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Dr. Lucas J. Bonagura

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Bonagura, Dr. Lucas J. 11/06/1935 ~ 01/26/2013 CARLSBAD -- Dr. Lucas Joseph Bonagura, longtime Carlsbad resident and well-respected physician, passed away on January 26, 2013, at age 77, surrounded by his loving family. Lucas was born in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his Medical Degree from NYU in 1960 and completed his internship and residency at Philadelphia General Hospital. He also served as a physician in the U.S. Navy until 1967. Lucas moved to San Diego in 1964, and then to Carlsbad in 1966, where he spent over 40 years of his career as a Gastroenterologist and building a successful medical practice. During his affiliation with Tri-City Medical Center, he served as Chief of Staff, a member of the Board of Directors, and often a mentor to new physicians, before officially retiring from medicine in 2005. He often spoke of the practice of medicine as a deep privilege and honor. Proud of his Italian heritage, he thoroughly enjoyed good food, fine wine, and cooking. Friends and family were always welcome in his home and nobody ever left hungry. He was an avid reader and had a passion for music, bridge, baseball, and gardening. He was gentle, caring, intelligent, courageous, and a man of deep personal faith. He treated everyone with respect and dignity. Above all, his priority was always his family. He considered his grandchildren his greatest legacy. He inspired and touched the lives of everyone who knew him and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and patients. Lucas was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 49 years, Patricia (2011). He is survived by his children, Susan (Jerry) Jagar, Alicia (Ken) Moran, and Paul (Stacy) Bonagura; his grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Justin and Luca; and his sister, Ginger - all of Carlsbad. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 2, at 1 p.m., followed by Mass at 1:30 p.m., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlsbad. A graveside ceremony will follow at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any offerings be directed to Tri-City Hospital Foundation or St. Patrick's Capital Campaign.

Published in U-T San Diego on Feb. 1, 2013
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