Margaret H. “Peggy” of Scituate, passed away peacefully, July 6, at 90. Beloved wife of the late Jack Lynch. Loving mother of Margo Tansey and her husband Joe (Milton), Ann Marie Lynch (Osterville), Kathy Dell’Aquila and her husband Michael (Rocky Hill, CT). Cherished Grammy of Melissa, Jay (Elly), Michael (Kate), Kaitlyn (Pete) and Tony (Gianna) and great grandmother of Jack, Pepper, Joseph and the late Bella Mae.
Growing up in Brookline, Peggy and her family frequented the Skating Club of Boston and Longwood Cricket Club. She competed as a figure skater and later taught her girls to skate and play tennis just like she did.
As a teenager, Peggy and Jack met on Longwood’s grass tennis courts and went on to be one of the longest members of the club. Peggy and Jack married in 1950 and lived in Brookline before building their family home in Scituate where she lived for over 60 years. They had a tennis court in their back yard and were known to host lessons, family gatherings and friends for matches over the years.
Upon moving to Scituate, Peggy and Jack honed their golf skills at Hatherly Country Club and played tennis at the Scituate Harbor Yacht Club. She was an active member of the Ace of Clubs, a womens social club founded over 100 years ago by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy which also raised money for various charities. Peggy loved playing card games including Bridge and Gin. In later years she kept her mind sharp with a good game of Solitaire or Mahjong with the ladies at the Scituate Country Club. Eventually, her tennis matches at the Yacht Club turned into Monday morning coffees, Thursday night dinners with the ladies or watching the final rounds of the weekend tennis matches.
Peggy joined the Scituate Country Club after Jack passed away in 2005. She quickly stepped up as the treasurer of the ladies 9-holers and coordinated their participation in the South Shore 9-holers invitational league. She loved playing in those Tuesday matches especially when she got to play with her daughter Margo. Peggy played golf well into her 80s, both in Scituate as well as Florida where she spent the winter in Lauderdale by the Sea. She had a consistent straight shot that everyone envied.
In the early 1980s Peggy joined her youngest daughter, Kathy, as a manufacturer’s representative for women’s apparel. A longtime member of the New England Apparel Club (NEAC), Peggy was a former salesperson of the year and thrived at her encore career. She (with Jack always by her side) sold to stores throughout New England and would often be spotted in one of her colorful Lavon jog suits. Always finding the best local restaurants and ice cream shops to stop at along the way, Peggy and Jack loved sharing their finds with their family. One of their favorite ice cream shops was Four Seas in Osterville. They would visit with their daughter Ann Marie and enjoy an ice cream. Jack’s favorite was fresh peach or strawberry. Peggy loved a good sundae with homemade ingredients-- peppermint ice cream, hot fudge, marshmallow and nuts!
Peggy also loved to drive. She was always the family driver going to tennis practice and matches for Ann Marie and Kathy or later cheering from the sidelines as their grandchildren play sports. She especially enjoyed a good drive by the water to visit a lighthouse or to check out the boats.
Peggy and Jack loved their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They welcomed them to their home in Scituate and Lauderdale by the Sea, FL for visits and traveled New England to celebrate their many endeavors. Peggy was an avid knitter and needle pointer throughout her life always having a project nearby. Having knit many blankets, sweaters and Christmas stockings for everyone over the years as well as beautiful needlepoint items, they will be cherished for generations to come.
In addition to Jack and Bella, Peggy was predeceased by her parents Anna and Frank Harrington and her brother Frank and his wife Bette. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved dearly. A private Mass of Christian Burial held at St Mary of the Nativity Church in Scituate, Peggy was laid to eternal rest with Jack at Union Cemetery in Scituate.
Family and friends interested in supporting South Shore Hospital in memory of Peggy are asked to connect with South Shore Health Foundation, www.southshorehealth.org/evergreen. South Shore Hospital including its emergency department, cardiac rehab and the South Shore Visiting Nurse Association are just a few of the many wonderful health care providers who helped Peggy to reach and celebrate her 90th birthday.
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