Cumberland Times-News

Letters

June 20, 2013

With Phil, it was full service and friendship with a smile

I was sad to read that Phil Lucas had passed away June 9 (obituary, June 16 Times-News, Page 2B).

I came to know Phil in 1972 while dating a girl from Cresaptown where Phil’s gas station was located.

It was one of those mom and pop type service stations, nothing fancy but one of the last “full service” stations.

What was unique was when you stopped for gas there was Phil ready to fill your tank, clean your windshield, check your oil and check your tire pressure if requested; thus, “full service” and always with a smile.

As an added feature if you had children Phil always had a stick pretzel for each one before they left. Phil must have learned his approach of working with the public from his dad, Phil Sr., affectionately known as “Pop.”

Before “Pop” passed away he was always at the station with Phil Jr. handing out the pretzels to the kids.

As I thought about Phil’s passing I came to the conclusion that he had done it right — hard work, dedication, and a commitment to the community — that was Phil.

 Phil was part of the “greatest generation,” when people pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, dealt with setbacks, moved on, treated people with respect and didn’t expect a handout every time things got tough.

Phil kept his service station open for a number of years and the day he closed his doors for the last time was a sad day indeed in Cresaptown.

Phil was not one to sit around so he went to work for some other service stations in the area for awhile, but it just wasn’t what it used to be. Phil’s last job was as a greeter at Walmart were he was back in his element, greeting the public.

It was here that he reconnected with my son, Joshua, who had been a recipient of many a pretzel as a youngster and also an occasional bag of M&Ms.

Phil and Joshua became good friends and remained so to this day. After Phil left Walmart I would run into him from time to time and the conversation would always end up about Joshua and his career and Phil would always say “that Josh is a good boy.”

 Phil left a legacy here in Cresaptown and many friends will miss his smile and friendly demeanor, but I just close with “Rest, my friend,” and remember that you did do it right!

Terry Copeland

Cresaptown

1
Text Only
Letters
  • Support Canal classrooms with tax-deductible gift

    While your April 17 article (“Park Service opens Canal classrooms,” Page 1A) described this exciting program accurately, your readers may be wondering how they can help support this new educational opportunity for school children in Allegany County.

    April 18, 2014

  • Ivan Hall story brings back memories of a unique man

    I enjoyed Mike Sawyers’ Ivan Hall story. It was well written and brought back some wonderful memories of my Cumberland days and especially, an unique man.

    April 18, 2014

  • It’s a secret It’s a secret

    Could someone enlighten us about why not even the names of the two entities bidding on development of the Footer Dye Works building can be divulged?
    A Times-News article about the bids included an explanation from a lawyer for the attorney general’s office about the need to keep the names and other information secret at this time. Despite that, the logic of not divulging at least a little more information escapes us.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • What do we do about those who weren’t criminals after all?

    Now that Maryland has become the 17th state to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing.

    April 17, 2014

  • Which approach to the school makes sense?

    What exactly is the long-range plan, according to the Allegany County Commissioners?
    I’ve read in the Cumberland Times-News that the current County Commissioners intend to spend $9 million to construct a new high school.

    April 16, 2014

  • H.O.G. Rally coming to Cumberland in June

    Let me introduce myself. My name is Francine Kraft and I am the Maryland/Delaware State H.O.G. Rally Coordinator for 2014.
    With a team of seven others, we have put together a rally for June 19-22 to be held in Cumberland.

    April 16, 2014

  • Access to trout ponds hard for those who have trouble walking

    I took my 5-year-old grandson Easton, who lives in Cumberland, to the Evitts Creek three ponds on March 31, the day it was stocked with trout.He had the joy and excitement of catching his first trout and two more. I have a Maryland fishing license and trout stamp.

    April 16, 2014

  • Wait long enough; they will die off without being cared for

    The letter to the editor of April 14 (“Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.”),  I am afraid, hit the nail on the head — sort of — about this next set of returning veterans.

    April 16, 2014

  • Translations differ, but the message is eternal

    This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).

    April 15, 2014

  • Closing the loopholes will help clear the regulatory waters

    After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.

    April 15, 2014

Latest news
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads