BELMAR, NJ — Jerry Lynch, patriarch of the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade, has died due to complications related to the coronavirus. He was 91.

Lynch was active for many years in the Belmar community — most notably as owner of the Lynch’s Hotel for more than 20 years and for his dedicated service to many organizations. He also was known for his talent as a singer, performing at many Irish-American events.

He was a founder of the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade, first held in 1974, and served as its grand marshal in 1982, as well as president of the parade committee.

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He was also a member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore, receiving its 2015 Irishman of the Year award.

Lynch also had served as president of the Belmar Kiwanis Club, and was a member of the Jerry Lynch Social and Civic Club and a longtime parishioner of St. Rose Church, Belmar.

He was a member of the Belmar Board Education for 12 years and also played a key role in the forming the Jersey Shore Summer Basketball League.

He is survived by his wife of more than 61 years, Frances, and two sisters, Eileen McMahon and Regina Reidy, as well as many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, burial will be private, and a memorial mass will be held at St. Rose’s Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Rose Grammar School, Belmar. O'Brien Funeral Home in Wall is in charge of the arrangements. To offer condolences, visit

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