Chuck Lacey, originally of Laceyville, PA, died on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at his Lakeland, FL home at the age of 72. His greatest achievement was seeing the drug, Yervoy, approved by the FDA for the treatment of melanoma. He was a successful participant in the clinical trial at M.D. Anderson in Orlando, FL. His participation paved the way for treatment protocols currently being prescribed for the treatment of melanoma.
In his earlier years, he was vice-president of Whipple’s Lumber Co. Besides traditional administrative responsibilities, he developed a church building program in which time dozens of churches were constructed. During those years, he served as a school board member for the Wyalusing Valley School District; served as council member for the Borough Council and served as a trustee for the Braintrim Baptist Church. While in these positions, he was responsible for initiating several energy-saving projects.
In later years, he became an independent contractor working exclusively for Roy Piper’s Huff ’n Puff Construction. He managed various projects such as McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, the state police barracks, Insalaco’s and the Crossings Outlet Mall—to name a few. In his spare time, for his own benefit, he built and managed 18 Bridge St. Apartments.
He was a devoted husband and father. Many will remember him for his unconditional positive regard, loyalty, sacrifice and support for his family. He was also known as a father to the fatherless, not only in his immediate family, but also for the larger extended family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Sally and four daughters, Lynne, Robin, Charlene and Joni. Lynne Crandall of Port Charlotte, FL is a nurse practitioner employed by Edison State College. She has two grown children. Robin Limbeck of Victor, NY is employed as a nurse and also has two grown children. Charlene and her husband, Larry Anderson, reside in Raleigh, NC. Charlene, a teacher, homeschooled her three children. Larry is a selfemployed subcontractor. Joni, a nuclear physicist and her husband, Dr. Marcello Pintado, a physical therapist, reside in the Chicago area with their two small children where they work together in his business.
There weren’t any funeral services. Instead, he was cremated and private memorial services are being planned for later dates. In lieu of flowers, please send your donations of time and money to your local church for the development and support of families in crisis.
He will be sorely missed.