MILLBURY - Louis “Lou” James Lucas, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, February 6, 2023. He was born on in Fitchburg, MA. Lou was preceded by his parents, James and Dora (Anastas) Lucas, and his sister Barbara H. (Lucas) Wagner. He is survived by his wife Carol Lucas of 38 years, his children DeeAnn Olney, Kathy Brady, Shanan Stratis and son-in-law Andrew Stratis; sister in-law Dolores Smith, grandchildren Matthew Santoro and wife Jamie, Parris Troy, Brittany Pitman and husband Stephen, Sydney and Drew Stratis; great-grandchildren Gabriella, Christopher, Shea, and Mason; brother, Robert P. Lucas, and sister-in-law, Barbara J. (Rusack) Lucas, nephews James Wagner and his wife Cynthia, Stephen Wagner, and Jason R. P. Lucas and his wife Melissa; niece Kimberly A. Lucas, four grandnieces, and one grandnephew.
Lou graduated from Millbury Memorial High School in 1955, Massachusetts College of Arts Boston in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education, and Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1962 with a Master of Arts. After graduating from Cranbrook Academy, he began his long and stellar career in the Holden School System, where he retired from teaching. He was a talented artist who had the ability to interpret his readings of mythology and ancient symbols into intricate pen and ink drawings. One such work was purchased by the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA., for their permanent collections, and is displayed on a rotating basis.
One of his proudest accomplishments was becoming a 32nd degree Mason and his 57 years as an active member. Lou was a fascinating man with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He was an avid reader and cherished his expansive library with topics ranging from quantum physics to ancient civilizations. Everyone who knew him loved him; he was one of those people that could get along with anyone and talk about anything. He was a gentle intellectual who could easily clear the Jeopardy board while sketching a cartoon for one of his grandchildren. As a skilled storyteller, he captivated his audience with his expressive blue eyes, deep voice, and animated gestures. Lou made a difference in the lives of so many people and will be sorely missed everyday.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Olive Branch Lodge, AF&AM, PO Box 202, Millbury, MA 01527