GREENWOOD LAKE — Shoulder to shoulder, they packed the pews at the Church ofthe Holy Rosary Wednesday to honor and say goodbye to fallen Marine Lance Cpl. ScottLynch.“We gather here today to honor a fallen hero, a husband, a son, a brother, a comrade, aMarine,” said the Rev. Robert Sweeney, to the standing-room-only crowd for a FuneralMass Wednesday morning.Family, friends and neighbors paid homage to the 22-year-old Greenwood Lake man —known for his beaming smile — who was killed Oct. 6 while conducting a combatoperation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, according to the Department ofDefense.He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II MarineExpeditionary Force, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.Asunkin@th-record.com
He is the third serviceman from the region to be killed in Afghanistan and the 20thfrom the region to be killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
“It's horrific,” said family friend Nadine Vaccarino. “Parents aren't supposed to bury theirchildren. It's not supposed to be that way.”Especially for this man, whom Vaccarino, her daughter Cassie and friend Celia Hoffmandescribed as a sweet and loving person who always smiled. They called him “ScottySmiles.”“We're all proud of him, and we'll never forget him,” Hoffman said.Lynch is survived by his wife, Tanya Sterling Lynch; parents, James and Tammy Lynch;two brothers, James Lynch and Jerry Lynch; as well as other family members.Tanya Lynch told the Times Herald-Record last week that her husband lovedunconditionally, and he was equally loved by all who knew him.“He was the most genuine, sincere person you could ever meet,” said Lauren Farrell,whose brother Michael was one of Lynch's best friends. Farrell said she looked up toLynch as an older brother.Mourners lined the streets clutching flags as the motorcade for Lynch left the church forSt. Stephen's Cemetery in Warwick, where he was laid to rest. They did the sameMonday, when a motorcade brought Lynch's body back from Afghanistan.During calling hours Tuesday, the line to pay respects to Lynch and his family spilled outof the church and snaked around Windermere Avenue.“Over the past week we have seen a town come together,” said the Rev. Chris Yount ofthe Warwick United Methodist Church, who married Lynch and Tanya last May.“Scott brought an entire community together. This man has touched your lives, and hissacrifice can make a huge difference if we stay together.”