LUCAS, Robert ""Bob' A.
Bob Lucas, former longtime resident of Rio Vista, passed away peacefully on April 18 at the age of 88. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Marie.
Born in Shirley, Mass., on May 24, 1925, to Emma and Anthony Lucas, he was the oldest of six children. He served in the Pacific during WWII as a Navy SeaBee and first experienced California at the Point Hueneme Seabee Depot. Following graduation from St. Bonaventure University in 1954 he entered the Insurance business and, when given an opportunity to relocate, moved his family to California in 1955. Bob and Marie lived briefly in Palo Alto, Sacramento and Stockton before settling down in Rio Vista. They resided in Rio Vista for many years, where they raised their nine children and Bob ran his own insurance agency in nearby Isleton. During his time in Rio Vista, Bob was an active leader and organizer in RV Little League baseball, the Delta Junior Chamber of Commerce and the RVHS Booster Club. In quite a coup for the Rio Vista Bass Derby, Bob and fellow organizers of the annual festival arranged for Ronald Reagan, then the Governor of California, to attend the Derby parade and serve as Grand Marshall.
In later years Bob and Marie lived in Fremont, Los Banos and Antioch. Retiring after a long career in insurance, Bob became a teacher for severely handicapped children in Newark, CA, at the Musick School.
Preceded in death by his eldest son, Rob and Rob's son, Nick, Bob leaves behind Marie and his surviving eight children: Patti (Steve) Berger, Kelly (wife of Rob), Kipper (Donna) Lucas, Anthony Lucas, Steve (Janice) Lucas, Tim (Robin) Lucas, Greg Lucas, Elizabeth Lucas, and James (Cleo) Lucas; eighteen grandchildren and a great grandson. Bob is also survived by his sister Ann Lucas Diltz of Hampton, N.H. and brother Joseph Lucas of Harrow, Ontario, Canada.
There will be a Mass/Memorial Service at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rio Vista on May 17th at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rob Lucas Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of Rio Vista, 101 Main Street, Rio Vista, CA 94571.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 10, 2014