Lucien A. Moolenaar, Sr.
December 15, 1920-June5, 1985
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We, the members of the Easter Parade Carnival Troupe, are sad-
dened by the passing of our leader, comrade, and friend, Lucien. We
will always remember his enthusiasm, humor, hospitality and vib-
rant spirit. His natural friendliness, kindness, and willingness to help
at all times endeared him to us and to others who knew him. He was
caring and giving.
Lucien was philosophical about life. He often said that because we
never know what is ahead for us, we should always "be nice to peo-
ple," and enjoy life as much as we can. He preached it, and he prac-
ticed it. We will miss Lucien's physical presence among us, but we will
always be gladdened by his spirit. It is our hope that he will experience
the joy of marching in the most glorious Easter Parade of all!
Members of the Easter Parade Carnival Troupe.
My Godfather, Lucien
A very special, warm-hearted, loving, generous man, whose memory
shall forever remain sealed within my heart, all the days of my life. I
shall never stop loving you nor will I forget you.
Lzzette Moolenaar Turnbull
As a strong and responsible family man Lucien Moolenaar worked
hard to provide for the physical welfare and education of his children.
He extended himself beyond his family, however, by helping to
preserve the culture of the Virgin Islands through his participation in
Carnival and other community activities as well as by his skill as the
lead guitarist in a small group which provided entertainment for
friends and community organizations, including the Junior Honor
Society of the Bertha C. Boschulte School.
The memory of this contributions should serve as an inspiration to
those he has left behind.
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Lucien A. Moolenaar, Sr., affectionately called "Lu" by my family,
spent a great part of his youthful years among us.
He was the godson of my father, the late Theodore A. Vanterpool,
Sr. All of us loved him dearly.
"Lu" received training in the field of plumbing from his godfather,
Mr. Vanterpool, who was among the pioneers of Plumbing, Black-
smith and Tinsmith Tradesmen of yesteryear. "Lu" did very well in
his apprentice training. He assisted my father in laying the plumbing
lines and other job related work, in many of the buildings on this
island also on the island of St. John.
Later on in life, "Lu" became a Plumber in his own right and made
several contributions in this role and in many other areas of service to
I will always recall his childlike loving, warm and respectful man-
nerism. His years of maturity did not rob him of these charac-
Even though I am saddened by his passing from this life, I am glad-
dened in knowing that he will enter into the realms of eternity to be in
the company of one whose love for him is immeasurable.
May he rest in Peace.
Lucien, My Dearest
You have kissed the world goodbye,
But we are not apart,
Because I'll remember -
Our fun and our laughter,
Our struggles and our strengths,
Our reaching and our rewards,
Our carings and our copings,
Our mutual giving,
Our mutual taking,
The plantings and growing of
And although I' be lonely,
I'1 remember your sweetness
And 111 smile.
Mrs. Ruth-Marie Moolenaar
Dr. Gwen-Marie Moolenaar
Dr. Luden A. Moolenaar, Jr.
Atty. Gwynneth Merle Moolenaar
Mrs. Andrea Rosemond
Mrs. VanLeer Marsh and Mrs. Ulla F. Muller
Lucien A. Moolenaar III
Lucienne A. Moolenaar
Ashley-Ruth Ulla Moolenaar
Robbie and Julen Rosemond
Mrs. Terecita Moolenaar
Nieces and NeDhews
Mrs. Jewel Marsh, Dr. Alva Marsh
Mr. Warren S. Marsh, Mr. Keith Moolenaar
Mrs. Elma Francis, George Moolenaar H
Mr. Carl Moolenaar, Mr. Ken Mollenaar
Numerous great-nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren
Ms. Natalie White
George Moolenaar II Ken C. Moolenaar
O'Neal Moolenaar Ralph Moolenaar
Warren S. Marsh Hugo Moolenaar
HONORARY PALL BEARERS
T. Almero Jacobs Mario DeWindt Leroy L. Jacobs
John C. Newton Raymond DeWindt Gregory Swan
Paul Francis Hugh Smith
George Moolenaar, HII Gregory Swan
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What Can My Jesus Do More?
Nearer, My God, To Thee
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Battle Hymn Of The Republic
Onward Christian Soldiers
On The Old Rugged Cross
June 11, 1985
John Thomas Funeral Parlor
Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral
Chief Celebrant Fr. John Kingsbury
Deacon William Kenney
Eulogist Dr. Gwen Moolenaar
Readers Terecita Rivera
INTERMENT- Following Mass
The relatives and friends of
Lucien A. Moolenaar Sr.
thank all for expressions of sympathy
during this bereavement.
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Lucien Alanso Moolenaar, Sr., the fifth and last child of
George and Margaret Moolenaar, was born and raised at
Estate NelOoberg, St. Thomas
His father was a mason, and from early childhood Lucien
displayed an interest in craftsmanship at James Monroe Rural
Elementary School His vocational skils were developed at
Charotte Amalie High School foowing which he apprenticed
under his godfather, Theodore Vaaerpool, a Master Plumber/
Tmmsmih. These skls earned him employment with the Arun-
del Corporation which was the major construction firm
operating in St Thomas in the early 40"s. While there e mas-
tered the principles of moder-day plumbing.
On August 7, 1942 he married Ruth Marie Richards and of
this union there are three children. Shortly after setting up
household on Frenchman's Hill he became a licensed plumb-
ing contractor. This became his life's work as he provided
plumbing services to hundreds of homes and businesses on St
Tomas St. John and Water Island over three decades
Lucien was keenly interested in community matters and was
active throughout the early development of the now Democ-
ratic Party of the Virgin Islands. He was appointed to the
Public Utilities Commission and served two terms in the
1970's. He was also a member of the St. Thomas Lions Club.
But it was his active participation in the Easter Parade Car-
nival Troupe that punctuated his personal calendar year. As
co-sponsor and leader of the troupe he worked tirelessly with
troupe members in presenting winning entries year after year.
This was his pride and joy.
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He was also an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fish-
ing with friends. He began many a day stalking small game in
the wilds of the then undeveloped hills of St. Thomas and was
equally at home on the rocks of the Northside with his bamboo
casting rod and line. Horse racing held his avid attention as a
young man. His own horses, Stardust and Mona Lisa, never
diminished his pride or love of the sport win, lose or draw. His
early love of the game of cricket was eventually transferred to
baseball, with the N.Y. Yankees being the object of his en-
Among his family and close friends he was known and
admired for his guitar playing. He was always willing to enter-
tain with his repertoire of love songs and local melodies; he
enjoyed putting together impromptu scratch bands for fun or
entertainment. As he worked, so did he play hard. He still
found time to be devoted to his family and attentive to his
friends. Affectionately called "the Lion" he always found kind
and supportive words and boundless means of assistance to all
who needed and asked. He enjoyed travelling and in his later
years did so with his close friend and companion Natalie
Lucien was a Roman Catholic and also attended the St.
Andrews Episcopal Chapel.
He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
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