Beacon Obituaries

John Goodall

John Goodall (1928-2017)

John J. Goodall, 89, a lifelong resident of Beacon, died Aug. 2, 2017, at his home with his family by his side.

John was born Mar. 10, 1928, in Beacon, the son of John and Margaret (Hagan) Goodall. He was a Navy veteran who participated in Operation Crossroads, which tested the effects of the atomic bomb on ships at Bikini Atoll.

On Sept. 9, 1950, at St. John the Evangelist Church, he married Mary Lucas, who survives at home. John worked for 46 years at National Biscuit Company, which later became Federal Paper Board, as a pressman. He was a parishioner of St. Joachim – St. John the Evangelist Church, past president of the Holy Name Society, an honorary life member and Past Grand Knight of Trinity Council No. 445 Knights of Columbus and active in Boy Scout Troop 24.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children, Michael Goodall (Melissa) of Roswell, Georgia; Patrick Goodall (Maryalice) of Wappingers Falls; Rosemary Vogt (Greg) of Westport, Connecticut; Timothy Goodall (Gretchen) of Katonah; Andrew Goodall (Donna) of Beacon; Peter Goodall and his fiancée, Kathy Neu, of Beacon; and Leanne Funk (David) of Wappingers Falls. He also is survived by 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; his sister, Sarah Goodall of Geneseo; and his sister-in-law, Margaret Goodall of Fishkill.

The family will receive friends on Aug. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Halvey Funeral Home, 24 Willow St., in Beacon. Members of the Knights of Columbus will hold a service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Joachim Church, 51 Leonard St., in Beacon, with burial with military honors to follow at St. Joachim Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation (

Bridget Lynch

Bridget Lynch (1960-2017)

Bridget Lynch, 56, of Beacon, died suddenly on July 28, 2017.

She was born Dec. 30, 1960 in Beacon, to the Honorable Thomas J. and Joan (Guilbault) Lynch.

After graduating with honors from Beacon High School in 1979, she attended Wagner College on Staten Island to study political science and is a graduate of the program at New York University for title insurance underwriting. She was a title insurer for more than 25 years and was president of Lynch Abstract Co. and partners with her sister, Anne, for nine years.

Bridget had a great love for her family, sharing gardening secrets, making arts and crafts and an undying love for animals.

She is survived by her stepmother, Norma Lynch, of Naples, Florida; her siblings, Anne Lynch of Beacon, Mary Lynch Yates of Brookfield, Connecticut, Sean Lynch of Kingston, Bronwyn Novak of Rhinecliff, and Heather Lynch of East Greenbush.

The family will be greeting friends and relatives with a celebration of her life at a later date. Memorial donations be made to the Animal Rescue Foundation ( or the Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corp. (

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