I didn't know Dennis as well and as long as most, but the years I did know him will forever be memorable. The first time I met Dennis, I was young, green and new to the sales side. He welcomed me with open arms (literally) and every time after that. He gave the BEST hugs. I'm not sure if that had anything to do with my 4-foot-11-inch frame, but every time I saw him, no matter how busy we were, he always had time to give a hug. I loved to give him a hard time as well, claiming he “cheated” on me, as I saw him giving others hugs, but that just shows you what a kind, personable man he was. His undeniable sense of humor is the next thing I will always remember about him. I could sit and listen to him tell me the funniest stories for hours so that my face hurt from laughing so hard. He (as well as Snitch Jr.) were my partners in crime many times as well, always helping come up with a funny joke to play on my boss. In the end though, I will always remember Dennis's magnanimous spirit. That is what carried him above others and what I see in the outpouring of amazing stories everyone has to tell. And he was right, as he wrote in one of his blogs, “Realizing and appreciating lifelong friendships can't be outdone for lifting one's spirits.” Dennis, you lifted mine in so many ways. I will hold onto those hugs until I can eventually get another.
-Much love always, Shorty
TIM KENT, Managing Director, Goffs UK
I was lucky enough to spend six wonderful months as an intern at Fasig-Tipton in 2006 and I was fortunate that my desk was situated in the walkway between the offices of Bill Graves and Dennis Lynch. Well what an education that turned out to be! Two wonderful men who taught me so much about the horse business. Not just great horsemen but great with people and their wonderful ability to liaise with clients has had a lasting impact on me. I still chuckle at some of their expressions, many of which are not repeatable, but they taught me so much and I will forever be grateful to them both. Two great men. Thank you Bill. Thank you Dennis. May you both rest in peace.
I have known Dennis since our college days at UK. As we both spent our post-graduate years in the company of Thoroughbred horses, our paths continued to cross but my most cherished memories of Dennis will be the years we both sat on the board of the North Lexington YMCA together. We planned and schemed and gave money and raised money for the outreach of our very diversified and beloved “North Side” of Lexington which I have always referred affectionately to as my neighborHOOD–my HOOD being the north Lexington farm community. “Hey, what's happening in the HOOD today?” he would always ask, knowing how a HOOD-raised-and-grazed rooting-interest horse had just distinguished itself in some big race somewhere. We'd talk horses for a bit, but more importantly we'd talk community outreach to “our” people of the north end of Lexington. Dennis's quiet common sense, his interest and his involvement in the betterment of the people of the North Lexington community will be irreplaceable on many fronts. Dennis Lynch cut through life with a broad swath.