Family shares fond memories of former Governor Patrick Lucey

CREATED May 13, 2014

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MADISON - Flags are flying at half staff in honor of former Governor Patrick Lucey. His family is sharing fond memories for the first time since his death. They talked with TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson.

"He lived 96 years very, very well," said his son Paul Lucey.
 
He remembers the early years of campaigning with his father. Paul says it's true, politics was his father's hobby.
 
"So we didn't golf, we didn't fish, we didn't hunt. I think my brother and I once persuaded him to take us camping."
 
They were a famous family and meet famous politicians.
 
Benson: If people were going to say something about your dad, you'd hope they would say what? 
Lucey: I think when he recognized something was right, that is what he would do and often did it at some personal cost.
 
Lucey faced controversy setting up the modern-day UW System while governor in the 70's. He was ambassador to Mexico and briefly left the Democratic party to be a VP candidate for the Independent Party. 
 
"I never really thought of him as this icon," said Granddaughter Mary. "It was more, he just had such a warm spirit."
 
She remembers a man just as comfortable making pancakes as talking politics. 
 
"They were not the best of pancakes but they were the best pancakes because he was making them." 
 
Their conversations ranged from life to getting old. Lucey expressed how he missed not being able to watch the sunset from his his most recent apartment.
 
"He said; 'Mary when you are old and I mean really old get an apartment with a sunset view.'"
 
Visitation for Governor Lucey is set for Sunday, May 18th at Feerick Funeral Home between 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be Monday, May 19th at Gesu Church starting at 11:00 a.m. Both are open to the public.