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GILBERT BYRON BUXTON Obituary
BUXTON, GILBERT BYRON On November 16, 2012 surrounded by his family, Gilbert B. Buxton, 75, passed away peacefully and comfortably following his valiant struggle against pancreatic cancer. Gil was born July 5, 1937, the second of three children to Daniel and Helen Buxton of Northbridge, MA. Early in his childhood the family moved to Pascoag, RI where he lived into his teen years. In 1956, at the age of 17, Gil moved west to San Diego. It was here that he embarked on a new career in the Sheet Metal Industry. He began as an apprentice, then a journeyman mechanic working for several of the major Sheet Metal companies in town. In 1962, Gil along with a longtime friend andfellow Sheet Metal worker started Spring Valley Sheet Metal. In 1967, Gil sold his interest in Spring Valley and partnered to form West Coast Sheet Metal (becoming sole owner five years later) which later became Bux, Inc. Over the next 30 years his company grew to become one of the largest Architectural Sheet Metal shops in the county. Gil took his knowledge of the business and put it to use becoming active in the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Association (SMACNA), serving as President of both the San Diego and California Associations as well as being a member of the National Board of Directors and as President of the Nation Council of Chapter Representatives. In 2002, Gil retired from the day to day challenges of business ownerships to pursue his passion for antique automobiles. He especially enjoyed, with the help of many friends, doing ground up restorations. Gil was very fortunate to have been able to share this passion with others having been able to have his vehicles displayed in local car museums, at the Del Mar Fair, as well as being used in many of the Mother Goose Parades of which he was both a board member and past President. Gil was also very active and past President of the San Diego Early Ford V-8 Club. Gil was involved in many charitable endeavors such as serving as both a general member and Board member of the Nice Guys of San Diego. He also served as a Board member for the Heritage of Americas Museum, where a number of early western and pre-Columbian artifacts and memorabilia he donated are on display. Gil leaves behind the love of his life, Margaret, whom he married 40 years ago this past November. He is survived by his sister Ellen Brooks of Massachusetts, daughters Valerie of La Jolla and Susan (Jerry) of Troutdale, Oregon, sons Richard (June) of El Cajon, Larry of Alpine, and Thomas (Libby) of Alpine, 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Danny and his son Donald. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes will be buried in a private graveside service. A Memorial Celebration of his life, and a time to kick tires and share stories, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the .

Published in U-T San Diego on Dec. 2, 2012
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