Daniel Lucier ’77

0134Daniel deForest Lucier, 55, passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2013 surrounded by his wife, children, brother, and much-loved chocolate lab, Sophie, after a valiant 5-year battle with cancer.

He was born on October 2, 1958 in Hartford, CT to Joseph and Priscilla Lucier. Dan was raised in Foxboro, MA. He loved tennis, skiing at Okemo, VT, and yearly treks to Chatham, MA for summer vacations, where he developed a deep love of the ocean. He graduated from Foxboro High School, and did a post-graduate year at the Williston Northampton School. Dan received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont in 1981.

Dan met his beloved wife Lynn when they were both students at the University of Vermont; they were married on June 19, 1982. They celebrated their 30th anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony last summer at their home. They were the love of each other’s lives and best friends. Dan was a skilled financial advisor, and enjoyed a productive 30-year partnership with Gary Roney. Dan loved meeting people, was a generous host and thoughtful friend, and charmed every doctor and nurse he encountered. No matter how poorly he felt, he was always concerned for others.

His true passion was his family. Dan’s children, Jessica, Danielle and Jake, each enjoyed a beautiful relationship with their dad. He loved coming home to jump into projects, homework, and, of course, sports. Dan was a long time AYSO coach, served as manager and president of soccer clubs, and sat on boards of gymnastics clubs and at Santa Margarita Catholic High School soccer. He coached soccer and lacrosse at St. Anne School and lacrosse at JSerra Catholic High School.

He deeply loved his family and was a favorite uncle to his 8 nieces and nephews. Dan continued his love of the ocean with a sport-fishing boat purchase, lovingly named “Good Fight.”

This was for his favorite bible verse, 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the Good Fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” It was his faith that held him up through his illness, and we rely on our faith to carry on. He will be deeply missed, forever remembered, and his love for his family will never diminish or be forgotten. He will continue to serve as an example to his family and his community of how a husband, son, father, brother, uncle, and friend should act and how love, hard work, integrity, determination, generosity, and a sense of humor can impact others.

He is survived by Lynn; his parents; his siblings Mark, Leslie, and David; and his three children. A memorial service will be held at Ocean Hills Mariners in San Juan Capistrano, on Friday, October 11 at 2pm. A reception will be held at the family home following the service.

8 thoughts on “Daniel Lucier ’77”

  1. Although Dan was at Williston for one short year he quickly gained the respect and fondness from everyone he came in contact with .My sincere condolences .Brad Ferguson ’77

  2. My condolences to his family. Dan was a friend classmate teammate and great guy. Much too early to leave us.

  3. Dan was as confident as they come! What a spark! I’m sure he felt he could beat C till the end. He certainly left his mark at Williston. I am glad to have known him during his PG year especially singing in the Caterwaulers. My deepest condolences to your family, old friend.
    Tony Becker, ’77.

  4. Dan made a quick mark on campus. He was engaged and enthusiastic about his commitments and just a great guy to be around. This is very sad news and my prayers to his parents Joe & Priscilla and his family.

  5. Dan’s illness and subesquent passing came as a total shock to me. As co-representative and class agent, I want to express sincere condolences on abehalf of our entire class to his family and his parents. I hope the happy memories they have of the times they shared with him sustain them through days ahead and give them comfort. Dan left behind a very big pair of shoes to fill. He will be missed.

  6. How sad. I do remember Dan and how kind he seemed during the year that was shared at Williston. It doesn’t seem that long ago. Clearly he led an extraordinarily beautiful life. Peace and comfort to his family.

  7. I was sad to hear about Dan’s passing. I got to say hello to his Mom and Dad (who were friends with my parents) at a function last spring and did not know that he was sick. As noted by others, Dan was only at Williston for one year, but in a short time proved to be a skilled athlete and good friend to many. My condolences to his family

  8. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Lucier and family, I just learned of Danny’s passing. Oh how very sad this news is. As you may remember we became very close friends during our last year at Williston. Danny was the kindest most generous and lovable person. I will sorely miss him. I send to you all my love, prayers and hugs. Warmest wishes. Suzan Turan

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