The last of a remarkable generation

LEGEND: Nowra’s Rufus Lucas, who passed away on Tuesday, with wife Molly. This photo was published on the cover of the most recent South Coast Senior Lifestyle magazine.THE death on Tuesday of Nowra resident Rufus Lucas at the age of 95 marks the end of an extraordinary generation of a South Coast family.Rufus, born in 1916, was the last surviving sibling from the 15 children raised in Bega by Alice and Henry Lucas.While Rufus and his wife Molly have lived in Nowra for more than 40 years, the Lucas family are legendary on the Far South Coast for another reason.In what is believed to be an Australian record, nine of the Lucas boys, including Rufus, fought in World War II.Remarkably, seven of the nine brothers survived the war; Basil Lucas was killed in New Guinea and Dudley Lucas died in Malaya.Rufus served on the Kokoda Track and the Owen Stanley Range in New Guinea.Recently, Rufus and Molly were interviewed for South Coast Senior Lifestyle magazine, with Molly saying the family was always very close.In 1968 Molly and Rufus moved to Nowra to be closer to two of their four children who had moved to Sydney, settling on 50 acres where the Cambewarra winery now stands.In later years they lived together at Greenwell Gardens in Nowra.Rufus is survived by Molly and their four children Garry, Gail, Pamela and Julie, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.The funeral for Rufus Lucas will be held today at All Saints Anglican Church in Nowra at 1pm.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.