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Dr. Ralph N. Buck

BELLOWS FALLS, VT Dr. Ralph N. Buck, 94, formerly of Westminster, passed away December 22, 2015 at Springfield Health & Rehab after a brief illness. Known as "Doc Buck", he was born in Glover, VT to Dr. Percy and Grace (Dow) Buck. He attended school in Glover, Barton, and VT Junior College. Following his 1945 graduation from Tufts Dental School in Boston, he served as a dentist in the US Navy. In 1947 he acquired a dental practice in the Old Arms Block in Bellows Falls where he practiced for many years. He later built an office building in Westminster where he practiced until his retirement in 2007 at the age of 86. After 60 years in dentistry, his last patient was his great-grandson, John (then 7 months old) having his first dental checkup. Besides his love of his family, his interests included baseball and horses. He played ball in college and on several local teams in the area. It was at a ball game in Alstead, NH that he met Signa Owens, whom he later married in November 20, 1948 and who predeceased him in 2012. His early interest in horses was a throwback from his father, a country doctor who would visit his patients in Northern Vermont by horse and sleigh when unpaved roads were impassable in the winter. Then on weekends there would be Sunday afternoon races through the streets of Glover, Barton, and Lyndonville. His love for "The Trotters" remained and over the years he owned, trained, and raced several of his own at many New England tracks and fairs. He was a presiding judge at the Harness Races at the Orleans County Fair for over 50 years. We don't believe he missed one over the years he loved fair time. He felt very lucky to have been able to see his two great grandchildren, John and Payton, enjoy his favorite sports. "Old Pop" would be seen at almost every baseball and basketball game of John's and got to see Payton (who has acquired his love of horses) ride, show, and have a horse of her own. He enjoyed going to the senior center and had many nice friends at Riverview Apartments who would stop in and say "Hi" or to help out to all of them, thank you! He was fortunate to have enjoyed his horses, good friends, good health, and his family over so many years. Doc was friendly, outgoing, and always on the go looking for something to do. Whether driving up to Bucky's shop to hang out or to Stickney's farm, his driving skills were always a little sketchy. It was fast, straight ahead, and no looking back. Luckily his white caddy was recognized and people would pull over and let him go by. At the age of 92, by popular demand, he did give up driving. He was a member of the Moose, Legion, and Masons, and served on many local boards and committees in the area. Doc is survived by his son, Dr. Owen Buck & wife, Donna of Maine; his daughter, Nancy Adams & husband, Don of Westminster; his grandchildren, Naval Chief Petty Officer Peter Buck of Washington, DC, Samantha Sirois & husband, Ben of Maine, Buck Adams of Westminster, Judd Adams of Weathersfield, VT; great-grandchildren, John Adams and Payton Adams; nephew, Ralph Vincent of Sutton, VT and niece, Laurel Vincent of Danville, VT; and longtime friend and helper to both Signa and Ralph, Priscilla Parrott. He is predeceased by his parents and sister Rachel Vincent. SERVICES: There will be a service in the spring, date to be announced. Fenton & Hennessey funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Dr. Buck's name may be made to the BF Senior Center, Westminster Cares, or Kurn Hattin Homes.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 5, 2016
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