Former county legislator, Ogdensburg city councilor and community volunteer dies at age 82
OGDENSBURG – An Ogdensburg man who served on city council, St. Lawrence County legislature and volunteered in many organizations has died at age 82..
Thomas P. Luckie Sr., 82, passed away Sunday surrounded by his family.Luckie was a prominent Ogdensburg resident who volunteered to improve the community for most of his life.
His community service included United Way Volunteer, St. Lawrence County Legislator, Ogdensburg City Council, Ogdensburg Lions Club Member, Moose Lodge Member, Seaway Festival Volunteer, Ogdensburg School Board, St. Lawrence County Youth Advisory Board, Ogdensburg Housing Authority Board, helped to establish Pop Warner Football and Minor Hockey, Biddy Basketball Coach, Bishop Conroy Physical Education Teacher and for a number of years was the Head Basketball Coach at Wadhams Hall Seminary College.
Luckie was born on March 22, 1936, a son of the late Joseph & Mary (McArdle) Luckie. He attended school at Rice High School in the Bronx and Springfield, NJ where he excelled in basketball earning all-state honors for New Jersey.
He then continued his education and basketball career at Panzer Athletic College (which became Montclair State) with a major in Physical Education. He later married Catherine Ruth McGillivray she predeceased him on Nov 5, 1986. He then married Pamela Miller on August 12, 1988 at the Notre Dame Church in Ogdensburg.
After college Tom worked at Eastern Air Lines and later was hired in the early 60’s by longtime NBA basketball official Norm Drucker to serve as program director of the Navy Yard Boys Club in Brooklyn, NY. Tom built many great relationships with the members there before moving to Ogdensburg in 1965 to become Program/Assistant Director of the Ogdensburg Boys Club and Director of the Belmont Courts Boys Club. In 1968 he was named Executive Director of the club and was an instrumental part of a fund drive in 1973-1974 which resulted in the current club being built on Patterson St. and becoming the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club where he served in that position until retiring in 2005.
In his time at the club he, along with Ruth and Pam influenced and impacted countless youth. In 1997 Tom was recognized by Boys and Girls Club of America with the Bronze Medallion Award for his outstanding service.