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Richard “Dick” Lucas, former Youngstown Zoning Board member

Richard Lucas

Richard Lucas

Sept. 8, 1938 – Oct. 24, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN – Richard “Dick” Lucas, a retired union plumber and longtime member of the Youngstown Zoning Board of Appeals, died Monday after a brief illness. He was 78.

Born in Bellefonte, Pa., he moved to Youngstown with his family in 1946 and lived at first in military housing at Fort Niagara.

After graduating from Lewiston-Porter High School in 1956, he joined Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 129 and worked with the union until 1986. For many years, he was associated with the George B. Edwards Plumbing and Heating Co.

In 1986, he took a position as a plumbing mechanic with the New York Power Authority. He retired in 2000.

Mr. Lucas was a member of the Youngstown Zoning Board of Appeals for more than 40 years before he stepped down in September.

He was a member of the New York State Association of Football Officials from 1973 to 1990. He was a longtime member of the Niagara Falls Bowling Association and served as president in 1976-77.

A lifelong hunter and avid golfer, he was a member of the Niagara Frontier Country Club and a longtime member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Nadine “Deenie” Amey; two daughters, Lisa Kowalski and Mollie; four sisters, Nancy Shippy, Judy Zimmerman, Becky Majka and Susan; and two grandsons.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Second and Hinman streets.

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