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Rest in Peace Ukulele Mike

January 7, 2018

Ukulele Mike Lynch RIP

Dear Ukulele friends,

In great sadness, we post that Ukulele Mike passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, January 2, 2018. He is survived by Collene Sinclair Lynch, his loving wife of 47 years; children, Erin and Dianne; his brother, Tim (Lucy) and their family; and the entire Sinclair Clan.

Mike loved playing the ukulele (and just about any other instrument he could get his hands on)! He considered himself a teacher, rather than a performer, and strove to make music accessible to students of all levels.

He was devoted to you-his followers and friends around the world-on the web and YouTube.

Please note that the family intends to continue Ukulele Mike’s commitment to his Ukulele fans and followers. All music and songbooks, etc. will continue to be available through the store.

We thank you for all your loving tributes to him; it means a great deal to us all! Together, with just 4 strings, let us build a world of peace! Mahalo!

Remembrances may be made to Puget Sound Kidney Centers Foundation.

Please sign the Guestbook at the Harvey Funeral Home website.

32 Comments leave one →
  1. Cal permalink
    January 7, 2018 2:54 p01

    I am deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Ukulele Mike. Although I have never met him face-to-face, you felt like a personal friend due to his caring personality. He was special and admired and assuredly given a special place in heaven. I like many will miss Ukulele Mike.

  2. Stephanie Simms permalink
    January 7, 2018 2:54 p01

    I have just received the news of Ukulele Mike’s passing. I am deeply saddened by the news and wish to convey my condolences to his family. He was my sole inspiration for everything Ukulele. I shall remember him with great fondness.

    Stephanie Simms (Australia)

  3. Susan Scott permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Really sad. I have learnt so much from Mike’s videos.they were done in such an easy and fun way for everyone to enjoy.
    Love to all the family.

  4. Mitsy Callender permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    OMGoodness! So sad, what a Legend. Millions around the globe learned so much from Mike, he surely can Rest In Peace knowing he made such a Happy Difference to so many lives. We Salute, Thank & Honour You Mike. He will probably carry on teaching up there…… spreading his talent & joy. Much Caring & Comfort to Collene & all Family from around the globe, You must be so Proud, sad but Proud. Much Gratitude ~ Mitsy [Queensland, Australia]

  5. Robert permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Rest In Peace Mike. My condolences to Mike’s family. Mike touch the lives of many.

  6. Delores Radford permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Ukulele Mike Lynch will always be remembered. That first ukulele I got in 2008 would have been laid aside by now if I hadn’t found Ukulele Mike on You Tube. My heart is saddened by his passing but I know there is a place in Heaven where our Ukulele Mike is still teaching the love of the ukulele. Delores Radford

  7. January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    So sad to hear that Ukulele Mike has died. My thoughts are with his family.
    He was an inspiration to me and I’m sure to many others.

  8. January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Please accept my sincerest condolences to a great musician
    and Ukelele player My thoughts are with you and your family.

  9. permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    My deepest condolences Dennis

    Sent from my iPhone


  10. Laurie permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Sad to hear of his passing. I really enjoy playing from his music books and have learned a lot from his tiutorials. He made playing solo chord arrangements fun. RIP Ukulele Mike.

  11. Bud Runion permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    What an inspiration he has been to an old guy like me! A very sad day.

  12. Betsey Kuzia permalink
    January 8, 2018 2:54 p01

    Thanks for letting me know. I am so sorry to hear this as Mike was such an inspiration to so many of us!

    Betsey Kuzia in Albany NY

    Typed on my tiny keyboard!


  13. Judy slinn permalink
    January 9, 2018 2:54 p01

    Isn’t it wonderful how one man can bring so much love and joy to the world by playing a four string instrument, the ukulele. He will greatly be missed. Loved this happy gentleman.

  14. Phyllis Feaster permalink
    January 9, 2018 2:54 p01

    May each of us touch a tenth of the lives our wonderful Mike did. I continue to learn from Mike’s amazing library….what a generous gift. Thank you Mike…for your gift of all things ukulele ❤️

  15. January 13, 2018 2:54 p01

    My most sincere condolences.

  16. Raé Dollard permalink
    January 22, 2018 2:54 p01

    A great loss but his teaching will carry on.

