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Francis Joseph Lynch

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Francis Joseph Lynch ( -1906)

1907 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS JOSEPH LYNCH obtained his early engineering training under the late Mr. P. Prichard Baly on the construction of railways and canals in Belgium and in Russian Transcaucasia. For a short period subsequently, he acted as Resident Engineer on the construction of the Poti-Tiflis railway, but was obliged to leave for home in 1865 in consequence of ill-health.

He then decided to follow his profession in Canada, and arriving in that country in 1869, he obtained employment as Engineer in charge of surveys for the Intercolonial Railway, subsequently acting as Resident Engineer on the construction of a section of that line.

On the completion of this work, Mr. Lynch joined the staff of the Canadian Pacific Railway, then under construction, his wide experience of railway work rendering him a welcome recruit to the ranks of the energetic and capable body of engineers who were responsible for the successful completion of that great enterprise.

During the latter part of the work, and for some years afterwards, Mr. Lynch held charge of the chief office at Ottawa under the Deputy Minister of Railways and Canals. For 5 years prior to his death he acted as Resident Engineer on the Grenville and Ottawa Canal.

He died at Ottawa on the 5th January, 1906, from pneumonia, following upon a severe cold contracted whilst engaged upon his work on the canal.

Mr. Lynch was elected a Member of The Institution on the 6th December, 1881.

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