Family and friends gathered at San Pablo Park on Sunday to remember Benjamin Lusk Jr., sharing memories of his life and caring spirit that touched so many.
Lusk, who was 76, died on Aug. 8.
Born in Oakwood, Texas on Aug. 18, 1938, he and his family moved to California in 1943. He graduated from Berkeley High, a scholar, athlete, and a member of the Student Body Government.
He continued his education at the UC Berkeley and went on to earn a doctorate of Jurisprudence from Boalt Hall School of Law.
After practicing law for a few years in the Bay Area, he taught law in New Zealand. During the four years overseas, he cultivated a love of sailing, horticulture and travel. He returned to the East Bay and set up a private law practice.
Lusk volunteered with the Red Cross after 9/11 and Katrina.
He was the child of Benjamin Sr. and Eula Echols Lusk. He had 4 brothers: Thomas, Gregory, David, and Billy; and seven sisters: Evelyn, Judy, Mary, Sandra, Joan, Alisea and Carmelia.