27 January 2007

the world loses a wonderful man

via the Boothbay Register

Rev. Dr. Robert E. Luccock of Ocean View Retirement Community, Falmouth, passed away Friday, January 12 at Maine Medical Center.

Born in New Haven, Conn. on October 4, 1915, he was the son of Halford and Mary Luccock. He spent his early childhood in Rutherford, N.J but returned to New Haven graduating from Hopkins School in 1934, Yale College in 1938 and Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1941. He also received two honorary divinity degrees, one from Lake Erie College and the other from American University.

In 1946 he married the former Barbara Follansbee of Newburyport, Mass.

He served churches in Plainville and New Haven, Conn., Northport N.Y., Newburyport and Wellesley, Mass., and had taught at Boston University School of Theology. He was a guest professor at Berkley School of Religion and Ilif School of Theology in Denver.

Rev. Dr. Luccock had been a guest preacher at many churches throughout his career including numerous churches in the Boothbay region.

Dr. Luccock's published writings include nine books on religious themes. Among them were "The Power of His Name," "If God Before Us," "Preaching Through Matthew," and "Becoming the Best We Can Be."

Among his many interests were the study and photography of fifteen National Parks in the United States and Canada, and 12 Gothic cathedrals in Great Britain. He was an avid train enthusiast, a collector of United States stamps, a music lover, an enthusiastic sports fan (a loyal Red Sox fan) and a life-long reader and historian.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years; one sister, Marietta Phillips of Falmouth; two daughters, Susan Isler and her husband Robert of Falmouth, and Nancy Strong and her husband Michael of Wellesley, Mass.; two grandsons, Jim Isler and his wife Emily and Tom Isler, both of New York City.

A private burial service for the family will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ocean View Resident Assistance Fund, 20 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, ME 04105.

Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care, 471 Deering Avenue in Portland.

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