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A Fond Farewell to 'Lucy the Cat'

We're sorry to report that Salem's much-loved feline, Lucy, has passed away.

Local residents took to Facebook Sunday to share their feelings about the recent passing of Lucy the Cat, who was a well-known and much-loved fixture at the Barking Cat Pet Emporium on Essex Street.

Though most people who knew him will remember him for his good looks and mellow demeanor, Lucy most recently made headlines in the spring of 2011, when he was catnapped and later rescued by the Salem police.

Have a fond memory of Lucy? Did you or someone you know get to know him over the years? Feel free to share a farewell message with your neighbors in the comments section below.

Leslie Levine December 03, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Rest in Peace sweet Lucy. Say hi to my fur babies Jaxx and Dakota :)
Leanne Schild December 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Lucy would often greet me on my way to work along Essex St while he patiently waited for the store to open. It was always a favorite part of my commute! And my 7 year old daughter adored Lucy. I don't know how I'll ever break it to her. :(
Lindsey Roman December 03, 2012 at 02:43 PM
RIP Lucy. I actually met him for the first time just a couple weeks ago, after wanting to for awhile. I was walking on Essex Street and he was in one of the parking lots. I couldn't resist petting him and he seemed so happy. He was adorable.
Sara December 03, 2012 at 02:43 PM
An honor to get to meet you! We will always remember you
Linda McIlvene December 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I will miss seeing posts of Lucy on the Barking Cat's FB page. With a name like Lucy, I thought it was a she cat...but everyone keeps saying "he"? RIP Lucy, he or she, and say hi to my Harry at the Rainbow Bridge!!
Karen Scalia December 03, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Lucy, such a wonderful cat. Fave memory: he would meow and purr and roll... convinced I had the power to open the doors to Barking Cat when they were closed. :) He made my husband and I smile many times, he will be missed.
Nancy Santos-Pacheco December 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I loved Lucy! He would always greet me on my runs through essex st. RIP Lucy!
Jeanne H December 03, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Rest in peace sweet Lucy.. if werent for the darned allergy i would have loved to have known u .. to have held u on my lap .. u were a beauty and much loved ..RIP ❤
Jaimie Cura (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 06:51 PM
What an amazing life this cat led! I never had the pleasure of meeting Lucy but what a story!
Kristin S December 03, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Lucy always asked us to let him in as we walked by on our way to the Y on Sat/Sun mornings. He never quite understood that all people didn't have a key to the store...we just saw him last weekend and gave him attention...glad we got to say "bye" we'll really miss him...
North Shore December 04, 2012 at 01:28 AM
So many smiling memories of Lucy. Sorry for your loss Dave & the Barking Cat.
Rebecca Barber December 04, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I remember when I used to walk into the barking cat and he'd be playing at my hands while checking out lol...
anthony deluca December 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
i'll miss seeing you lucy you were very special
Dan Kupka December 04, 2012 at 09:28 PM
To Dave P. and family - so sorry for your loss and sad that Lucy is gone. :( I found out about Lucy's passing just now...
MaryAnn Beaton January 08, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Oh Lucy I will miss you as I wrap up my evening summer strolls. Always loved stopping to pat and chat :))

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