Richard J. Luce
March 16, 1926 – September 28, 2018
Richard J. Luce, age 92, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2018. Husband of the late Alyce Luce (nee Welner), with whom he shared 46 loving years. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert.
Born in Freedom, Pennsylvania to George and Mary (nee Patterson), Richard spent 12 years attending Girard College and proudly graduated in 1944. Richard believed that Girard shaped the person he became and was actively involved in the Alumni Association for his entire life. After his military service, Richard opened his own restaurant and went on to have a long career in the restaurant industry. Retirement didn’t slow him down and he continued to work at Five Ponds Golf Course--a perfect marriage of work and his passion for golf.
Richard was on the vanguard in many ways. A technical man before his time, he was online banking in 1984 on his Apple 2e, long before it was a thing. His move to Warminster sparked in him and Alyce a love of gardening that was less garden and more gentleman’s farm. Richard did everything well.
Above all else, though, was his love of family. Richard somehow found a way to give each of his children the relationship they needed. He always wanted to know what his children and grandchildren were up to and babysat his grandchildren well into his eighties.
If it was four o’clock, you could always find Richard partaking in one of his life’s joys--sipping a manhattan.
Richard is survived by his loving children Richard Luce, Jr. (Eva), Jacqueline Eagle (Tom), and Greg Luce (Kristin Keiser) and grandchildren: Christopher Luce (Michele), Martin Luce (Sophia), Theresa Harris (Stephen), Leah and Jacob Eagle, and Henry and Benjamin Luce. He is also survived by great grandchildren: Meghan, Kaitlin, and Nicholas Luce, and Olivia and Matthew Harris. Also surviving are his sister, Doris Jacobson, brother, Jack O’Donnell, and his devoted companion, Carmella (Mel) Gorgol and many loving nieces and nephews. The family offers a special thank you to caregiver, Michael Mita, who enhanced the last months of Richard’s life.
The family will receive visitors beginning at 10am, Saturday October 6, 2018 with a memorial service at 11am, at the Wm. Rowen Grant Funeral Home, 659 Street Road, Southampton, PA. 18966. Interment will be private.
Family requests donations in place of flowers, in Richard’s memory, be made to the Girard College, https://www.girardcollege.edu/support-us/donate.
- George Luce, Father
- Mary Luce, Mother
- Alyce Luce, Wife
- Robert Luce, Brother
- Richard Luce Jr, Son
- Eva Luce, Daughter-in-law
- Jacqueline Eagle, Daughter
- Tom Eagle, Son-in-law
- Greg Luce, Son
- Kristen Luce, Daughter-in-law
- Doris Jacobson, Sister
- Jack O'Donnell, Brother
- Carmella (Mel) Gorgol, Companion
- Richard is also survived by his grandchildren: Christopher Luce (Michele), Martin Luce (Sophia), Theresa Harris (Stephen), Leah and Jacob Eagle and Henry and Benjamin Luce, and his great-grandchildren: Meghan, Kaitlin and Nicholas Luce, and Olivia and Matthew Harris.
- Girard College
- Celebration of Life Saturday, October 6, 2018
Richard J. Luce
October 7, 2018
Dear Mr Luce
My true and dear friend. How privielged I am to have gained your affection, wisdom and abiding friendship.
I know you had an army of those who have gone before you all those familiar faces waiting to cheer you on as you crossed your finish line.
Knowing how proud you are of each of your children I am too honored to have won your love and compassion as well.
Keep an eye on us from heaven fly over our houses and into our hearts.
You will always be my friend. A divine friend whom I thank God for.
St Joseph. Patron of departing souls thank for delivering my friend Richard to his mother, Brother,wife and to you our holy father to your heavnly relm
October 2, 2018
I only met Richard in the last years, but he was certainly a true gentleman, and very sweet. I pray that your memories carry you through this loss. Sue
October 1, 2018
Vacationing at Old Orchard Beach with Richard and Alyce and my family and Tom and Jackie is one of my favorite memories.
Richard and his lovely wife were such fun, happy and classy people !
I will now miss them both. Even though we didn’t get to see Richard much over the last recent years, he was the type of person that made a wonderful impression on anyone he met I’m certain.
He was a true gentleman and a dedicated father, and I know his family will miss him very much
The Nastasi Family sends their love and prayers to his family.