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Alphonse F Lucas

October 3, 1918 — March 15, 2014

COLONEL ALPHONSE F LUCAS Served his Country for 38 years....   Colonel Alphonse Lucas went Home to the Lord after a sudden illness at his home on March 15, 2014. Colonel was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 3, 1918 to Felix and Monica (Dawgerd) Lucas of Tewksbury, Massachusetts. He graduated from Tewksbury schools, attended Boston University and Harvard prior to his entry in the United States Army, enlisting in 1937. He served in the Water Resource Division and then toTransportation, to include all four branches of that title. The Military provided him with the education he was seeking, unaffordable as a young man. He had extensive courses in the field of academics during his tenure, reaching the status of Colonel. He served in the Phillipines during WW II and after his stint of full duty in the service, he then joined the Army National Guard retiring in 1975. He was so proud of his Patriotism, yet never wanted glory for anything he ever did. He always considered a small deed done was greater than a large deed planned. Colonel was stationed in Georgia in the summer of 1945, and asssumed his overseas duty had been completed. He had been in love with Phyllis Harriet Carlson since she was fifteen, he twenty one, meeting at a movie theater. He knew he had to wait until she was his age prior to any wedding vows. The courtship continued through letters and phone calls as she waited through her teens and becoming an Officer at the First National Bank of Boston, from 1939 to 1984. On a hot day in July, Phyllis recieved a call from Colonel at her place of employment, and he said from a closed in phone booth, "Honey, if we are ever going to get married come on down and lets do it!" He often told the story that he looked out the phone booth and there stood Phyllis. Alphonse F Lucas & Phyllis Harriet Carlson married on July 5, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia at the PeachTree Hotel, reaching that destination by train. You must realize now Colonel was in the South and he made Phyllis vow she was now a Georgia Peach, not a Damn Yankee. The couple was about to move in with her parents for awhile while house hunting, but that didn't last long. He got the news he was to be shipped to Manila so once again he was off to serve his Country and romance the bride through letters and phone calls. The love affair was ongoing until her death in 2004. Colonel decided when he was out of foreign Countries, he would join the Army Reserves, still active but to be with Phyllis. He bought some buildings from a famous foot wear owner in Jamaica Plains and opened very successful insurance businesses under The Hartford, while living in Dorchester. He also worked for the IRS, still serving the Government. Colonel, on a ride through the Lakes Region ,met up with Archie Hoyt and found he had land for sale on 8 Edgewood Terrace. He found the elevation would be perfect to eleviate Phyllis's allergies. They started plans for their Wolfeboro home with local builder, Paul Kimball. They traveled North every weekend along with their beloved Schnauzer Kepi, to enjoy the area and making new friends. It was soon he became chauffer to Phyllis (Mall Bug) and all her new friends, often times staying overnight at Pease Air Force Base enjoying ten cent movies, cheap lodging, and the Library. They loved being in NYC at the Waldorf, New Years Eve kicking up their heels to Guy Lombardo, to taking part in a movie production in Quebec City. A picnic at Hilton Park in Newington was a pleasure as The Hilton's shared a home on his street. An outgoing couple so generous with contributions, stories and made friends wherever they went. They traveled the world, yet Wolfeboro was where they loved, and settled. Colonel could have been put to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, yet he chose Lakeview as he knew the name Lucas was a prominent name in New Hampshire history, and felt some of his heritage was here. Colonel was a lifetime member of Aleppo Temple, Aleppo Shriners, lifelong Mason, TROA, MOAA, Wolfeboro Senior Citizen Club, National Humane Society, National Audubon Society, NRA, Doris Day Animal League, The Republican Party. Colonel recieved the President's Volunteer Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation as he put in thousands of hours as The Volunteer in the Red Coat at Huggins Hospital, beginning in July, 2004. A devout Christian, he was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Ossipee Village, and The Old South Church of Boston. Colonel is survived by his brother Ed of Ossipee, a Cousin Jan Selaker of Mississippi and Lousiana, Nephews James and Ryan of Jacksonville, Florida, a Niece Jennifer Lucas Krauser of Jericho, NY, and their families, and a multitude of friends. He was predeceased by his loving wife Phyllis, Brother Stanley Lucas, Professor at the University of Florida, and Sister Laura Lucas. There will be no calling hours or services per request. In honor of his memory, his Army uniforms will be on display at the Wright Museum. At his request memorial donations be made to The Liberty House Veterans Homeless Shelter 75 W Baker St. Manchester NH, Huggins Hospital, Second Congregational Church of Ossipee, or of ones choice.
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