in memoriam

In Memory of Ronald Albert Lucas

February 19, 2024


Ronald Albert Lucas was born in Coleraine, County Derry, Northern Ireland on June 1, 1942 to Albert Dunlop Lucas and Leonora Treadgold Lucas. As a young man, he was a first class radio officer in the British Merchant Marines who obtained his certification from the Queen. His occupation took him all over the world and he loved traveling and exploring new cultures. He also bravely searched for oil and gas in the Middle East and Alaska … sometimes spending days alone and having food helicoptered in. Once he moved to NYC, he worked for Western Union where he was solely responsible for the security of the Federal Reserve’s financial transactions, in addition to many other duties. After that, Ronald was a proud, long-term employee of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was an electrician who also specialized in electronic maintenance. He also owned several Irish bars in NYC.

He is survived by his loving life partner, Vicky Besserer. He was a loving father to Ronald Daniel Lucas, Erin Noelle Lucas, and Erika Mariel Lucas. He was a proud grandfather to Noelle. He is also survived by his ex-wife Nell Lucas, and loving brother, Frank Lucas.

Ronald was the quintessential outdoorsmen … he loved hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking, camping, and exploring the world and nature. He was enterprising, adventurous, hardworking, loyal and loving. He was a free-spirit, independent thinker, animal lover and environmentalist. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians where he had fond memories and friendships. Ronald will be greatly missed and loved by his family and friends.