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George Franklin Buckner

1933 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
George Franklin Buckner Obituary
George Franklin Buckner
George Franklin Buckner, age 85, passed away peacefully on the evening of December 24, 2018 at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. He leaves behind his much loved wife of 63 years, Audrey Lou (Rogers) Buckner. In recent years they have resided at Wesley Heights in Shelton, after having raised a family at their home on Christine Drive in Huntington.
George was born in Norwalk, CT on June 13, 1933, the only child of the late Aubrey (Baba) Franklin and Grace (Nana) Hermetet Buckner. He grew up in Nichols and graduated from Harding High School. George then attended The University of Connecticut where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and earned his bachelor's degree in Floriculture in 1955. George continued to enjoy rooting for UCONN basketball teams his entire life. He worked as the manager of Coopers' Greenhouse in Nichols, then later in sales for Vaughan-Jacklin Seed Company before retiring. When not traveling for work, George loved traveling for fun with his family. He was an avid camper. Skiing, sailing, hiking, ham radio, car restoration, square dancing, photography, card games and dominoes were among his many interests. George possessed a rare combination of intelligence and creativity, and the confidence to apply them both. He was never afraid to be different with either his opinions or his purchases, and as a result the Buckner family was often the first (or only) on the block to try things like a microwave oven, a trampoline, a computer with Pong, an RV made from an old hearse, and diesel cars. George loved to watch birds at the feeder and spend time with the family's many cats, especially "Nines" who provided George and Audrey much entertainment in their later years.
George and Audrey's four daughters, Robin Skowronski, Sheri Morrison (Jack), Karen Lee Searles (Rodney) and Wendy Jones (Ed) and their families, including eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, are grateful that he lived such a full and happy life and will miss him very much.
Friends are invited to join us in a celebration of George's life at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on the Huntington Green on January 14 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the College of Agriculture through the UConn Foundation or to an Animal Shelter of your choice.
Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 9, 2019
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