Nick Lucas

Nick Lucas

June 10, 1923 ~ November 2, 2012

Beloved husband and father, Nick Lucas left us peacefully after a long illness at the age of 89. He was born in Manhattan, New York City on June 10, 1923 to Konstantinos and Soteria Loukou (later anglicized to Lucas) newly emigrated from Greece. Due to his mother's health the family returned to the warmer climate of Greece when Nick was two years old.

Though raised in Greece Nick was always proud of his birth as an American and looked forward to returning to the United States some day. Nick entered the University of Athens School of Law, but his plans were affected by the outbreak of World War II. He supported the Greek resistance movement, and later the Greek democratic movement. Nick was seriously wounded as a Resistance fighter and lost two brothers during the war.

Nick met the love of his life, Gregoria (later anglicized as Greta) when they were in elementary school. As soon as the war ended, Nick made plans to repatriate to the United States and arrived in Seattle on Christmas Day of 1946. Working for his uncle, John Lucas, he was able to bring Gregoria to Seattle where they were married in 1949.

Nick and Greta purchased their home on Magnolia in 1953, where they raised their family and in which Nick lived until moving to Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle in 2011. Through the years Nick was an independent businessman and entrepreneur and valued the American ethic of hard work. Nick was gifted with his hands, loved to figure out how things worked, and remodeled and maintained his own home and that of daughters and relatives. The family are members of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption on Capitol Hill, where as parish president, Nick spearheaded the parish's effort to build a new church on the site of 12th and Howell in 1963.

In addition to his wife Greta and daughters Sylvia and Nota, all of Seattle, Nick is survived by his brother Isaias and family in Maryland, by brother-in-law Mel Geokezas and family in Seattle, and by relatives in Greece. At his request, there will be no memorial service. The family sends their love and gratitude to all of the staff of Providence Mount St. Vincent, and especially to the wonderful "family" of 4 North, who will always have a special place in our hearts. Remembrances to Providence Mount St. Vincent or to the St. John the Almsgiver program for the homeless at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption.

Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2012