One of our regular contributors, Eileen Loucraft, is married to the nephew of Chick Loucraft who passed away this week. Thanks to Eileen for sharing the following memories of Mr. Loucraft:
Charles “Chick” Loucraft 1934-2011
How does one talk about someone that is so loved? I don’t think anyone has ever said a bad word about Chick Loucraft.
He grew up in the Highlands of Lowell, and went to high school at Keith Academy. It was love at first sight!! The minstrel shows, the athletics, teaching and drivers ed. His friendships with students and Brothers alike that lasted for years. He did his best to keep that High School experience he cherished alive for the young men of Lowell, but sadly lost that fight in the end.
His wife, his kids and grandkids. They were everything to him. He was the patriarch of the Loucrafts. The only adult male left after 1970. He watched over his Mother and his Aunts in their later years and made sure they knew someone would be there if they needed him.
He made a double eagle at Trull Brook in Tewksbury. Many years later his son got one too on the same hole!
His best friends from high school were his best friends for life. Cards on Friday nights. Weddings, funerals, births… Parties at Mount Pleasant. You could always count on him.
He visited everyone, and everyone visited him. Whether he was opening his home on Christmas eve, or had 15 people in a 3 bedroom cottage at the cape..all were welcome.
Eucharistic minister, singing at funerals and weddings at St. Margaret’s, Reunions for Keith in Massachusetts and Florida. Embracing Lowell Catholic. So much so that Lowell Catholic gave him an honorary degree.
He was always there for everyone. He was a humble gracious man who was always thankful for his Family, Friends and his Faith.
We have been blessed for having known him. We miss you already.
— Brian & Eileen Loucraft