Much has been written on the career of Robert T. “Bob” Lacy, and rightfully so. He was the past owner of Bob Lacy Ford in Robstown, Texas where he was “right on the corner, right on the price.”
He served on many and various economic boards, charity boards and community beautification projects. He was with the Ford Motor Company for 53 years, and in that time, he continued to be a top-selling agent in his division.
In between all of this, however, he managed to have an adventurous, wonderful life that included too many family and friends to mention. Lacy passed away on July 13, 2017 at the age of 90.
Lacy was a man of many interests and he was always willing to talk about them or to give his listeners a humorous antidote. Lacy was born in south Louisiana, a place he always thought fondly of. He would send his friends delicious looking recipes for Cajun food, a variety of food that spoke to his soul.
He graduated high school in 1943, then promptly volunteered for the Army Air Corp, where he fought with the allies in Japan. After leaving the Army, he enrolled at Louisiana State University, where he was a cheerleader for the Tigers. It was during this time that Lacy began working for Ford. He started out as parts clerk in Sulphur, Louisiana, his hometown. From this job, he worked his way up to the General Manager position.
“He loved the Ford Motor Company,” said his wife, Judy. “He enjoyed his time working at the dealership and the people he worked with.”
Lacy even attended Ford’s Future Dealer School, which was held at the home of Henry Ford. It was in 1971 that he moved to Robstown and bought in with some business partners to form D.C. Rachal Ford. In 1979, he purchased the controlling interest in the dealership and Bob Lacy Ford was born.
Lacy and his wife frequently enjoyed incentive trips, won by completing sales objectives set by the company, based on the size of each dealerships inventory.
“We always traveled with Ford, because we won the trips. Bob loved to travel,” Judy said.
The Lacy’s travelled to many locations, but Bob’s favorite destination was Istanbul, Turkey. According to his account, Istanbul was such a clean place to go and they would watch them wash the sidewalks in the mornings. Lacy also enjoyed trips to Mexico and many other places around the world.
“I always loved traveling with Bob, but the best part was always coming home, so we could be together,” Judy said.
Along with his love of travel, Lacy had an immense love for family and friends. Lacy’s home was one that all visitors always felt welcomed and wanted. His family tells about times spent there and the love they always felt for their “Papa Lacy”.
Lacy had recently fallen ill and was unable to leave his home, but he still kept up with his friends and family through visits and Facebook. Lacy was known to send many e-mails and Facebook messages, always with a funny joke or something yummy to cook.
“I had a friend call me the day after Bob had passed. She had no idea that he had passed, but she called to see if he was alright,” Judy said. “I told her that he had passed the night before and she said that she knew something wasn’t right because she hadn’t heard from him in two days.”
Lacy lent his great communication skills to many committees including the Robstown Chamber of Commerce, Robstown Lions Club and the Northwest Business Association. He also served on the Board of Directors for Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers.
Lacy was a successful business man, but that’s not what made him truly successful. Lacy was a wonderful friend, devoted family man and staunch community activist. He will be missed by many in the Calallen and Robstown areas.