Jim Lucas, wee Jimmy as he
was known, was born at the Greenside in Maybole in 1936.
The youngest of three children, he was raised by his
grandmother from the age of three together with his big
sister Nancy and big brother Tommy, following the
premature death of their mother. The three siblings were
brought up alongside the late Ina, big Jim and Jack.
A shy little boy, Jim would hide underneath the dining
table whenever visitors arrived but he was to become a
popular and charismatic figure, well loved by everyone
who had the pleasure of knowing him.
As a school boy, Jim was a member of the Life Boys,
progressing to the Boys Brigade at age 11. He didn’t
stay there very long though because he didn’t like the
hat they wore! So instead he joined the 10th Ayrshire
Scout Group with whom he travelled to Germany and as
part of an exchange visit was a member of the welcoming
committee in 1954. Jim eventually became Assistant Scout
Master of the group.
An active young man, he was also a member of Maybole
Judo Club and he helped them to build a new training hut
of their own in the Croft.
Jim’s first job after leaving school was as Apprentice
Grocer with PA McConnell in the town. This was a trade
he would later return to when he worked for supermarket
“giants” Coopers Fine Fare and Safeway in Prestwick.
National Service took Jim to Penang in Malaya. For two
years he served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers and there
began his obsession for collecting anything and
National Service completed, Jim came home and quickly
secured employment with McQuater Wholesale Confectioners
and realised one of his dreams when he bought his first
dog, a white Alsatian with his pay. Dusty and her owner
became inseparable as she accompanied him on his rounds
in the grocer’s van.
A hardworking man, Jim also enjoyed a season at Butlins,
he worked at Ailsa Hospital and even spent two years as
a traffic warden before becoming Manager of Peter
Dominic’s new Off-licence when it opened in Prestwick in
the 1970’s. There he spent many enjoyable years with Una
by his side, as his book-keeper. When Peter Dominic’s
shop was closed down in the late 1980’s, Jim started his
own business, taking his staff with him and Jimmy’s
Off-Sales was born.
Licence holder Jimmy was always in demand for weddings
and parties, usually in Maybole Town Hall. He reputedly
did “the best bar in the toon” occasionally keeping work
within the family by rallying the younger generation to
collect the empty glasses at such functions.
Jim also worked for Mulveins in the town and also
maintained several gardens for neighbours and friends
over the years and would happily be out gathering
brambles at this time of year for any jelly makers.
Home, to kind-hearted Jim, was his house in Coral Glen
which he decked out in Ming vases and Cacti. is door was
always open and he was happiest in the company of his
family or his friends. He loved his cats and dogs (a
little too much given that most of them shared their
owner’s love of Chinese food!).
He also loved his cars – not everyone will know that Jim
bought his first car, a new Mini, when one of his
premium bonds came up. After that came the very smart
MG, followed by the Lancia and who can forget his
spanking new red Ford Capri?
A pipe smoking, spontaneous and funny uncle is fondly
remembered by all of his nieces and nephews. Ladies may
remember that whether you were young or old, to Jim they
were quite simply “lass”.
Unique and charming, Jim was entertaining and welcoming
and hospitable to the end. He is sadly missed.