Portville Hall of Fame
Chuck Lucas was born in Cheektowaga, NY, on November 30th, 1942, the
fourth of five children born to Bertha and Ken Lucas.
He attended elementary, middle, and high schools in Cheektowaga and
Franklinville, NY (Ten Broeck Academy). Chuck was a member of the Class
of 1961, but he left Ten Broeck in 1959 to join the US NAVY, serving
honorably for 12 years.
Those 12 years of military service likely formed the basis of the public service
we see from him today:
• He’s been around the world 3.5 times in military service.
• He served aboard the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Macon during the
Cuban Missile crisis.
• He served on two different Destroyers, for two separate tours in Vietnam
(RUPERTIS / BOYD)
• Chuck also saw Service @ Guantanamo Bay during the Bay of Pigs
Crisis aboard the (USS BOSTON)
Chuck and his wife, Pat, were childhood sweethearts. On leave from Naval
service in September (the 15th) of 1962, they were married in Evans, NY.
Chuck re-entered civilian life in 1971. He graduated from the Mobil School in
San Antonio, TX, in June of 1971. Upon graduation, Chuck and Pat
purchased the Portville Mobil station, the Cuba Texaco, and the Quaker State
stations in Franklinville. He and Pat also managed the Old Schoolhouse Motel
from 1971-1976. Chuck worked for Cubic Storage from 1976-1992, and you
may recall that he and Pat opened and operated the “Fish & Stitch” on Main
Street in Portville from 1992-1994. Chuck also drove a school bus for Portville
Central for 22 years, retiring in 2010. Students today still know him as “Mr
However, Chuck’s service to Portville is really impressive when you
• 1972 – He becomes Catt. Co.’s first EMT.
• Joined the Portville Fire Dept in 1972 and is still serving 41 yrs later.
• He held EVERY office in the Lions Club until it disbanded in 1990.
• Instituted & Chaired the Colonial Days Committee from 1977-1988.
• Bedford Rod & Gun Club President from 1975- until it disbanded in
• Volunteer coordinator for the Olean Rehab fishing derby.
• He is currently, the American Legion’s 2nd Vice President.
Chuck & Pat have three daughters, Susan, Joanne, and Linda. All three are
graduates of Portville Central School. Chuck and Pat are twice great-
When asked what he is most proud of (aside from his family) Chuck said “I’ve
worked & lived with this community through Emergency services, The Legion,
the Fire Dept., Clubs, and organizations, the school, and business. We have
Chuck’s current project is to turn the Temple Street bridge across Dodge Creek
in Portville into a covered bridge.
(From Gary Swetland's Presentation at the Alumni Banquet on 7/12/13)
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Portville, New York
PCS Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Inductee