Former governors attend Lucey funeral

CREATED May 19, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Former Wisconsin Governor Patrick Lucey was remembered at a funeral mass in Church of the Gesu on the Marquette University campus.

Governor Scott Walker and first lady Tonette Walker attended along with former governors Jim Doyle, Tommy Thompson, Scott McCallum and Martin Schreiber.
 
"A lot of the people that were in this church were people that he brought into government," Thompson told reporters after the mass.
 
Lucey served two terms as governor in the 1970s.  Lucey was close friends with former Governor Doyle's father, Jim Doyle, Sr.  
 
"The guy who really knew how to build a party was Pat Lucey," former Governor Doyle said.  "So, just the fact that I had a party to run for governor from, I owe to Pat Lucey."
 
Lucey was in the Kennedy inner-circle.  He led the merger of Wisconsin's university system.  
 
President Carter asked Lucey to serve as US Ambassador to Mexico.  Lucey left the governor's office to take that post.
 
Then lieutenant governor Martin Schreiber was elevated to the state's highest office.
 
"Gratitude for what he did for the Democrat party and for the opportunity he gave many, many people to serve," Schreiber said, speaking of Lucey.
 
Lucey's son, Paul Lucey, delivered the main eulogy.  The mass was led by Lucey's brother, Father Greg Lucey, a Catholic priest in Alabama.