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John A. Buckley - Melbourne - John A. Buck ley, 75, entered into heaven to be with his Lord on Thursday, February 19, 2009. He moved on peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather who touched the hearts of everyone he knew. John knew how much we all loved him and how much he will be missed. John was born October 21, 1933, in Detroit, MI, and moved to Melbourne in 1961. He received a Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of Detroit and a Professional Designation in Contract Management from Florida Institute of Technology. He was employed with Chrysler Corporation from 1956-1963 and retired from NASA after 30 years of service in 1994. He was a member of Ascension Catholic Church since 1961. He belonged to the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus Third and Fourth Degree, Ancient Order of Hibernians and Melbourne Elks #1744. He was a City Councilman from 1986-996 and Mayor of Melbourne from 1996-2004. He was also involved with Daily Bread, Honor America, Melbourne Airport Authority, along with numerous committees and councils while he was with the City of Melbourne. He was very proud of his City and loved representing it. The Buckley family would like to extend their appreciation to the many care givers of Vitas Hos pice Care. We also appreciate the thoughts and prayers of all of our friends. Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Helen E. Buckley; sons, Brian (Helen) and Patrick; daughters, Patricia Bachman, Coleen Buckley, Denise (Mike) Mayhew and Diane Buckley; and seven grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. with a vigil at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2009 at Ascension Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at Ascension Catholic Church. Burial will be at Florida Memorial Gardens following the funeral. Please view the online guest book at www.mem.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ascension Catholic Church or Vitas Hospice, 4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd Suite 280, Melbourne, FL 32934. Arrangements are under the direction of Florida Memorial Gardens, Rockledge.

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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Feb. 22, 2009
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