schimizzi, Frances (Bill) Lary, Patricia (John) Lamerato and Lori (Steve) Grieve-Knorr. He will be sadly missed, but joyously remembered by his 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A WWII veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Budd survived the amputation of his right arm, but not held back, decided to meet life with determination and perseverance. He turned misfortune into a gift and to the very end concentrated on helping so many who encounter challenges.

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