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Longtime Arch lobbyist Schaefer remembered as untiring Wyoming supporter

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A longtime representative of Wyoming’s coal industry is being remembered as an untiring supporter of Wyoming who set the tone for those who spend their time in the Capitol lobbying legislators.

Greg Schaefer, a longtime Arch Coal employee and lobbyist, died May 10.

Schaefer, who also served as a University of Wyoming trustee, was remembered by colleagues as a steadfast backer of Wyoming’s energy industry.

“He was always a champion not only of the coal industry … but the energy business,” said Wendy Lowe, a lobbyist and longtime friend of Schaefer. “And he really set the tone for how you lobby in Wyoming. He was very gracious, very kind, considerate, vocal, opinionated, always stated his mind. But he was a very fair-minded individual.

Marion Loomis, the former executive director of the Wyoming Mining Association, said Arch’s  former vice president of external affairs was also a strong supporter for the state itself.

“He was an avid Wyoming fan,” Loomis said. “He was a real cheerleader for the state of Wyoming wherever he went.”

Jonathan Downing, a former lobbyist, agreed.

“No matter what type of challenging issue that might come up, even if it didn’t involve mining, he was always one of those advocates for Wyoming and trying to make it better in the various ways that you could,” he said.

Schaefer was always ready to help those he worked beside, said Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr, a former lobbyist.

“I was one of the few females (lobbying in Cheyenne), I was in my 20s and he could have been chauvinistic, he could have been not helpful, condescending, and he was anything but,” she said. “He was always just so generous and so open and so respectful.”

Services are to be held Friday in Gillette.

Friends remember Lynch as always working to help others

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By Cowboy State Daily

Friends of a well known Cheyenne photographer who died in April remembered him as someone who was always willing to help others.

Jim Lynch, 77, died Friday, April 27. He was well known as a photographer and as the founder of a charity to gather coats for needy children, as well as a longtime volunteer for Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Randy Wagner, a fellow photographer and friend of Lynch’s, remembered him as someone who was always willing to help out.

“He’s just (got) a magnetic personality,” he said. “He’s always willing to work, he’s always there, just a great guy. The kind of guy you don’t meet very often, but you’re always glad you did.”

Lynch was responsible for creating “Coats for Kids,” a charity aimed at providing new coats to needy children in Cheyenne. Since it was created, it has put more than 10,000 coats in the hands of children in the city.

Jeff White, who worked with Lynch at Frontier Days and eventually took over the Cheyenne City Council spot once held by Lynch, said the charity was the result of Lynch’s upbringing in Boston.

“He knew what it was like to go without during the winter months,” White said. “It stuck with him and when he had the opportunity to try and do something about it in our community, he did. And he did it very well.”

Lynch served as the personal photographer to former Gov. Mike Sullivan, who commented on Lynch’s sunny disposition.

“Jim Lynch brightened a room with his positivity, his quiet intellect and his hard-to-hide Boston/Irish heritage,” Sullivan said. “He was a gentle giant who was of great help to me, a friend to so many … and Cheyenne and Wyoming are in better places for his presence.”

A memorial service will be held at Cheyenne’s Plains Hotel on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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