Frank Lacy, Virginia Gentleman

Frank Lacy, a fine human being who was a good samaritan in my home town, recently passed away. I first knew Mr. Lacy as a neighbor who let the neighborhood kids play football in his yard. Later we played basketball in his driveway.

As a teenager I often saw him at the golf course. Not even the tortuous game of golf could anger him or affect his mild manner. He appeared to exist in a remarkably even state of being, neither pulled down by the setbacks in his life nor inflated by his considerable success in business and status in the community. Here’s a link to Virginia State SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 346, celebrating the life of Frank McCormick Lacy.

I last saw him at the Kings Grant Retirement community when I was visiting my father in 2001. Even though he was in his 90’s and hadn’t seen me in 20+ years, he remembered who I was.

The Frank Lacy that I knew did not seek attention or the bright lights of publicity. He was dedicated to doing the right thing quietly, nicely and politely. He was truly a Virginia Gentleman.