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Buckley, Barbara J.
10/27/1942 - 07/04/2011
- MARBLEHEAD - Barbara J. (King) Buckley, 68, of Marblehead and Beverly Hills, California passed away peacefully at Massachusetts General Hospital with her loving family by her side on July 4, 2011.
Barbara was the devoted and loving wife of Andrew ("Andy") P. Buckley. The two celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in January of this year. In addition to the home they have maintained in Marblehead for 45 years, they have also maintained a winter home in Boca Raton, Florida for 34 years, and their home in Beverly Hills, California for 26 years.
Born October 27, 1942 in Peabody, Massachusetts, Barbara grew up on Wadsworth Street in Danvers. She was the daughter of the late T. Curtis King, a three-term member of the Board of Selectman (Chairman for two years) for the Town of Danvers in the mid-1960s, and the late Mary F. (Henry) King. Barbara was a 1960 graduate of Danvers High School, a member of the baton squad, Homecoming Princess and an avid swimmer. Known in her youth as "Barbie," she met "the love of her life", her husband "Andy" in the summer of 1959 while both were working at Salem Country Club - she as a lifeguard and he as a groundskeeper. Barbara and Andy were crowned King and Queen of the Senior Prom at St. John's Prep . They married in 1962 while they were enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania from which they graduated in 1964.
A savvy and creative woman, Mrs. Buckley launched several business ventures including a boutique doll collection, "The New Girls in Town" and most recently, "The Carolwood Collection," a unique cosmetic line she had developed with her daughter, Bonnie. She actively supported numerous philanthropic and charitable organizations. She was a generous contributor to Stanford University, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The National Kidney Foundation and numerous Catholic charities.
Her zest for travelling and adventurous spirit took her across the world . Maui, St. John and Aruba were her favorites as was her ancestral journey to Ireland.
A devout Catholic, she particularly enjoyed her journey to Rome for the elevation of Cardinal McCarrick at the Vatican, during which she was blessed by Pope John Paul II and took part in the Scavi Tour. Her pilgrimage to Lourdes was immensely enjoyed and described as a "Spiritual Blessing". While she enjoyed the excitement of her travels and the Beverly Hills lifestyle , she always considered the North Shore of Boston "home" and where her heart was .
Known and loved for her charm, contagious smile, tenacious strength, generosity, grace and kindness, she always said her family was her greatest joy and proudest accomplishment. In addition to her beloved husband, Mrs. Buckley is survived by her four devoted children: Fred Buckley of Beverly Hills, California a former star quarterback at Stanford University; Andrew P. Buckley Jr. of Los Angeles, California who is known for playing the role of David Wallace in the NBC show "The Office", Bradford B. Buckley, of Sherman Oaks, California currently a real estate broker in the estate division of Sotheby's International; and Barbara ("Bonnie") J. Buckley Curtis of Sherman Oaks, California former Walt Disney Studios Development Executive.
Mrs. Buckley leaves nine grandchildren: David Buckley, Andrew Buckley III and Sonny Buckley, the sons of Fred and his wife Corinne Buckley; Benny and Xander Banks Buckley, the sons of Andrew Buckley and wife Nancy Banks; Barbara Chloe and Callie Curtis, the daughters of Bonnie and husband Houston Curtis; and Lauren and James Buckley, the daughter and son of Bradford and wife Lori Buckley.
Mrs. Buckley is also survived by her brother and sisters: Thomas C. King Jr. and his wife Janice (Richardson) of Perryville, Maryland and son, Joel; Mrs. Mary Lee (King) and her husband William Ambrose of Danvers and their six children, John, Timothy, Todd, Andrew, Renee and Bill; and Ann Marie (King) Ward of Amesbury, and her three children Amber, Melanie and Justin. In addition, Mrs. Buckley is survived by numerous cousins including her dear cousins John G. King, Esq. of Danvers and Arthur "Arty' Buckley and his wife Tien Truong of Marblehead.
Additionally, Mrs. Buckley is survived by her mother and father-in-law. Dr. and Mrs. Frederick and Marye (Bugler) Buckley of Marblehead and Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Buckley is a retired obstetrician at Salem Hospital. Barbara is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law: Dr. Frederick (Rick) O. Buckley Jr. a bariatric surgeon at Salem Hospital, his wife Pat, and their three children Matthew, Michael, and Sarah; Marye (Buckley) Moran of Rye, New York and her three children John, Mame and Shelia; Shelia (Buckley) Goggin and her husband Dan of Greenwich, Connecticut and their four children Buck, Justine, Jennifer and Bobby; Brian Buckley of Palm Beach, Florida. Mrs. Buckley was predeceased by her brother-in-law Michael K. Buckley.
ARRANGEMENTS: A visitation will be held on Friday, July 15 from 4-8 p.m. at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem, MA. Her funeral mass will be held Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Star of The Sea Church, Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, MA. Interment will be at the Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. A celebration of her life will follow at the Corinthian Yacht Club Saturday. For online guest book or additional information please call 781 631 8885 or visit

