Edwin J. Lucie, who helped forge a successful Long Island insurance company and later served as New York director of Independent Insurance Agents of America, died Sept. 22. He was 80.

Lucie, of Dix Hills, was a former president of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, where he was honored as Nassau County Business Person of the Year, his family said.

After serving in the Navy and graduating from City College of New York, he started his career in 1954 with the Royal Insurance Co. in Manhattan, serving as a special agent, his family said.

He later went into business for himself, helping launch the Sullivan, Shugrue and Lucie Insurance Agency in Farmingdale, now run by his son.

"The agency became successful in large part because my father was known to be ethical and knowledgeable," said Thomas Lucie, 55, of West Islip.

Lucie said his father "was insistent on making sure his children followed the ethics and morality he followed."

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Edwin Lucie taught insurance classes at universities around the state, including St. John's and Adelphi, for more than 27 years, the family said.

At the same time, he motivated his children to take their schooling seriously. "We all got college and advanced degrees," his son said. "My father had a famous household saying: 'Even though you may not need it, it's good to have it.' "

Thomas Lucie said he'll miss his father's wisdom and guidance.

"He was someone who gave me advice in a way only a father can. His agenda was what was best for me. It was unbiased and based off who I am," he said.

In the prime of his career, the elder Lucie became president of Werbel Institute, a New York insurance licensing school, his son said.

Lucie was once honored as "Insurance Man of the Year" by the United Jewish Appeal. As president of Farmingdale Rotary Club, he received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, the family said.

He is survived by his wife, Ingeborg, and three other children -- Edwin Lucie Jr., of West Islip; Laura Massaro of Arlington, Mass.; and Denise Canonaco of Colorado -- and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held last week at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in Dix Hills.