WYANDOTTE, Mich. (AP) — The legacy of longtime Detroit Red Wings public address announcer Budd Lynch was celebrated and remembered during his visitation and funeral Saturday.
Family and friends gathered at a funeral home and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wyandotte.
Lynch, 95, died Tuesday following a brief illness at a Detroit-area rehabilitation center. He worked for the Red Wings for 63 years — the longest tenured employee in the NHL club's history.
University of Michigan football and Detroit Lions broadcaster Jim Brandstatter called Lynch "one of the most unforgettable characters" he ever met, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"He was an unabashed supporter of the city of Detroit and the game of hockey," Brandstatter said during Lynch's visitation. "When you heard him and listened to him on the radio, you got to like him. When you got to meet him, you liked him even more.
"The loss of Budd Lynch has left a big hole in the fabric and history of hockey. It's sad we won't have those stories any more from Budd's lips, because nobody told them better."