MONTAGUE - Alfred P. Lucas, 95, died Tuesday evening, March 5, 2013, at home following a period of declining health.
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A native of Montague, he was born on Aug. 18, 1917, a son to Albin and Amelia (Giknis) Lucas. He resided with his family in Greenfield on the fabled ""Canada Hill"" section and attended Greenfield Public Schools, graduating from GHS in the Class of 1935.
He entered the work force in the private sector until February of 1944 when he answered his country's call to military service joining the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served during WWII with the 11th Fighter Control Squadron in the Asiatic/Pacific Theater of conflict, as a Fighter Interceptor Controller. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the American Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in March of 1946 with the rank of 1st Lt.
Upon is return to civilian life, he resumed his work in the private sector, only to be recalled to active duty during the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Air Force in the 32nd Air Defense Division from 1950 to 1952.
Upon his honorable discharge, he resumed his career with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Employment Security, retiring as the Office Manager in 1982, following a 30-year period of service.
Al was active in community affairs, having served previously as a member of the Turners Falls Airport Commission, as well as a member of the Town of Montague Veteran's Memorial Committee.
He was a devout communicant of the former St. Mary's of the Assumption Church, (now known as Our Lady of Peace Parish) where he served on the Parish Council and Finance Committee. He was a life member of the Greenfield BPOE #1296 and was active in the former Farren Memorial Hospital Guild.
Al enjoyed hunting and shared a love of fresh water and deep sea fishing and boating with his siblings and his father. Many a family outing, were centered around this shared passion, culminating in a time honored tradition of a ""fish fry"" family dinner at the end of the day.
Al had an inseparable relationship with his canine companion ""Dolly"" for many years.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, the former Helena A. 'Nell"" (Navicky) Lucas, in April of 2001.
He is lovingly remembered by his siblings: Amelia P. Markol and her husband Joe of Montague, Ernest S. Lucas and his wife Annabelle of Erving, and by his sister-in-law, Dolly Lucas, wife of the late John Lucas of Turners Falls, as well as by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews, who will remember him with great affection.
Al was also predeceased by his siblings, Helen M. Kuzmeskus and Joseph Lucas.
Funeral services will be observed on Saturday, March 9, 2013, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 90 Seventh St., Turners Falls, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, pastor, will be the celebrant. Rites of committal with full military honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Turners Falls. Members of the Elite Patriot Honor Guard of the USAF will be in attendance and will be joined by members of the Hale-Clapp VFW Post #3295 from South Deerfield, who will provide a firing detail. A reception will take place following the committal service in the parish hall of Our Lady of Peace Church.
Visiting hours are omitted.
Expressions of affection in the form of a charitable contribution are requested in lieu of flowers to: Town of Montague Veteran's Memorial Fund, 1 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376 or to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 319, South Deerfield, MA 01373-0319.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at: www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Recorder on Mar. 8, 2013