Frederick H. Buckley, “Fred”, 93, of Lebanon, passed away peacefully Monday (Feb. 19, 2018) in Norwich, surrounded by his loving family. Fred is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Evelyn (Kanter), his four children, Robin and her husband, Richard Goldstein of Lebanon; Frederick Buckley, Jr and his wife Kimberly of Hudson, MA; Melissa Buckley of Lebanon and Mark Buckley and his wife Dianne of Oxford, MA; three grandsons, Ryan Goldstein and his wife Lara and Jared and Noah Buckley; his two brothers, Richard Buckley of Groton, and Robert Buckley of Voluntown, and a sister, Ruth Sanders of Norwich. He was predeceased by brother, William. He leaves many much loved nieces and nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by many countless family and friends. Fred was born on September 4, 1924 in Norwich, the third son born to William and Annie (Caulkins) Buckley. He was the third son to simultaneously serve in the Armed Forces during World War II, as a Private First Class. He fought through the Italian campaign and was stationed in Northern Italy, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement in action. Fred and Evelyn settled in Lebanon and raised their family. For 55 years, he owned and operated Buckley Plumbing and Heating. Fred enjoyed the outdoors and spending time at Beach Pond with his family and friends, water skiing, swimming, fishing and boating. He shared his love for fishing by teaching his two sons and three grandsons to fish, and treasured all of the moments shared with them. He especially looked forward to his trips to Camp Keefe in Maine with his longtime group of friends. He was an avid gardener who took great pride in his garden and his harvest. He also enjoyed the UCONN Women’s Basketball team and NASCAR. He always found time to attend and support the many activities and sports of his children and grandsons. As a proud veteran, Fred was one of the original members of American Legion Post #180 and served as Commander for three terms. He was instrumental in constructing the Legion Hall, and served as an Honor Guard, and will always be remembered for marching in the Lebanon Memorial Day Parade. He was also a lifelong member of the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department. The family will receive guests starting at 10 AM Saturday (Feb. 24th) at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester before a Chapel Service with military honors at 11 AM. Burial will be private in the New Lebanon Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred’s honor to the American Legion Post #180, 567 Exeter Rd, Lebanon 06249 or the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department, 23 Goshen Hill Road, Lebanon 06249.
Lebanon Volunteer Fire Dept.
P.O. Box 51, Lebanon CT 06249
American Legion Post 180
567 Exeter Road, Lebanon CT 06249