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Robert H. Bucknall

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Robert H. Bucknall 1924 - 2008 SHAFTSBURY Robert H. Bucknall died peacefully on Thursday morning, May 29, 2008, with family at his side. Born on April 27, 1924 in New York City, son of G. Stafford Bucknall and Margaret Powers Bucknall, he grew up in New York City and Glen Cove, Long Island. He was educated at St. Bernard's School, St. Paul's School, and Harvard University. He was an excellent athlete competing on many school teams, including baseball, hockey and skeet shooting. He also loved to sail on Long Island Sound. An Army veteran of World War II, he served as a sergeant in the 83rd Infantry Division throughout the European Campaign, was a recipient of the Bronze Star and a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Bucknall loved New York City and the Hudson River Valley. His family had moved to Conwall-on-Hudson, N.Y. He travelled the United States, England and Europe extensively. He worked in Midland, Texas, as a geologist for Big Spring Exploration for several years. After marrying in 1961 and starting a family, he moved from Denver, Colo., to East Road in Shaftsbury in 1967. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Mount Anthony Country Club for years. Later in life, he enjoyed reading three newspapers a day, doing countless crossword puzzles, feeding all the birds that frequented his many feeders, and taking care of his property. Although a tacit man, Mr. Bucknall was knowledgeable about many things, and he always had an interesting story or fact to add to any conversation. He was loved by his family and grandchildren. He leaves his brother, William Bucknall; his daughter, Victoria Silsby and husband, Samuel Silsby III, and grandchildren, Elizabeth and Samuel; his son, Christopher Bucknall and wife, Janet, and grandchildren, Emily and Travis, and his son, Mark Bucknall and wife, Heather, and granddaughter, Cassidy. He is additionally survived by "one miserable mutt and two loving cats". He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Bucknall. FUNERAL NOTICE: Family and friends may call at the MAHAR and SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main St., Bennington on Thursday, June 5, from 5 to 7p.m. A private internment for will be in the Locust Valley Cemetery in Locust Valley, L.I., at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Bucknall's memory may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center or the Shaftsbury Fire Department through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 3, 2008
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