LEICESTER: Edward H. Lucier, 80 of Ellenton, Florida formerly of Leicester, MA died peacefully on December 27 surrounded by his family. He leaves his wife of the past 13 years, Arthilla of Ellenton, FL. His first wife of 40 years, Carol (Reynolds) Lucier passed away in 2001. Edward is survived by three daughters; Lynn Bora and her husband Allan of Hull, Nancy Sanko and her husband Timothy, and Karen Bercume and her husband Jeffrey, Sr all of Leicester. Edward was the proud grandfather of Ed Slapik, Michael Slapik, Matthew Sanko, Danielle Flanigan, Jeffrey Bercume, Jr. and Laura Cummins. He is survived by a sister, Carolyn Gaudette of Bradenton, FL and several nieces and nephews.
Ed was born in Worcester, the son of the late Carl and Margaret (Kelly) Lucier, and lived in Leicester until his retirement in 1995. He was a 1957 graduate of Worcester State Teacher’s College with a degree in Education. He received his Master’s Degree from Colgate University and continued his postgraduate studies at University of California - Berkley and The College of the Holy Cross. He was a life- long educator and began his career teaching 6th grade science in St. Clair Shores, Michigan before moving to Leicester where he taught Biology at Leicester High School for several years. He joined the staff of Becker College (then Leicester Jr College) as a professor of life sciences and retired as Chairman of the Math and Life Sciences department. In addition to dedicating his life to teaching, he coached the Becker Women’s softball team winning multiple New England and Northeast Championships and participating in two NJCAA National Championships. He also coached the women’s Volleyball team for several years and was inducted into the Becker College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
As a young man, Ed was a member of Power Star Harmony Drum and Bugle Corp. He enjoyed golf and was a member of the Growlers at Hillcrest Country Club and a charter member of the Hampton Invitational. He also enjoyed boating, cribbage, crossword puzzles and time at the ocean with his family. He has touched so many people through his teaching and we are all better for it.
The funeral will be held on Monday, Jan. 4 from the MORIN FUNERAL HOME, 1131 Main St., Leicester with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, 1154 Main St., Leicester. Burial will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, Ma. 01104.