Dick Lucas worked at Wests Group Macarthur for 35 years. When he retired last month, he was the longest serving employee at Wests.
Mr Lucas, a Campbelltown local, worked in the Strong Room for most of his career at Wests. But there was much more to the man, according to some of his colleagues at the club.
“Dick was always up for a laugh and a chat about the footy or providing you with the latest updates on the obituaries,’’ said one of his colleagues, Richard Ward.
“He is quite fond of a Hot n Spicy Spam sandwich and tried with all his might to get people to jump on the Spam bandwagon! Hasn’t had much luck yet.
“Dick has earned the respect of those who worked alongside him and has become a friend to many of us throughout the years. Those friendships will continue well into the next chapter of his life.
“Now he can spend his days with his lovely wife, rolling up at lawn bowls and the odd game of bingo.’’
On behalf of the board and the staff, a spokesperson for Wests Group Macarthur thanked “our longest serving employee, Dick Lucas, for his commitment over the last 35 years.
“Dick had unquestionable loyalty to our organisation and took great pride in his position and his place in the club’s history.
“We appreciate all that he has done for the company and the dedication throughout his time at Wests.
“We wish Dick Lucas all the best in your next adventure and hope that you enjoy every bit of retirement. You will be missed by all the team and patrons here at Wests.”
Alan Buxton, chairman at Wests Group Macarthur, also paid tribute to Mr Lucas.
“Dick had unquestionable loyalty to our organisation and took great pride in his position and his place in the club’s history. We appreciate all that he has done for the company and the dedication throughout his time at Wests,” Mr Buxton said.