James Anthony Lucca, a.k.a General James, Saint James, Tiger Lucca, Dad, and most notably, Jimmy, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.
If you don’t know Jimmy Lucca, then you’ve been living under a rock because he’s been everywhere. He’s spent 66 years of his life touching the hearts and lifting the spirits of everyone who knew him. And, did you know he could make everyone laugh? If you haven’t laughed with Jimmy, you haven’t really lived.
But you know what he didn’t like? People who criticized his expert mowing skills. Jimmy was a physical power house, and he could mow your lawn faster than anyone else – including Chuck Norris. Period.
Everyone knew Jimmy had gifts of the spirit and was put on this earth to minister to the oppressed and the poor as well as those who were imprisoned in their minds. He showed them his love of God and great faith through his words and works.
Jimmy was committed to his family and honored them every day. They knew he was reliable and strong. Before Jimmy’s father Geno died, he specifically asked that Jimmy be at the head of his coffin as a pallbearer “cuz I know he won’t drop me.”
Before his mother Jennett passed, Jimmy checked on her daily and loved to help her around the house. He enjoyed caring for her, and it showed! From my point of view, his mother was the most nourishing source in his life, and when she died, his heart broke.
And that takes us to where we are today. It’s clear that Jimmy’s work on Earth is done. I mean, how can he continue helping all the people who need him so much when he’s in no condition to sneak out of the Littlefork Care Center or his new apartment, and hitchhike into town? He has places to go and people to see, and his body was just getting in the way of his divine mission.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with a visitation and recitation of the rosary at 10 a.m. in the church’s chapel.
Burial will follow with a procession to the cemetery.
A luncheon will follow at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his father, Geno; mother, Jennett; sister, Kathleen Dunbar; two brothers, John and Tony Lucca; and brother-in-law, Duane (Beaver) Earnest.
Jimmy leaves behind so many people who love him and will miss him dearly including three daughters, Jessica (Gregory) Hatchette, Potomac Falls, Va., Andrea Lucca, Manassas, Va., and Gina Lucca, Denver, Colo., as well as his five grandchildren, Mali, Lola, and Enzo Hatchette, Gwyneth Place, and Gavin Lucca. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters — David (Michaele) Lucca, Hayward, Wis., Paul (Anna) Lucca, Sparks, Nev., Julia Earnest, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Virginia (Stanley) Conwell, East Bethel, Minn., Maryann (Steve) Stone, International Falls, Minn., Joseph (Conni) Lucca, Warroad, Minn., Carolyn (Rich) Gauthier, Morristown, Minn., Peter (Susie) Lucca, Warroad, Bernadette (Joe) Corbett, Cedar, Minn., Christine (Mike) Ostman, Two Harbors, Minn., and Daniel (Angela) Lucca, Andover, Minn.
In lieu of flowers, you can donate directly to Jimmy’s funeral and memorial at https://www.gofundme.com/jimmy-lucca-funeral-and-memorial.
Any donations exceeding his funeral costs will be given to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School and The Hardwig House.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Koochiching County Family Services, especially Brad Kokesh, and all the people who support The Hardwig House and Littlefork Care Center. You have all shown great love and support to Jimmy, and you’re all forever in our hearts.