BUCK, Raymond J.
Ray Buck, 83, of Sanibel, FL died on September 20, 2013 at Hope Hospice, Fort Myers. A New England Yankee by birth and thought, he was born in Rhode Island and later resided in Storrs and Old Saybrook, CT before moving to Sanibel 19 years ago. He was a caring, intelligent and generous man. He was well-known in New England for his twenty plus years as a volunteer coach for the "Mansfield Frogs" swim team. He taught hundreds of young children how to swim competitively and was much beloved as Coach Buck. Ray served in the US Army during the Korean War period where he put his writing talents to good use. Ray had a passion for writing and enjoyed a life-long career fashioning and honing his skills as a writer and editor for several daily newspapers, continuing as a playwright and as an academic editor and publisher at the University of Connecticut. In his later years he devoted much of his energy to poetry capturing his joy in life and living. A proud graduate of Dartmouth College, Ray was named the Class of '52 Poet. He published a book of poems, South of Providence. He was a member of the Island Writers Group Four and a frequent participant in the Sanibel-Captiva Island Writers Read as well as at the Open Mics at The Bean. Always an avid gardener, he found great pleasure in the beauty of wild and domesticated flowers and plantings. He was a docent at the Sanibel Historical Museum and after much research, re-created the gardens as they once were, now located behind the Rutland House. He leaves behind his loving wife, Mary; three devoted daughters, Susan Buck and husband Ed Chappell, Carol Whitehead and husband Frank, Amy Diehl and husband Paul; five grandchildren and a dear cousin, Linda Meunier.
For those wishing to make a contribution in Ray's memory, donations to the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, P.O. Box 413, Sanibel, Florida 33957, are suggested. Friends may sign the guest book at www.dignifiedcremations.com.