FENWICK, Conn., Killington and Washington D.C. — The funeral procession will begin to assemble at 9 a.m. on Dec. 16 at Swan Funeral Home for John R. Lacey, who died Dec. 1. It will proceed at 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian burial will be in St. John Church in Old Saybrook. Burial will be private.
He was born on June 28, 1945. John was the son of the Honorable J. Robert Lacey and Marie McNerney Lacey of Southington, Conn.
A graduate of the Robinson School, John went on to Georgetown University where he received a B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service. While at Georgetown, John became an original F.O.B., and remained a lifelong friend of President Clinton.
John received his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School and a M.A.L.D. degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. John practiced corporate and international business law as a partner in the Hartford firm of Copp, Berall and Hempstead and was founding partner of Lacey, Meissel, Koven and Kaufman.
In 1994, John was nominated by President Clinton to serve on the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. In January 2001, John was elevated to Chairman. In 2002, John was appointed as an Appellate Hearing Examiner for the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Throughout his service, John was a kind and compassionate voice in the adjudication of claims of suffering families. John’s service went under the radar of most Americans, but the thousands affected witnessed his goodness.
A private man, John was a thoughtful and generous person. He was a good friend, always there when needed. “He gave more than he took.”
John was a passionate reader, always thirsting for knowledge since his childhood. In his early teens, John caught the ski bug. He skied Killington from its inception. John was a part-time ski instructor at Killington for many years. He delighted in working the British Programs, teaching hundreds of young Brits to ski and sharing stories of their first ski experiences and impressions of the New World.
John loved Fenwick. During summers, John would be seen out on the golf course uttering classic Lacey-isms like: “Just missed that one,” or after his playing partner hit a particularly poor shot; “why don’t you swing a little faster?” No matter what the score, John was always gracious, humble and a true pleasure to be around.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John R. Lacey Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Inc. or the John R. Lacey Scholarship Fund at Fletcher.
This obituary first appeared in the December 12, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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