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Gary Robin Lucas

July 24, 1947 — June 17, 2024

Warwick, MA

Gary Lucas was born in Palmdale, California on July 24th, 1947 to Marjorie (Seed) Lucas of Barnoldswick, England (1927-2021) and Cecil Burton of Death Valley, CA. He was raised by his mother and dad Carl Lucas (1925-2002) from childhood. At age 13 Gary began his 50+ year career as a drummer playing in local town concerts. He spent his early childhood in California, England and Long Island, moving to South Carolina for his high school years and returning to Long Island for his senior year. 

In 1966 he attended the University of South Carolina where he graduated in the class of 1970 with a degree in Middle Eastern history. During his time at the university he was heavily involved in the Anti War and Civil Rights movement, marching with Jane Fonda in 1968. Also, during this time he experienced his first successes in the music industry as the drummer for the band “Christopher” whose 1969 album “What’cha Gonna Do?” is now one of the rarest and most sought after psychedelic records by vinyl collectors. He met the love of his life, Eileen Lucas in May of 1971 in New York City and married her in December of that same year. They celebrated 53 beautiful years together. 

 Gary spent the 1970s and 1980s in New York City as the Vice President of the largest rock n’ roll travel management agency that managed the tour travel for major acts including but not limited to AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Billy Squier, Aerosmith, The Scorpions, Diana Ross and more. During his time in this industry he received 7 different RIAA Sales Awards including 4 platinum records and 3 gold records from his time working with these bands including a platinum record for Aerosmith’s 1977 album “Draw The Line”. During this time he also was the drummer for the bands “Baylis”, “Silver Dollar”, “Casterbridge Union” as well as sitting in for a few shows as the drummer with “Desmond Child & Rouge”. 

 He moved to Massachusetts in 1985 to raise a family and to be closer to the “Mystic of Massachusetts”, Elwood Babbitt, a trance pyschic medium, with whom he astral traveled with regularly. In his later years he played as the drummer for the local zydeco band “The Barnstormers” and “Uncle Jack’s Band”. His retirement years were spent becoming a published author and promoting his book “Common Denomination: The Thought Field, Essays Humanizing the Concept of Creation” as well as the 2019 50 year anniversary re-release of Christopher’s record “What’cha Gonna Do?”.

 He is survived by his wife and companion of 53 years Eileen (Benson) Lucas of Warwick, MA, and his two sons Zachariah and Cory Lucas. He is also survived by his younger sister and brother in law Lisa (Lucas) Williams and Joe Williams of Georgia, his niece Sydney Williams of Florida, his nephew Lucas Williams of Georgia, his sister in law Kate Stalter-Mastro, his niece Sandra Sanfillippo and nephew Brian Stalter of New Jersey, his cousins Derek Seed of South Carolina and Jeff Seed of Raleigh, North Carolina, his God son Andrew Geraci of Connecticut, and is unofficial God sons Skye Mark of Texas and Powell Mark of New Jersey, as well as countless extended family, friends and band mates. You will always be our hero! We love you dad!

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