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Farrell Lynch
Age: 39
Occupation: Partner
Worked for: Cantor Fitzgerald
Originally from:
Resided in: Centerport, NY
School:
College: Nazareth College
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From NY Post Dec 28, 2001
FRIEND'S DEATH LED VG TO TRANSFORM LIFE

While the Knicks may or may not be battling in the first round of the playoffs on April 29, Jeff Van Gundy has definite plans. Van Gundy will be hitting golf balls on Long Island to raise money for the family of his fallen friend, Farrell Lynch.

Van Gundy, who resigned as Knicks coach three weeks ago, is part of the organizing committee for what may become an annual fundraiser at the Indian Hills Golf Club for the families of Lynch and his brother Sean Lynch, both of whom perished at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

With basketball his obsession, Van Gundy did not have a lot of close friends away from the court. Farrell Lynch, his college roommate, was it.

Van Gundy downplayed the effect of Sept. 11 during his farewell press conference Dec. 8, and with his players during his goodbye meeting. However, people who know Van Gundy's relationship with Lynch, a stockbroker at Cantor Fitzgerald, believes his lack of "laserlike focus" and his sudden quest to spend more time with his family and 6-year-old daughter, Mattie, was directly related to Lynch's death.

Pat Cannon, a close friend of Lynch's who is running the golf tournament with Van Gundy, believes "75 percent" of the Knicks' coach's decision to quit stemmed from the death of their mutual friend.

"Jeff is really a post-Sept. 11 hero figure in my eyes," said Cannon, a Huntington Station attorney. "He's a workaholic who took a step back and got a grip on his life. He's taken this event and is going to spend more time with his family and change the focus in his life.

"It was a significant event in my life. I can see all [Lynch's] friends extraordinarily effected by it," Cannon added. "He was a beacon of light for all his friends. Jeff saw Farrell as an example of balancing family and work. He was a tremendous guy, a unique character who you looked towards as a way to lead your life."

Lynch, a Centerport resident, left a wife, Eileen, and three grade-school aged children. Van Gundy has made many phone calls to Lynch's wife. The charity event has already drawn 132 golfers. A black-tie affair in the Lynch's honor is also expected to be held in Manhattan to raise money.

Cannon gets angry when he hears theories Van Gundy quit because he didn't like the Dolans and felt he'd be fired anyway at season's end. Van Gundy has admitted he contemplated resigning during the summer and was close to quitting before training camp after Lynch's death.

"I think Jeff thought work will get you back into a normal feeling," Cannon said. "But it doesn't. I haven't been in mood to try heavy cases. It goes deeper than that."

Van Gundy met Lynch at Brockport State and both transferred together to Nazareth College when Jeff's father, Bill, was fired as Brockport's basketball coach.
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07 Feb 2002

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