John ‘Bud’ Lynn, Woolworth executive and honored veteran

Former Greenwich resident John W. “Bud” Lynn died Nov. 25 in Boca Raton, Fla.

Mr. Lynn, who was 92 at the time of his death, was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Corps. He survived his plane being shot down during the invasion of Italy. He received the Purple Heart and the air medal with eight oak leaf clusters in recognition of his 46 missions. After returning home, he married Adele Grant and began a career with the F.W. Woolworth Co.

Mr. Lynn, who started in the stockroom, held several positions in the company, including Northeastern regional vice president, Mid-Atlantic regional vice president, senior vice president of merchandising, and ultimately, president of the company. He retired from the company as chairman of the board and CEO of the Woolworth Corporation Worldwide.

Mr. Lynn and his family lived in Greenwich for many years before he and his wife moved to Boca Raton after their retirement. While in Greenwich, Mr. Lynn was a parishioner of St. Agnes Church.

Mr. Lynn is survived by his wife and by their children Suzanne Lynn Falkenbush (Richard) of South Burlington, Vt., Dianne Lynn Nofi of Long Island, N.Y., Robert Grant Lynn (Lottie) of Stamford, and J. Thomas Lynn (Julie) of New Canaan, as well as 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

—by the staff

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