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Harold Baily Buckley Jr. went to be with the Lord On February 16, 2013. Harold was born September 14, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA, the son and third child of Harold Buckley Sr. and Grace Quigley Buckley. After serving honorably with the Navy in World War II, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Physical Education. While in college, he was a member of the University's Gymkana Troupe, which performed gymnastic shows. Here he met several lifelong friends, including his best man.
Marrying a pretty blonde named Joan Delores Garner, Buck (as he was known to family and friends), embarked on a civil service career lasting 37 years. Buck and Joan enjoyed many pastimes, including bridge, square dancing, bowling and (his passion) golf. He retired after a long and distinguished tenure as the Civilian Personnel Officer for Fort Sam Houston, where he was known even after leaving his post as "Mr. B".
Buck's career took him to Japan and Panama on assignments, with his wife and three sons at the former post and with just Joan (and their dog Nova) at the latter. He and Joan built a diverse circle of friends from their job moves, which included living in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Texas. One of their post-retirement highlights was an Alaskan cruise.
Buck's love of dogs was shared by Joan and they adopted no less than 6 four-legged children during their marriage. Besides golf and keeping in shape (he participated in Senior Olympics and was a member of "the Sweathogs" morning workout group at Sonterra Country Club), Buck loved to read and took to doing crossword puzzles to keep his mind sharp after retiring.
Never one to just work and go home, Buck was always ready to step in where he was needed. He served as a church elder and a PTA president, to name a few. He could be counted on to give generously (with his funds and time) to organizations supporting animals, veterans and the less fortunate.
Buck was preceded in death by his parents and sister Grace. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joan, and their three sons Greg, Gary (Lynne) and Steven (Wendy). Also survived by his sister, Alberta; honorary daughter-in-law Lynn Aussenhofer; grandchildren Mark, Joseph (Kelle), Rachel, Mike (Mallory), and Kristin, and great-grandchildren Blaine and Madilyn.
A memorial service will be held on February 26th at 2 PM at San Pedro Presbyterian Church, 14900 San Pedro Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Start Center for Cancer Care, through the Thrive Well Cancer Foundation, at www.Thrivewell.org or the physical address 4383 Medical Drive San Antonio, TX, 78229.
Published in Express-News on Feb. 24, 2013