PORTLAND – John Francis Lynch, D.D.S., 79, a highly regarded Portland dentist and beloved father of eight, died Feb. 25, 2010, in the loving care of his devoted wife, Sandi, one week shy of his 80th birthday, after a prolonged illness, at his home. John was born March 7, 1930, in Bangor, to J. Francis and Catherine (Nichols) Lynch. John graduated from John Bapst High School, the University of Maine, Orono; and the University of Maryland School Of Dentistry, Baltimore. He opened his dental practice in Portland in 1957 after serving two years as a captain in the Army. John was an avid New England sports fan. He followed the Red Sox, Patriots, Sea Dogs and Black Bears, and all his grandchildren’s games with a passion. He was an enthusiastic rose gardener, and inspired many to follow in his footsteps. John was proud of his Irish heritage and spent several vacations in Ireland with friends and family. John was an active member of St. Patrick’s Parish, taking a leadership role in many ways, and finding great comfort in his faith. He was a devoted husband and a loyal provider to his family, and to his patients. John was predeceased by his first wife, Helen (Flanagan) Lynch in 2005; one brother, Richard of Bangor; and one sister, Anne of Boston. He is survived by his wife, Sandi (Wardwell) Lynch of Portland; his brother, James Lynch of Hampden; eight children, Kathleen Daniels and her husband, Bruce, of China Village, Joseph Lynch and his wife, Martha, of Plainfield, N.J., Maureen Robinson and her husband, Keith, of Brewer, Sean Lynch and his wife, Tori, of Portland, Patricia O’Brien and her husband, Timothy, of Northampton, Mass., Erin Rumpf of Kennebunk, Michael Lynch and his wife, Deborah, of Lyman and Patrick Lynch and his wife, Heidi, of Hollis; one stepson, Adam Wardwell and his wife, Monica, of Limerick; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will remain in their hearts forever. Visiting hours will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland, where prayers will be recited 9:15 a.m. Monday, March 1. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Church, 1342 Congress St., Portland. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Donations in John’s name may be made to the American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330 or the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 170 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, ME 04105. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com.