George Francis Lucey

George Francis Lucey of Arlington MA passed peacefully on February 5, 2020 after a courageous and graceful battle with cancer. Born on June 15, 1953 in Cambridge MA George owned and operated a plumbing company, the Lucey Company Plumbing and Heating in Belmont, MA , and was beloved by customers and contractors alike. He loved his work. He was known as a deeply kind and generous man with a ready smile. His goal in life was to love everyone unconditionally and he did so naturally – with family, friends and every person he met. His steadfast belief in the oneness of all creatures created an aura of peace and healing around him that was felt by all. He was truly a remarkable soul, and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his mother Christine Buckley, wife Julie (Rackliffe) and daughters, Noelle Lucey and her husband Jeremy Paulus of Bocas del Toro Panama and Madeleine Lucey of Arlington and Baltimore, MD; two brothers, James (Karen) Loftus of Westwood, MA and Christopher (Patricia) Lucey of Bloomfield, CT. The family is grateful to Care Dimensions Hospice for their compassionate and attentive care.

A memorial service will be held at St Anne’s Chapel at the Bethany House of Prayer, 181 Appleton Street in Arlington at 11:00 am on February 15th followed by a celebration of his life at the Masonic Temple (19 Academy Street Arlington, MA 1:00-5:00 pm).

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism.


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  1. Adam Domow on February 7, 2020 at 1:36 am

    Julie and All,

    My condolences to you and yours at this time.

    I am lucky to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know George over the past couple of years. I will never forget him.

    God Bless.

  2. Nora Mann and Peter Correll on February 7, 2020 at 1:36 am

    A beautiful remembrance for a wonderful soul.

  3. Linda, Frederick, and Rebecca Parker on February 7, 2020 at 1:46 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    God Bless,

  4. Pattie Flynn on February 7, 2020 at 1:54 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and sending you my love.

  5. Susan Ruderman on February 7, 2020 at 2:01 am

    A light has gone out in the world, and George’s loss diminishes us all, but especially Julie and his daughters. May the sorrow at his passing be balanced with the joy of his life.

  6. Perry Colmore on February 7, 2020 at 2:29 am

    I am so sorry, Julie and Madeleine and all who loved George. May he Rest In Peace and you find comfort in your care and love for him.

  7. Pam DiBona, Adam Gerberick, Ellen Gerberick, Noah Gerberick on February 7, 2020 at 2:40 am

    I am so sad for all of us, and especially you, Julie and Madeleine… all our love to you both.

  8. Beth Loomis and Dave Haas on February 7, 2020 at 3:01 am

    What a beautiful testimony to a man who lived such a deeply spiritual life. Our hearts are with you and Maddy.

  9. Cate on February 7, 2020 at 3:10 am

    Blessings and love to you Julie and Maddy—family and friends, in the passing of your husband, dad, and friend George. I pray he is knowing the love and grace of God and will be close to help you heal.

  10. Pauline and Alberto Haddad on February 7, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Julie, Maddy, you are in our prayers. We are deeply sorry for your loss. George’s smile and kindness indeed will be missed.

  11. Chris Campbell on February 7, 2020 at 3:30 am


    George died knowing he was well loved.

    We are all here with you now.


  12. Diana Carson on February 7, 2020 at 4:05 am

    Dear Julie and Maddy, our thoughts and prayers are with you now.
    He was indeed a gentle-man.

  13. Malia Crawford on February 7, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    I am so grateful to have known George, and am so sorry that the time to bid him farewell came so early. Your family is in our prayers.
    Malia Crawford

  14. Mark Davila-Witkowski on February 7, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    George was an unabashedly sweet man, who I found entered a room expecting the best intentions of others. That countenance always put me at ease — and Lord knows he helped us on some plumbing projects on which we were desperate to keep things moving! I am so sorry to know of his passing, in particular because it is so very premature. I think of you all daily during this painful time of loss and transition. Much love.

  15. Angela Meyer on February 7, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    It’s difficult to find the words to express my sadness for this profound and sudden loss. Always ready with a laugh, George was such a kind, warm presence. A treasured partner, father, teacher and friend. A man of dedication and purpose, serious and strong. A man who searched for meaning in all that he did. I am so very sorry and offer deepest condolences to the family, especially Julie, Madeleine, and Noelle.

  16. Patricia Caldwell on February 7, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Although I only reconnected with George in the last two years, I am so happy to have known him. I met George in high school, and he truly brought joy to everyone he was friends with. It was really a shock to find out that he was gone. My deepest condolences to his wife Julie, and his daughters, his mother Christine, and his brothers Jimmy and Chris.

  17. Denis B. Lapointe on February 7, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    May my sympathy accompany you at this time of sadness.