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Jul. 11 to Jul. 12, 2011.
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July 25, 2011
Bonnie, Houston and Girls. - So sorry for all of you. Your Mom was a very nice lady and I enjoyed my short talks with her. Stay strong. Let Andy and boys know that we all send our Sympathy. Let us know if there's anything we can do. Love you, Aunt June
July 25, 2011
I am deeply saddened by your loss. I remember meeting your mother for the first time and how sweet that she was. She lives inside of you for sure! She will be that angel that you can call upon now to oversee yours and your children's lives. I pray for peace within your family. I feel very very sorry for your father right now and I can relate to his loss. Call me if you need me!!
Kimberly Marine
July 21, 2011
Bonnie, This absolutely breaks my heart. I wish nothing but peace and comfort to you and your precious family in your time of mourning. May god be with you all. God bless.
"Little" John Spicer
July 20, 2011
Dear Bonnie and family,
There are so many cherished memories..all of which involve your mom's beautiful smile and laugh. She was so much fun to be around, always smelled good :) and had that motherly warmth that stays with you forever. I miss her and I wish we all had much more time to show her how important she was to all of us. We were all so lucky to have had our special moments with her. Just so badly want more. All our love and prayers. xo Leslie, Terry, Maddy and Alexandra Dry
Leslie Dry
July 20, 2011
To the extended Buckley family:
Barbara cast really good ripples throughout her life that will continue to be seen and felt even though life's impermanence injected itself far too early into her journey. All whom she leaves behind were blessed to have been given the gift of crossing paths with her.
Susan O'Connor
July 20, 2011
Dearest Bonnie...What a wonderful person your mom was....I am sure she is smiling down on all her loved ones from above....may the good Lord give you strength to carry on her generous qualities......
Ricky Curtis
July 20, 2011
Dear B. Buckley Curtis,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Much love,
J. Postil Gerber
Jen Gerber
July 20, 2011
This is the ultimate, Bonnie and i am so sorry for your loss!! I met your mom once at the reunion in Bastrop and , WOW , what a pleasure! Only time will help the hurt ( somewhat) and if there is ANYthing i can do, just say it. Much love and prayers to you and yours!!!!!!!! Tonya La France.
Tonya La France
July 19, 2011
Dear Bonnie- I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a gracious and charming woman. Your mother always reminded me a bit of Caroline Kennedy, my mom thought so as well. I am sure she will continue to watch over you and your family as she has always done these many years. Sincerely, with great affection, Karen Gold
Karen Gold
July 19, 2011
Dear Bonnie and Family,
This is a beautiful tribute to your mother. I am so sorry for your loss.
Bronwyn Roberts
July 15, 2011
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to know Mrs. Buckley. She was a class act! She was charming, gracious, generous, and fiesty - I loved her. I love her family, my heart goes out to each of them.
Julie Hoskin
July 15, 2011
Dear Bonnie, I am so sorry about your mom.My thoughts ,love and prayers are with you and your family. xoxooxoxoxoo Julie Ross
July 15, 2011
Bonnie and family: We are deeply saddened to hear of your mom's passing. I know this is a difficult time for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

~~ Del and Adrienne Grissen, Erica's parents
July 15, 2011
Dear Andy and Family,
May the loving memories of your wonderful mother help you through this difficult time. I am thinking of you.
Susan Quigley Collins
July 15, 2011
Andy, Fred, Andy Jr. Bonnie, Brad and all the family of Barbara.
No words can appropriately comfort you in this time of grief just know how all loved and respected Barbara. She is in Heaven sending her love to you.

Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Nolan
July 14, 2011
Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no
one can steal
{Irish Proverb}
Thinking of you all.
janet essember
July 14, 2011
My condolences to the entire family. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Susan Pelletier Ortins (Wadsworth St. neighbor)
July 13, 2011
Barb and I were classmates, Holten High. We saw each other this past September. She was as vital as she ever was and it was the very first time we interacted. My deepest sympathies to all of her family and friends.

Julie Tinkham
Julie Tinkham
July 13, 2011
I only know you from reading the Newspaper. You were a wonderful person and a great mother. But most of all you were a devout Catholic and you are in Heaven. I hope comfort finds your family that your life has not ended,...but changed. May the peace of Christ remain in you and your family now and forever. (A reader of the Herald).
July 12, 2011
To Bonnie, Brad, Andy, Fred, Mr. Buckley and the Buckley family,

We loved Barbara very much and we will miss her. She was a beautiful, gracious lady that always showed us such compassion and love.

All our love,

Erica & Amanda Gill
July 12, 2011
Bonnie and family: I was sincerely sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I remember her fondly from your days at Tower School. Thinking of you all.
Mary Zenda
July 12, 2011
Andy, Brad, Bonnie and Fred and all the Buckley family --

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Thinking of you in this difficult time.

Warmest Regards,

Leah Lail
Leah Lail,
Los Angeles, California
Leah Lail
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