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White Plains Local Bertram Lynn Dies at 96

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Bertram U. Lynn, a longtime White Plains resident, died March 13 at home. He was 96.

Lynn was born Jan. 11, 1916, in Jersey City, N.J. He served as a lieutenant with Company C at 37th Engineer Combat Battalion during World War II, where he led a unit in the third wave of the D-Day assault in Normandy.

While stationed in Wales, Lynn met and married Margaret "Meg" Screech, who predeceased him in 2008. He worked at Countywide Gas in White Plains and Armonk and later enjoyed working at Westchester Ski and Sport Shop.

For decades, Lynn was a dedicated member of Ridgeview Congregational Church in White Plains, serving at various times as moderator, choir member and committee member. Lynn's contribution to United Church of Christ was recognized when he was appointed moderator of its New York State Conference.

Lynn had a passion for writing, poetry, singing, the sea, sunsets, golf, the New York Mets and single-malt scotch. His guidance was often sought by family and friends during life's challenges; he dispensed advice with realism tempered by compassion.

He is survived by his daughter, Sue, of White Plains, his son Dave and family of Bolton, Conn., his son Jeff and family of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and numerous friends.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Ballard-Durand Funeral and Cremation Services in White Plains. A funeral Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeview Congregational Church, followed by interment at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.

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