We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Bethpage Location
William Robert Lukas of Hillsborough, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2022 at the age of 84.
Bill (or Billy as he was known to family and friends) is predeceased by his parents Louis and Barbara, and sister and brother-in-law Arlene and Joseph Vehec. He is survived by his niece Elizabeth McLoughlin, her husband Michael and their children Katherine and Kelly McLoughlin, his two nephews and their wives, Jon and Courtney Rannells-Vehec, and Mark Vehec and Fayth Reich.
Bill was born William Robert Lukacovic on December 18, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. The family name was Americanized to Lukas prior to Bill joining the Army in 1959 where he was a Private First Class until being honorably discharged in 1961. He attended Holy Family Catholic elementary school in Brooklyn and graduated from Salesian High School in New Rochelle. Bill grew up in Greenpoint (Brooklyn) and then spent most of his life in Jackson Heights (Queens) until moving to the Brookdale assisted living community in Hillsborough, New Jersey in 2018 where he was closer to his sister and nephews.
Bill worked for the U.S. Postal Service at the main New York City facility for over 35 years. He enjoyed going to shows on Broadway, especially musicals, and attending operas at the Met. Bill was a sports fan, following all of the New York pro teams. Another favorite pastime of Bill’s included shopping for things he loved, most notably baseball caps, jackets, rings, watches, and office supplies.
While residing in Jackson Heights, Bill was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 4299. Bill was a kind-hearted, loving, and caring person who always had a smile and happy disposition that will be greatly missed by all who knew, loved, and cared for him.
A Graveside Service with military honors will be held Friday, May 27th, Noon at St. Charles Cemetery, East Farmingdale.