Sydney George Lucas was born December 11, 1950, in Long Prairie to Theodore & Alma (Host) Lucas. He worked at various jobs, recycling, hotels, manufacturing, and packaging. Making money was important to him. Syd’s niece, Liz, remembers his infectious giggle, deep empathy for others and sheer joy in family togetherness. He loved to laugh at his brothers’ pranks and tomfoolery, and he could hold his own when the teasing started. Even his uncles were not spared being teased by Syd. Others remember that dancing and singing were favorite activities in his younger days. For several years, he attended two Sunday services, Catholic and Baptist. This accorded him the opportunity to sing to his heart’s content and then, after the Baptist service, he got to eat a lot. A Wedding dance meant Syd would be asking the bride for a dance. And if there was a baby around, he wanted to hold it.
Sydney found joy all around him and he often created it in those around him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Alma, brother Wayne and brother-in-law, Ron Gmyrek. Surviving family includes: Connie (Ron] Gmyrek of Chisago City, Lynne Bushee of Roseville, Toby (Jill] Lucas of Park Rapids, Tim (Sue) Lucas of Bemidji, Noel Lucas of Grand Rapids, and Mark (Michelle) Lucas of Hamburg plus twenty-two nieces and nephews, many great and great great nieces and nephews.