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July 21, 2013
To The Lucas Family & Faithful;
I knew Maurice as a youngster, playing basketball on the Chauncey Drive and Francis Street courts in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. As the Clinton Family entry of this book says, it was about basketball with Maurice Lucas. I was a few years ahead of Maurice at Schenley H.S. and it gave me great pride to learn that Maurice Lucas and J. Kelly speared Schenley to the State Title for the 69-70 season. I followed Maurice's NBA career and smiled quite happily when he and Bill Walton lead the Trailblazers to the 77 NBA Title over the Philadelphia 76ers. It was very gratifying, to me, that one of the Hill District of Pittsburgh's own made it to the top of the basketball world. I'm quite late with this entry to Maurice's Memorial Guestbook, but it bothered me to learn that Maurice had been gone (to the Almighty Father)a while and I had no knowledge of his demise. The tributes and honors paid to Maurice, herein, are wonderful and deserved. I knew Maurice and the Lucas Family years ago. For you, the Lucas Family, now, my deepest condolences for your loss. K. Owens, Schenley Spartans, 64-65 (City Champions)
October 14, 2012
GOD REST YOUR SOUL MAURICE...YOU AND JEEP KELLY..TWO OF THE GREATEST!...MAY YOU BOTH MEET IN HEAVEN...GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER...DIANNE W. CARTER..PITTSBURGH, PA
December 10, 2010
10 December 2010

Our sincerest condolences to the Lucas Family. We knew Maurice from his days with the St. Louis Spirits. A great player and great guy. We were so very deeply saddened to learn of his death. The good they do die young. May he rest in peace.

The Redmond Family
December 04, 2010
Our sincerest condolences. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
November 23, 2010
To the Lucas Family - I had the honor of working with Maurice back in 95-97 with the Retired Basketball Players Assoc. He was kind and so very down to earth. My deepest sympathy to the Lucas family - he will always be in your hearts. Lucille McNally
November 20, 2010
Sincere sympathy is offered to the family
RIP REESE
November 19, 2010
Reesie ~ over the years you dribbled that ball day and night in the basketball court down from Francis Street. Now you've gone to your heavenly court. We were so proud of you. We shall miss you.
Gladys Cain, Regina, Leah and Stephanie
November 14, 2010
“REMEMBRANCE”

When you hear people talk about Luke, you will usually hear the word “Grate” mention as well great husband, great father, great brother, great son, great friend, great team mate, great citizen; all in all just a great guy.
For me, the one word I would use to describe him is genuine. Luke knew early in life he was blessed and he was truly thankful for his blessing because there was not one day that went by where he took this blessing for granted. I guess this is why he heart was always in the right place whether he was giving something back or giving of him self. When you were around Luke he had a way of making you feel good about yourself and you just knew you were in the presence of someone very special.
I’m sure all of us have taken a pause to reflect on our favorite memory or moment of Luke but for me each minute I spent with him is special, from our early childhood together well into our manhood.
Luke dealt with his illness with the same determination and toughness as he had during his playing days but the time had come for him to come out of the game; not for a time out or for a substitution but to take his place on God’s bench because now he is the “Enforcer” on God’s All-Star team. As I am writing this I have this image in my head of Luke outside the Pearly Gates, standing next to St. Peter with his arms folded across his chest, wearing a denim outfit and cap, looking out for all of us, watching our backs. I just smile and I’m comforted by the thought that he has my back.
Luke, we miss you but you will never be forgotten and you will be forever loved and in our hearts for I know that you are somewhere in heaven teaching the rest of the angels how to do the “Electric Glide”.
I Love you Reese
My Grate cousin
My Greatest friend
November 10, 2010
One of my favorite childhood memories is meeting Maurice Lucas at a basketball camp when I was 9 - 2 years after he led Portland to its only NBA title. He was my hero for most of my life - and I still light up when I talk about "my team" - the 77 Blazers.

I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to run into Mr. Lucas through my college and post-college travels, and in my professional life. He has always been a wonderful aquaintance to run into - because he was always so gracious, gregarious, and fun - quick with a smile.

I know your hearts are heavy, but I hope your many wonderful memories will provide comfort during the difficult times. My prayers are with you.
November 09, 2010
I was privileged to be covering the Suns for The Phoenx Gazette when Maurice joined the Suns. I well remember his first words to me: "You can call me Maurice, or you can call me Luke, but don't call me Mo." His smile and his laugh were contagious - I'll never forget. He was a sportswriter's delight, a gentleman, a fine man, basketball player and he doted on his family. I know he will be dearly missed.
Steve Weston

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