Thursday, Jul. 17, 2008
In memoriam: MBA Vice President Robert F. Lucas, 72
The Massachusetts Bar Association is sad to announce the passing of Vice President Robert F. Lucas, a senior partner at Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP in Wakefield, where he practiced general law. He died July 11 at the age of 72.
“He was one of the finest people with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working,” MBA President David W. White Jr. said. “He was a selfless volunteer at the MBA, committing decades of time and energy to the organization.”
Lucas, who had previously served as MBA treasurer and was slated to serve as vice president again for the 2008-09 term, is remembered fondly. A longtime leader in the MBA, Lucas served on 14 MBA committees and boards, and chaired three. He received the MBA’s Community Service Award and the Membership Recruitment Award, and was a Foundation Fellow with the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the MBA.
“It was a privilege to work with an MBA leader of such integrity and warmth. My deepest sympathy to his wife, Regina, and all of Bob’s family,” said MBA Executive Director Marilyn J. Wellington.
Lucas was also a past president of the First District Eastern Middlesex Bar Association. He was extremely active in Melrose, where he served on the board of appeals for 25 years, including 20 as chairman, and was a city solicitor. He was a founding trustee of the Melrose High School Permanent Scholarship Fund and was named Melrose Babe Ruth Coach of the Year. Lucas also chaired the administrative board of First United Methodist Church in Melrose, where he also served as a trustee and sang in the choir.
In addition, he was a former president of the Melrose Citywide PTO and a corporator of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He also has volunteered as the mock trial lawyer-coach for Malden Catholic High School.
Lucas is survived by his wife of 48 years, Regina (Abbiati); two sons, Robert F. Jr. of Acton and David R. of Melrose; a daughter, Jennifer J. of Belmont; a brother, Reed Gogan of Waterbury, Conn.; and three grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Melrose. Arrangements are made by Robinson Funeral Home (www.robinsonfuneralhome.com) in Melrose, where visiting hours will be held on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m.