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BUCK _ John Martin December 28, 1925 - January 17, 2009 John Martin Buck of Calgary passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at the age of 83 years. John was an Anglican priest, Civil Engineer, instructor, and backyard mechanic - a true Renaissance man. We delight that, as he would say, he has gone to see Jesus face-to-face. John was born in Ottawa on December 28, 1925 and raised in Verdun, Montreal. John and Laurel lived on the same street and first met in elementary school. John graduated from McGill University with a B.Eng. and later went back to McGill's Montreal Diocesan College to take a Master of Theology (STM). John and Laurel moved to the Gatineau in Quebec for his first, 6-point parish. Eight years in Chateauguay followed, where John led the parish in building St. George's church. In 1965, John and Laurel packed up their four boys and the family dog and drove to Calgary where he became the Associate Priest of the parish of Christ Church. They maintained their roots in Quebec, returning every summer to the family cottage that John built at Little Red Pine Lake. In 1967, John undertook his own centennial project and became an instructor of Math and Physics at SAIT. He taught for twenty-three years, a respected teacher who treated his adult students with compassion and understanding. At the same time, John continued as a worker-priest in a team ministry. John fell in love with western Canada when he travelled to Saskatchewan as a teenager in wartime to help bring in the crops. He shared his love of the land with his family, teaching the boys to ski, boating in the Shuswap and at Waterton, and camping in the eight-man tent all across Canada. John was a man who could fix a dryer with an old nylon stocking while exploring the finer points of New Testament theology or the workings of the internal combustion engine. He had a quick walk, a sharp mind, and a loyal and generous heart. He lives on. John is lovingly remembered by Laurel, his wife of sixty years; sons, Martin (Irene), Jack (Tracy), Stephen (Julia) and Tom (Lisa); and grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua (Michelle, who is expecting his great-grandson), Emily, Katie, John, Laurel and Melanie. Funeral Services will be held at Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 - 8 Street S.W.) on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. Forward condolences through . In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agape Hospice, 1302 - 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 (Telephone: 403-282-6588). In living memory of John Buck, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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Published in Calgary Herald from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2009.
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February 3, 2009
Dear Laurel,

I am very sorry and yet a bit envious to hear of John's going Home. You and John were at my precious mother's (Agnes Wadia) bedside less than a week before her own passing, and I will always be grateful for that. Since then, I have come to faith in Christ myself, and I rejoice that John is now with our Saviour, though I mourn the empty space that must now be occupying your heart. There will always be a special place in my own heart for both of you. God bless you, Laurel.
Juliana Lester (nee Wadia)
January 27, 2009
Our deepest sympathies to the family in memory of a special person.
Leslie and Marla Quinn
January 26, 2009
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
David and Cindy (Quinn) Tanner
January 21, 2009
Dear Laurel & Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one. May God Bless him and your family.
Randy, Stacey & Little Pecks
Randy Peck
January 21, 2009
Dear Laurel and the Bucks,

Please accept our condolences for the loss of our dear friend and good neighbour on Little Red Pine Lake.

God Bless.

John, Angie and the Peck Family
John Peck
January 21, 2009
Dear Laurel and family,

We are so sorry to hear about Rev Buck's passing. He will always have a special place in our heart. Please know that our prayers and love are with you at this sad time. What a special man, thank you Rev Buck for touching our lives - enriching our lives and sharing your life with us.

May God's strength and comfort be with you all.

All our love.
Nancy Peck and Tex Wilson and boys.
Nancy Peck Wilson
January 20, 2009
Dear Laurel, Jack and family,

Please accept my sincere condolences and know that you are in my thoughts.
Jude Williams (Agape)
January 20, 2009
Dear Laurel and the Buck family:

We were so sorry to hear of John's passing and are thinking of you in this difficult time. We remember a wonderful Christmas visit to John and Laurel's home many years ago when we were first introduced to the family. We also well remember enjoying our time with John and rest of the family at the cabin in Quebec several years ago. We appreciated John's stories and good humour. He will be missed dearly.
Gillian Swanson and Darryl Fox
January 20, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Maggie Puttick (McKiernon)
January 20, 2009
Dear Jack,

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I truly admired your Dad and enjoyed working with him when I first started at SAIT in 1988. He always had a smile on his face and made time for his students.
Angela Lucyk
January 20, 2009
Dear Laurel
I flew out of Calgary on that same fateful day. You were to have lunch with Jean who I had asked to give you a big hug from me, since I could not be there. I will always remember John's infectious smile and the way he could engage in conversation on all sorts of topics. I know you will miss him but faith is the healing needed to always remember him and smile. My love to you and your family,

Susan Waters
Susan Waters
January 20, 2009
John was one of my instructors while I was taking pre-careers at SAIT in the mid-eighties. His excellent teaching skills inspired me to continue on and get a B.Sc. in Engineering. My prayers are with the Buck's during this sad time.
Eric Nelson
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