Robert G. Lucas (Bob or Bobby) of Wilbraham, MA passed away peacefully at his home on March 9, 2021 at the age of 79.
A longtime resident of Wilbraham (51 years), Bob was born on June 4, 1941 in Springfield, MA to the late Paul and Marion Lucas (Charest).
Bob attended Springfield Technical High School (’59) and went on to be the first college graduate in his family. Bob was a member of the first graduating class of Engineering at Western New England College (’65), where he earned a BS in Industrial Engineering.
Bob was a great athlete growing up, with Golf, Hockey, Basketball and Baseball being his favorite sports. He was an accomplished golfer and continued to play at a high level even as recently as 10 years ago, when he won back-to-back Super Senior Club Championships at his “second home” the Country Club of Wilbraham. Bob was proud to be one of the longest tenured members at over 40 years. In his youth, Bob earned money as a caddie at Springfield Country Club and boasted that he would “double-bag” many rounds each day. He was the ‘regular’ caddy for former Boston Bruins legend Eddie Shore at the club, and many Boston Celtics players would request Bob as their caddie when in town. One of his proudest accomplishments was being named the recipient of the prestigious Francis Ouimet Caddie Scholarship Award in 1959. He was also named ‘Outstanding Caddie’ at the club three consecutive years from 1957-1959.
Bob began his professional career at Titeflex Corporation in Springfield, MA, attending night classes to finish his degree. He then joined U.S. Envelope/Westvaco Corporation of Springfield in 1968 where he eventually retired in 2003 after 35 loyal and successful years. He held positions starting out in plant engineering and spent the majority of his career as Corporate Manager of Safety and Director of Property Conservation Worldwide. Business travel was something Bob thoroughly embraced and enjoyed, as he traveled across the country and into South America often, to visit various forestry and paper plants.
Bob raised his family starting in Springfield with moves to Hampden, Sturbridge and eventually to Wilbraham in 1970 where he remained until his passing.
In addition to his dedication and passion for coaching his son’s sports teams growing up, there was no bigger fan than Bob when his sons moved on to Minnechaug Regional High School and then doing the same attending as many games and school events as possible for his 5 grandchildren. If you searched behind the backstop on the many baseball fields in Western Mass, there was a very good chance you would find Bob perched on his chair watching Falcon Baseball Club, High School or Legion games across Western, MA. Bob was an avid New York Yankees fan, and enjoyed many years of good-natured ribbing with his family who were Red Sox fans. He was also fanatical about the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and UConn Women’s basketball, and he seldom missed televised games. Outside of sports, Bob was also a gifted woodworker, carver and craftsman, and he enjoyed gifting his family with treasured pieces of his work.
Nothing made Bob happier than spending time with his family in and around town, as well as the thousands of hours he spent at the Country Club of Wilbraham. He played in many competitive tournaments, leagues and social events. He especially enjoyed the past 10-15 years at the Club, playing in the regular Tuesday and Thursday game with ‘The Coots’. Bob also spent many Labor Day weekends volunteering as a key ‘spotter’ on the course for the many participants throughout the years and took great pride on his ‘found golf ball %’ and bragged often about it, to anyone willing to listen!
Bob was predeceased by his brother Paul of Ludlow, MA, he leaves a brother, Donald of Australia; son Steven C. and wife Barbara S. of Wilbraham; son Brian R. and partner Jennifer Carosi of Carlsbad, CA; former wife Donna Villamaino of Wilbraham; Beth Lucas of Providence, RI; five grandchildren, Steven Jr. of Wilbraham, Mary of Clifton Park, NY, Joseph of Wilbraham, Justin of Dedham, MA and Jillian of Providence, RI. He also leaves two nieces, Michelle Kennedy of Ludlow, MA and Sherrie McCullough of Brewster, MA, along with so many dear friends and acquaintances in the Wilbraham community.
There will be a public walk-through wake on Monday, March 15th from 4-6PM at Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Rd. in Wilbraham, followed by a private service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to the RD26 Foundation, in memory of Ryan Jude Doyle: http://rd26.org/donate.
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