Reuben Lynch: ‘Too young, too soon’
Mr Lynch’s requiem mass was live streamed at noon with only ten of his close family members able to physically attend the funeral.
Mr Lynch, who was in his 40s, was a well-known figure on the Cork music scene for many years as the bass player in his father’s band, The Lynch Mob.
Director of Crawford Art Gallery Mary McCarthy described Mr Lynch as a friendly man who “always gave a great gig”.
“Like with so many in Cork, we were on a nodding basis. He and his family were a significant part of me and my late husband Kevin Guerin's wedding day. We had seen them so often, we thought why not? And indeed they helped all party late into the night in Glandore many years ago,” she told the Cork Independent.
Ms McCarthy, who is a colleague of Mr Lynch’s sister Maeve, added: “Reuben Lynch is a significant loss to his family, his many friends and a music scene that now feels like a different era. Too young, too soon.”
Many took to social media following the news of Mr Lynch’s sudden death. Songwriter Tom Jordan wrote: “Sincerest condolences to you and your family Maeve. Reuben seemed to me a lovely quiet fella. Met him many times around gigs and loved his musicality on the bass. Cork will miss him. He had a warm smile.”
Friend Clare Cogan wrote: “We said goodbye today to a wonderful musician, a kind soul and a gentleman. RIP Reuben Lynch. Not the send off you deserve but that will come.”
Actor Jared Garfield added: “Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Reuben Lynch. Seeing him perform at Henchy's with his father Ricky are some of my happiest memories with my family in Cork. He was gentle and kind. My thoughts with Ricky and the family. Rest in Peace.”
Mr Lynch’s body was found in his home in Curraheen Drive near Bishopstown shortly after 4pm on New Year’s Day after concerned family members alerted the gardaí.
Mr Lynch’s body was taken to CUH where a post mortem examination was carried out. Gardaí opened an investigation into Mr Lynch’s death and have since ruled out any foul play. Mr Lynch leaves behind his mother Margaret, father Ricky, brothers Graham and Daniel and sister Maeve.