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Pat Lyons - Memorial Service

December 9, 2017, 1:00PM, at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ

Patrick E. Lyons

Patrick E. Lyons, 71, died suddenly on November 4 from cardiac arrest at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. He was a 30-year resident of Princeton until 2013 when he and his wife moved to Lawrenceville, N.J.

Pat earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in New York City, and was founder and president of Lyons Graphics for over 40 years, a design firm launched in New York and later based in Princeton. In the years leading up to his retirement, he also served as the Director of Communications at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. In addition, Pat was an adjunct professor at Mercer County Community College for many years where he taught computer design — and was routinely delighted by his students’ dedication and creativity. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army in the Signal Corps in both the U.S. and Germany during the Vietnam era.

A loving husband and father, Pat will be remembered by most as a committed community organizer and spirited Princeton volunteer. He served on numerous committees and boards, including the vestry of Trinity Church where he was a long-time member. Pat was a founding member of the Corner House board of directors where he was instrumental in creating their mission statement and was a great champion for Corner House in the community. He also volunteered his time as a member of the Princeton Boy Scout Troop 43 Committee for many years. For the past two years, Pat was president of the Ocean Inlet Yacht Club Condominium in his hometown, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., where he and his wife spent their post-retirement winters.

Rowing, however, was Pat’s mid-life discovery — and his greatest joy. He joined Carnegie Lake Rowing Association in 1995 and became an active and enthusiastic member of both the club and the board of directors. He co-managed the annual Learn-to-Row program every year where novices are introduced to rowing during a 3-month instruction course. An avid racer, Pat eagerly participated in the Head of the Charles in Boston on many occasions, as well as in other regattas across the country. He also loved volunteering at Princeton University regattas on Lake Carnegie.

Pat is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda, and their two children:  Oliver Benton Lyons and his wife, Lucy, of Boston, Mass., and Maggie Ryan and her husband, Terence, of Burke, Va.; a brother, Charles N. Lyons and his wife, Janet, and one nephew, Michael Brian Lyons, all of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He is survived, as well, by countless friends here and abroad, including many in his beloved St. Antonin Noble Val, France, where he was restoring a 15th C. house.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9th at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church in Princeton. Contributions may be made in Pat’s memory to Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or to Carnegie Lake Rowing Association, P. O. Box 330, Princeton, NJ 08542.

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