  18. Jill Korff on February 7, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    George was such a kind man I am so sad and sorry for your loss-

  19. Lynda Giardina on February 8, 2020 at 1:14 am

    My deepest sympathy. George rest in peace . Lynda Mcsweeney-Giardina

  20. Joseph and Susan McSweeney on February 8, 2020 at 1:39 am

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Georges passing. George was a great friend!
    Words cannot express our sorrow! Our heartfelt condolences to the Lucey family.
    God Bless,
    Joseph and Susan McSweeney

  21. Anne Gergen on February 8, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    George was an exceptional man in that he combined a great gift in his chosen profession and a sweet and kind nature.
    He came to our rescue on many occasions, dealing with flooding basements, non functioning heaters, and noisy fans, and all with a low key graciousness that made you feel like royalty!
    David and I will miss him for both as his great skills as a plumber and his sense of gracious dignity.
    Sending many sympathies to his family.

  22. Anne DiZio on February 10, 2020 at 2:36 am

    First of all, beautiful obituary that did justice to George!

    I can only add that George was a gentle, thoughtful presence. When I visited the Lucey family, George would notice a need of a guest and his response was so quietly helpful and kind.

    I will miss him but I believe his benevolent presence will always be with us.

  23. carey goldberg on February 10, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    I will be grateful to George forever, and your obituary so captures the beauty of his spirit — thank you…..We were so lucky to know him, and he left the world a better place in so many ways….

  24. Steven Procopio on February 10, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    A beautiful soul who will be dearly missed.

  25. Beverly Barber and Kevin Heckler on February 10, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Our love, thoughts and prayers are with Madeleine, Noelle, and you.
    George will always remain in our hearts and be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him.

  26. Charles Ritz on February 11, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    George and I go back a lot of years. Hr was a wonderful guy….he’ll truly be missed. He was my plumber, but over the years he became my friend……and a good one. He had such a pleasant air about him.
    My sincere condolences to the family.

  27. Theresa Buckley Garrod on February 11, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    As a Buckley family member and cousin of George’s dear mother Christine Buckley, I must say that George’s distinctive “pleasant air” and his “benevolent presence” bear witness to God’s Holy Spirit, a truly remarkable gift from God that is found in several Buckley family members including George’s most loving and devoted mother Christine, her brother Jim who devoted his life to this gift of extreme benevolence by becoming an ordained Catholic Priest, and my own dear father who many people remember using the exact same words/sentiments used to remember George. I treasure this deep connection to God that permeates our extended family and my hope is that George’s children will carry on his legacy of profound kindness, decency, and benevolence.

  28. Eva Adler on February 12, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    My husband and I valued George as a wonderful plumber and expert as well as a very fine person. His smile always present. Our condolences to his wife, children and family.

  29. Dan Lucey on February 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    George will be missed by a lot of people he was a positive force and a good example on how to treat people. Sorry for your loss Julie and Madeline and Noel he will be missed

  30. Mary Ni on February 15, 2020 at 1:05 am

    Dear Julie and family, I am so sorry that George has died. I didn’t known him for long, but his influence on me– his kindness, his gentle openness– will last me for the rest of my life. May God bless you and comfort you all through this difficult time.

  31. David Lilley on February 15, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    George was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. He was one of the kindest souls I’ve ever met. Never had a badd word to say about anybody. May he rest in peace

  32. Morgan Ritz on February 16, 2020 at 1:54 am

    George was a truly kind and generous person; always happy to help out. I feel lucky to have known him.

  33. Nataliya Yufa on September 22, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    We have just learned about George’s passing today, 9 months after it happened. We are very sorry to hear of it: we have known George for many years as the world’s best plumber. We moved to Cambridge from out of state 9 years ago, and for the first few years used a different company. When emergencies struck on weekends or late evenings, they were always unavailable. Not George. In the middle of one particularly awful winter, a giant 130-year-old drain pipe cracked, leading to raw sewage spilling into our bathroom from our neighbors’ one. Well, George was on the case. He did a fabulous job fixing everything up, and when our then 4-year-old wanted to draw on the walls as he was renovating our bathroom, he let her! He even managed to deal very gracefully with our rather demanding neighbors! It was a real pleasure to be around him and we are very sad we won’t see him again.

  34. Jenny Briggs on February 12, 2021 at 1:33 am

    I am so sad to hear of George’s passing. George had been my plumber since 2004. Sadly, not needing his services in the last 2 years, I did not know that he had passed. I can’t say enough about George’s work ethic, kindness and patience. I will always remember him walking from his home on a Saturday morning to check on my issue at the time – with his 4 year old (?) daughter in tow. Such a sweet man. I always bragged about how I had at least found a great trustworthy plumber. My condolences to the family. I will miss him.

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