Lucian Walter Tercyak Jr., born on November 14, 1946 in New Britain, CT died August 20, 2023 in Boston, MA at the age of 76. He was the son of the late Lucian Walter Tercyak Sr. and the late Josephine (DiPietro) Tercyak-Bass-Davidson. He attended New Britain Public Schools and graduated from New Britain High School in 1964. He pursued education at the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut at Hartford, CT, the US Department of Agriculture Graduate School in Washington, DC and Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, Boston, MA.
After High School he called various places home, including Baltimore, MD, Virginia Beach, VA, Harrisburg, PA and Washington, DC. He moved to Boston in 1978, living in the Beacon Hill, Allston, Jamaica Plain and South Boston neighborhoods and later found his place in North Dorchester’s Savin Hill section, specifically Saint William’s Parish in 1990.
An accomplished violinist and viola player, Lucian studied and played at Hartt College of Music of the University of Hartford, CT. In high school he was a member of The Greater Hartford Youth Orchestra and the Connecticut All-State Orchestra for three years. He later played with the Hartford String Orchestra, Bristol (CT) Symphony, Little Orchestra of Cambridge, MA, the Cambridge String Quintet and the Boston Civic Symphony.
Lucian enjoyed traveling, camping and sightseeing throughout the US, Mexico and Europe. His trips included Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland; the graves of Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Schubert and Strauss in Vienna:
Italy and the Vatican: Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Mexico City and the Celebration de Muertos in Patzuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. In the US he visited 25 states, including his special places; Spearfish Canyon, SD, Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park and Fish Camp, CA, where he spent a week of primitive camping every summer for 10 years.
A gay community activist in the 80’s, Lucian was a Steering Committee Member, did fundraising for and wrote a monthly newsletter, mailed to 400+ members of Lesbian and Gay Neighbors of Jamaica Plain, a Boston neighborhood organization. He organized and was a member of the LGNJP Volleyball Team.
An avid Red Sox fan, he also had a fondness for his former home team, the Baltimore Orioles and for the Cleveland Indians, which was the VFW Little League team that he and his two brothers played on. He cherished the many hours he spent with family and friends at Fenway Park, at Camden Yards and at the Old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
Lucian retired from a successful 30-year career at Accurate Fasteners, Inc., South Boston, MA in 2011. He played a crucial role in providing fasteners to
esteemed entities such as NASA, Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Saab-Scania AB and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His work also extended to international markets serving companies in Europe, Africa and China. He served his community as a City of Boston Voter Registrar, contributing to the democratic process. a
He attended Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in South Boston, MA and was a member of both Sacred Heart Church and his home parish of St. Ann’s Church in New Britain, CT.
Surviving Lucian are his partner and friend, Paul Gonzalez of Dorchester, MA, his sister Linda Marie Tercyak-Scorzato-Sheffield and husband Dale of New Hartford, CT, brother Michael Tercyak and his wife Anna of Lexington, SC, his niece Cassandra (Casey) and husband Michael (Mike) Jewell of Framingham, MA, nephew Jon and wife Rebecca Scorzato of Arlington, VA, nephew Michael (Mikey) Scorzato and friend Madeline Schad of Bristol, CT, great nephews, Nicholas, Adrien Arrow and Lucas Jewell of Framingham, MA, (whom “Uncle Butchie” happily carted through every Middlesex village and farm during their growing up years) and great nephews, twins Jack and Jacob Scorzato of Arlington, VA. He leaves his dear friend Helen (Pawluk) Deavers and many Tercyak, DiPietro and Barnum cousins and many friends. In addition to being predeceased by his parents (Lucian in 1975 and Josephine in1992) he was predeceased by an infant sister, Linda Mae Tercyak in 1947, a brother, Anthony (Tony) Tercyak in 2007, a cherished Aunt, Hedwig (Auntie Hedy) Tercyak in 1999 and good friend, Frank Liistro in 2013.
Calling hours are Monday, August 28, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Duksa Family Funeral Home at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 158 Broad St., New Britain, CT.
Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 662 Burritt St., New Britain, CT.