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Bret Lynch, corrections officer, fire company leader; Nov. 3, 1964 -- April 22, 2011

Bret M. Lynch, a corrections officer and a leader in the Grand Island Fire Company, died last Friday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. He was 46.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Lynch graduated from Grand Island High School, where he played football and was a member of the Student Council and debate teams. He studied political science at Canisius College.

For 23 years, Mr. Lynch was employed as a state corrections officer.

A certified emergency medical technician, he served as vice president and president of Grand Island Volunteer Fire Company, where he was a member for 27 years.

He also was a Democratic Party committeeman on Grand Island and was active in youth organizations and college preparatory programs.

Survivors include his wife, the former Tracey Ross; his parents, Marice B. and Earl M.; two sisters, Kelle McMahon and Jessica Gray; and grandparents Otha Flood and Lydia Lynch.

Services were Thursday.

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