Lynn Rochester, 68, known affectionately as “Roy Moon” or simply “Moon,” passed away February 13, 2023, after a sudden illness. He was born in Greenville, SC, December 1954, and spent his first 13 years growing up in Clemson, SC. His family then moved to the Taylors/Greenville area, where he spent the majority of his life.
Lynn’s life is difficult to effectively summarize, because he had so many varied interest and talents. He had a marvelous intellect, which enabled him to vigorously pursue a wide range of studies, business ideas, and hobbies – and somehow – simultaneously tackle them all, while neglecting none.
Creatively, he was a genius. This applied to his profession as an electrical engineer, as well as his lifelong passion for music. In the area of electronics, he thought outside the box, and was intuitively innovative (e.g. a Nikola Tesla). Musically he was much more than a master player – he was a prolific, creative writer, producer, and recording engineer. His many original songs were purposely written to avoid duplicating his prior compositions. His goal was to continually. “wow” his fans, So that they might say “His last album was really good, but this new one is great!” Lynn’s alias, “Moon” or “Roy Moon” come from one of his many bands, “Moonpie”, which began in the late 1960s and continued through the mid-1970s. His musical pursuits extended from the ‘60s, well into the 21st century.
A defining example of his determined pursuit of hobbies and interests occurred in the early 1980s – owning and flying an ultralight planes. The fad swept the country then and is still around today. Pilots of ultralights (typically crafts weighing under 250 lbs) do not need a traditional pilot’s license. Instead, pilots of powered ultralights who will take off and land need a Sport Pilot Certificate (receive actually inflight training and pass a written test). Ultralights cannot fly over populated areas like towns or crowds of people, and cruising altitude should not be under 500 feet, nor higher than just under 10,000 feet. Lynn became infatuated with the idea, bought and ultralight kit, built it, and spent many hours flying around Upstate South Carolina at several thousand feet – picture a tricycle with wings. Ultralights are to the famous Lindbergh plane as Lindbergh’s was the Air Force One.
Lynn built his electronics business “Ampworks” from scratch, beginning about 1980 and continuing until this passed year. He was neither a stranger to hard work, nor fearful of it. Whatever it took to grow “Ampworks” he was willing to do, always with an emphasis on perfection and total fairness to his clients. All his work, from the smallest to the largest projects, came with a minimum one-year guarantee.
His personal character was rare and inspirational. Lynn was very comfortable just being himself. The Lynn, that one met and came to know was the real Lynn. He saw no need in pretending to be someone he was not. He was honest, amiable, extremely humorous (and loved to laugh), compassionate, and loving toward his family, friends, and people in general. He absolutely adored animals, especially dogs, and his beloved Golden Retrievers, who throughout the years were family too. Although he was not openly confrontational or judgmental, he had little patience for injustice, dishonesty, and fraudulent or cruel people. Rather, his efforts were directed toward changes that he hoped would eventually have positive effects for the good of all.
Lynn’s life was made complete when he met the love of his life, Nancy Oakley. Their love for each other was as deep and enduring as can be imagined. They had 20 years together, and Lynn and Nancy were truly – ONE. Theirs was a love most hope to find, but few do. We, their friends, pass along our love and sincere condolences to Nancy and her son, Patrick; daughter, Ariel (Tim); much loved grandchildren, Benjamin and Lily; his loving sister, Mollie Massey and his beloved nieces, Laura and Christine.
He was predeceased by his father and mother, Bill and Mildred Rochester.
Lynn’s loved ones and friends, likely and understandably, desired and expected to enjoy a good many additional years with him, but even more likely, no one would claim he wasted even one day.
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