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Obituary - Wesley A. Lucas

Wesley A. Lucas

Date of Passing: February 4th, 2011

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In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY or the Stevenís Swan Humane Society, Utica, NY.

Wesley A. Lucas, 67, of Waterville, passed away peacefully, in the comfort of his home and surrounded by loved ones on Friday February 4, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. Wesley was born in Yonkers, NY on April 10, 1943, the son of the late Reverend Arthur and Ruth Lucas. Wes spent his formative years in the New York City area. He attended high school in South Central Pennsylvania and graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1961. Wesley matriculated at Albright College in Reading, PA and graduated with a BA in History (1961). In 1977, he received a MS in Recreational Administration from SUNY Cortland (Cortland, NY). Wesley completed Officer Candidate School, and was a First Lieutenant in the US Army (1965-1968), which included a tour of duty in Vietnam (1967). Wesley held sales/marketing positions with 3M Corporation, Record World, and RCA Records, where he worked with artists such as Waylon Jennings, Charlie Pride, John Denver and Elvis Presley. As Field Sales Director for RCA Records, Wesley initiated a national "breakout" of "Take Me Home Country Roads" with John Denver (Seattle, WA). Wes was also a strong administrator, working for the Boy Scouts of America in the 1970''s and as a college administrator at numerous colleges, including Hamilton College in which he served as a Dean of Students. Following his retirement in 2003, Wes enjoyed the simple pleasures of living in Waterville, a community that he adopted as his own and admired for its beauty and quietness. Wes's interests included a great love for sports, most notably baseball. He was an avid Yankees fan, but his true admiration and loyalty was to the Brooklyn Dodgers, and especially, his hero, Jackie Robinson. Wes's other interests included gardening, racquetball, cross country skiing, traveling and sharing time with his dear animal friends, Annie, Luke and Bear. Wes is survived by his loving wife Deborah Lucas; his step children, Chad Hockenberger and Amy and David Ruhf; his brothers, William Lucas and his wife, Alice and David Lucas; his sisters, Arlene Frederick and her husband, Wilfred and Mary Kallenberger and her husband, John. Wes was a loving uncle to his nephews, Richard Lucas, Robert Lucas, James Lucas and Mark Lucas, and their wives and children. Additionally, his aunts Naomi Weick and Evelyn Stefanski; his cousins; and many family friends survive him. Wes will be remembered Tuesday, February 8th with calling hours from 3-4 PM at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House, Main St. Waterville. A service will follow at 4:00 in the church. The family would like to express gratitude to caregivers Berit Nelson FNP, Dr. Francis Chabot and staff, Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., the wonderful staff at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Dr. Thomas Schwaab, a surgeon at Roswell Park. Special thanks to Rector Johanna Marcure for her guidance and pastoral care and the support of our church family at Grace Episcopal Church, our loving friends, Bob and Karen Sonia, Eileen Fehlner, BOCES, staff and colleagues at Waterville Elementary School and our kind neighbors, John and Myrna Foster and the Baumgarten family. "When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have." ~ Edgar Watson Howe Arrangements are with the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, Waterville.

Condolences:

Deb - We were saddened by the news of Wes'death. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Bob and Terri
Terri Hockenberger

Mrs. Lucas we were very saddened to hear of your husbands passing. Please note that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Joyce and Gordon Roberts
joyce roberts

My dear nephew, Wesley: you will always be remembered and loved. Love, Aunt Ev
Aunt Evelyn

Wes: You WILL BE MISSED, brother! You always had our interests at heart and ALWAYS helped the "little guy". Never forgotten; always the trouper! Even though you couldn't teach me how to drive. I LOVE YOU forever. Your loving sister, Arlene
Sister Arlene