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James C. "Connie" Lukey

January 1, 1970 - July 9, 2006

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ATHOL — James C. “Connie” Lukey of Athol, formerly of Woodville, died peacefully Sunday, July 9, 2006, after a brief illness.

He was the husband of Marilyn (Farrar) Lukey for 55 years.

The son of the late Thomas Earl and Maria Oma (Webber) Lukey, Mr. Lukey worked for 35 years at Farrar Co. in Woodville, 10 of which he was president and general manager.

He enjoyed camping for many years and was a member of the Marathon Chapter, Casmaw Chapter, Blackstone Valley Chapter, Holiday Ramblers’ Chapter 3 (of Western Mass.) and the National Campers and Hikers Acorn Chapter. He was the originator of the Marathon Chapter of New England Family Campers Association, which later became the North American Family Campers.

He was a woodworker and cabinet maker, a lieutenant in the Shriners Fire Brigade, a more than 50-year member of the John Warren Lodge AF&AM, chairman of the building committee for the New Woodville Fire Station, and had the honor of being grand marshal of the Hopkinton Horribles Parade one year.

Besides his wife, he leaves three sons, Clarence Lukey of Hopkinton, James R. Lukey of Petersham and William Lukey of Athol, and a daughter, Deborah (Lukey) McNamara, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; four grandchildren, Melissa Lukey, Erin Houle and Cullen and Kevin McNamara; his siblings, Norma (Lukey) Wilson of Plattsmouth, Neb., Mona (Lukey) Whitten of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Norris Lukey of Westborough and Albert Horn of Westborough; and many nieces and nephews.

He was the grandfather of the late Shannon McNamara.

A funeral service will be held Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m, at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton.

Burial is private.

Visiting hours are Thursday, July 13, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Burn Institute, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.