  17. February 1, 2018 2:54 p02

    I’ve been learning from the 5 chord melody books and the 2 Christmas books for about a year. It’s so sad to learn that Mike has gone to Heaven; my condolences to the family. May his music and loving teaching style on Youtube and Vimeo continue to touch and inspire us.

    Tony (1946) Png, Singapore

  18. February 2, 2018 2:54 p02

    I found his YouTube videos when I started playing ukulele — and loved him for taking the time to teach so many of us how to play some of our favorite songs! This is sad news.

  19. Dallas Hewett permalink
    February 9, 2018 2:54 p02

    I just bought a ukulele in January when I was in Hawaii and I just found Ukulele Mike. My condolences to his family and friends. I look forward to learning from him even while he’s gone.

  20. Gema Carlson permalink
    February 15, 2018 2:54 p02

    Ukulele Mike was the first person who I showed me how to play the ukulele. His YouTube videos were so easy to understand. I knew he was awesome when he personally replied to one of my emails asking about a song. It was such a warm, friendly, encouraging reply. Rest in peace. From Gema in New Zealand.

  21. Jackie McNabb permalink
    March 21, 2018 2:54 p03

    I never met Mike, but feel like I have lost a friend. What a gentle and generous soul! I have watched his instructional videos – even performed one of his arrangements! and bought his E-books. So glad his work lives on!

  22. April 2, 2018 2:54 p04

    Hi Lee, I just started the Ukulele and was sad to learn about Mike. RIP Mike. Such a talented man.

  23. Landis Major permalink
    April 16, 2018 2:54 p04

    Mike left us a wonderful legacy of his wonderful teaching skills, happy personality, and the joy of music. Heaven will be a happy place for him to bring joy to others. Thank you, Mike, for giving of yourself to those who enjoy playing the Ukulele.

  24. Michael Pride permalink
    April 22, 2018 2:54 p04

    Mike was my on line inspiration to take up the ukulele after many years of playing drums. At 70yrs old it wasn’t easy for me to change instruments, but Mike made it so much more pleasurable and kept me going. I have only just found out about his passing and I am deeply saddened by it. I feel like I have lost a close friend even though we only met via U Tube. My heart goes out to his surviving family. Thank you Mike.

  25. Bob Richards permalink
    May 11, 2018 2:54 p05

    I am saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. His lessons and tutorials have encouraged me to continue to play the ukulele and work on different pieces. He made learning so much easier.

  26. Nane Aluli permalink
    June 2, 2018 2:54 p06

    So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I enjoyed his You Tube videos and continue to watch them to try and improve me playing the ukulele. May he rest in peace.

  27. Donald Cingrani permalink
    June 22, 2018 2:54 p06

    Mike was the first ukulele teacher I found online. His tutorials were indispensable as I struggled to learn to play my very first string’ed instrument. More importantly, however, he showed me early on how the ukulele brings together folks from all walks of life to share in the simple joy of making music together. Mike legacy lives on through the fingers and strings, plucks and chucks of the many of us he helped along our journey of musical creation.

  28. Linny Fleming permalink
    September 11, 2018 2:54 p09

    I am 74 years old and living in a retirement community. I am going to give a presentation on the ukulele. I am going to talk about Mike Lynch and his u-tube lessons. but more importantly;
    Of how gentle, kind, and giving he was to work with children and adults alike. He inspired me to buy a uke about 10 years ago. I told my husband that I wanted to learn how to play an
    instrument before I die. I am still playing 3 different sizes and only OSCAR SCHMIDT BRANDS. COLLENE, I know how you are feeling about spending the rest of your life without
    Linny Fleming ,Ohio.

  29. UkePlayer permalink
    September 23, 2018 2:54 p09

    So so sorry. I didn’t know Mike, but yet he was one of my best teachers.

  30. Floydius-Maximus permalink
    October 5, 2018 2:54 p10

    Ukulele Mike … don’t go!

  31. Lance Leichtle permalink
    October 10, 2018 2:54 p10

    I just got started with the ukulele but my thoughts are with him

  32. Bill permalink
    February 12, 2019 2:54 p02

    The world’s loss; heaven’s gain!

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