We are sorry to learn that Don Lucas passed away at the weekend.
Don was a trustee of Thorngate Churcher Trust for nearly 40 years and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Don joined the board at Thorngate in 1979 and was chairman from 1989 until his retirement in 2018. During his time as trustee, Don worked tirelessly to ensure that Thorngate provided help to those in need whether that was in the form of accommodation or residential social care. He always worked for the benefit of the residents of the Trust.
He retired from his work with Thorngate following the opening of Lucas Court, Thorngate’s 10 apartment complex which was named after his tremendous work.
His dedication and support were praised by fellow trustees and staff at Thorngate who described Don as an inspiration with tremendous passion for the charity.
Chief executive Anne Taylor said that Don’s commitment and support had made a positive impact on the housing sector in Gosport and his advice and expertise had been so important to Thorngate.
“We are all very saddened to learn that Don has passed away,” said Anne. “He played such a crucial role in the work of Thorngate for almost 40 years and we will forever be thankful for his guiding hand. We send our sincere condolences to his wife Christine, his family and friends.”
Anne said that Don had been instrumental in ensuring that the original mission of the charity founders continues today – to create better housing and social conditions for the less advantaged in Gosport.
In addition to his work for Thorngate, Don also gave unstinting service to the community through his role as a local Gosport Borough councillor, and latterly Alderman, his involvement with Gosport Borough Cricket Club and his other charitable work.