Lukey was taken from us too soon. Way too soon, at just 26.
As you may know, Lukey kept to himself and was a man of few words, but those who got to know him got to see his insanely funny, caring, and kind personality. Though at times he may have been too shy to look directly at you, occasionally you could see a small smile curl up on his face as you talked.
He had a brilliant mind to go with his gentle, helpful and kind exterior. If something was new to him, he learned it. If he was teaching you something, he would zoom through his lesson at lightning speed. You had to keep up with his mind or he’d sail right by you. No worries though, because he would always go through it again and again until you got it. No matter what was asked of him, Lukey always agreed to help, even if he got nothing in return. If only he would have agreed to taking more pictures with us ♡
Lukey was given his first job with all the help, support, love and guidance he needed by Steve and Tamara Truax at the EELEF center. This is an after school homework help center where he basically ran the internal working. He became a part of the family and was beyond invaluable. As he got older, he needed new challenges and a place to work that would give him more of a chance to showcase his skills. He was given that chance to move up by starting work for Dr. Berkowitz in the Offices of Special Student Services at the East Ramapo Central School District. We were all so proud to see his confidence build each day he spent on the job, and to see him in his business attire too. He was dedicated to doing a great job no matter what the task was or what it entailed.
Luke also leaves behind the legacy of five successful years of the Rockland Youth Film Festival. (RYFF) He was literally the spine of the entire operation and we could not have accomplished the enormous feat without him. We threw last minute changes at him and he always made it work with no complaints, well - almost none.
Lukenson had a great sense of humor but you had to be quick to catch it. His smile was joyful. His soul was gentle. He loved to sing, but mostly when no one was listening. He loved to sing with his sister Ruth too. A beautiful duo.
He is survived by his two sisters, Ruth and Emmanuela, and his mother, Claudette Leroy. He leaves all who knew him with a huge hole in their heart. He made a lasting impression on all those who took the minute to see him, to know him.
Lukenson, a gem of a man. You will be immensely missed.
During this challenging time of COVID-19, we ask for your help in carrying out the funeral for Lukenson and assisting his family. Every little amount can help to give Lukenson the send-off that he deserves.
All funds raised will go to Lukenson's mom and sisters.
*words kindly written by Melissa Booker*
- Alison Leon
Fundraising team: Lukenson's Family & Friends (6)
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