Community Mourns Passing of Student

Lucas Wheeler ’18 and parents

On Monday, September 11, the Brewster community suffered a tremendous loss.

Lucas Wheeler, Class of 2018, passed away overnight in his residence hall. The medical examination revealed that he had undiagnosed cardiomyopathy.

Lucas attended Newton South High School in Massachusetts before starting at Brewster in the fall of 2015 as a sophomore. Head of School Craig Gemmell shared, “I had the opportunity to get to know Lucas well. A remarkable friend and a devoted member of our community, Lucas was a boy who spoke from the heart about everything about which he cared and was a devoted member of the varsity lacrosse and hockey teams. He was excited to be back at Brewster and was looking forward to the start of his senior year.”

He continued, “Every member of our campus feels this news deeply, and the care and concern shown here has been stunning. Monday evening we held an All School gathering to help support the grieving process with students, and the gathering ended with Lucas’ classmates and friends speaking of their profound love of him in the midst of their sense of loss.”

Resources, including grief counselors, have been in place since the community was notified of Lucas’ passing on Monday.

A service celebrating the life of Lucas Todd Wheeler will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 3pm at The First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon St, Newton, MA 02459. Lucas Wheeler Obituary

Any questions can be directed to Communications Director Marcia Eldredge.

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  • Arlene Fabio
    Reply

    You have our sincere condolences on the passing of Lucas. I am certain that he will be remembered well and for a long time to come by the Brewster family. We are so sad to think of how devastating his passing must be to his family. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers.

    Arlene and Leo Fabio, parents of Salim (Sal) Fabio ’18.

  • Dwayne Nice
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    We are sorry for the Wheeler family loss, and also Brewster Academy’s loss it is so hard to lose a loved one especially so young. You all have our condolences from our hearts. Dwayne and Linda Nice parents of Katelyn Nice ’18.

  • Chris Glidden
    Reply

    All of us at Phillips Exeter Academy send our thoughts and prayers to you all at Brewster and especially to Lucas’ family.

    Chris Glidden
    Director, Office of the Principal
    Phillips Exeter Academy

  • Bob and Cooper Low
    Reply

    So, so sorry.
    Brewster Academy and The Wheeler Family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Lucas this summer at lacrosse camp at Brewster. His enthusiasm and energy made an impact on both me and my 7 year old son.
    Heartfelt condolences.

    Bob Low
    Groton School

  • Jimma nelson
    Reply

    God bless you in heaven dear Lucas you are our new guardian angel l knew you through association with your friends and watched you play hockey and lacrosse with Conor Leach my heart is heavy for my friend Dexter Hanson he was a good friend he is strong but hurting to your parents time heals but never soon enough I am sincerely sorry I lost my brother at a young age and Craig nice words a tribute to this young man

  • Suzanne Mitchell
    Reply

    I’m so very sorry….. there are no words. God bless to all his family and teammates You are in my prayers❤️🙏

  • Zack Corr
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    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Wheelers at this time… we are heartbroken for you and the BA community.🥀

    The Corrs
    Zack, Bryan & Linda
    Belmont, MA

  • Ron and Faye O'Blenis
    Reply

    We are so very sorry for your profound loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brewster family and indeed with the Wheeler family as well.

  • Keith & Anna Lissa Johnson
    Reply

    Our sincere condolences to your family on the immeasurable loss you suffered. Our son Trevor will miss his friend, Lucas. His memory and personality touched Trevor deeply. I feel that Lucas’ influences will be remembered by Trevor. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Keith and Anna Lissa Johnson
    Parents of Trevor Johnson ’18
    Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia

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