Flying Tiger Line
Pilots Association

Lawrence F. “Dad” Luccio

In Memoriam

October 18, 1922 - May 10, 2017

Lawrence F. "Dad" Luccio, 94, of Placid, Florida, peacefully passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

He was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Boonton, New Jersey.

Larry was a pilot during World War II, and afterward operated a flying school before becoming an airline pilot for the Flying Tiger Line on 8/11/1950.  He quickly picked up his nickname because of his generous nature and his willingness to take care of everyone he flew with, almost like a father.

Larry and his beloved wife, Theresa, moved to Placida, Florida, in 1983 and enjoyed spending summers in Harrison, Maine.  Larry was an amateur radio operator, but his biggest passion was flying.  He wa a member of the Masonic order for 75 years and the Rotonda Golf Club.

Larry is greatly missed by his sons, Gary and wife Vicki, Kevin and wife Bonnie, Mark and wife Nancy; grandchildren Jared, Kyle, Justin and Sarah; and great-granddaughter Athena.  He was preceded in death by his wife Theresa and daughter Valerie Ann.

Services were private and the family requested that donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 12052 Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612

Below are pictures from his son, Gary Luccio who also flew for Tigers and was lucky enough to fly as Dad's First Officer on his last flight.  Anyone wishing to contribute to this page with archived pictures or testimonials about Larry is encouraged to contact us at

Luccio grabbing the crew bus on his retirement flight

Captain Larry and First Officer Gary Luccio

Larry and Gary at the bottom of the steps with Chief Pilot Ron Hall

Celebrating with Brian Esler















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