Gene M. Buckno
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In the late afternoon of April 14, 2021, THE Gene Michael Buckno died. As founding partner of Grey, Buckno and Senior Partner emeritus of Buckno, Lisicky & Co., CPA's, he served his clients for over 50 years. His talent and expertise garnered him the compliment, "He was a CPA's CPA" from a professional associate.

Born in Allentown, the son of Michael and Mary Buckno was an alumnus of Bethlehem High School and Rutgers University where he was a brother in Delta Kappa Epsilon and an outstanding lacrosse and football player.

Just out of college in 1961, Gene joined Campbell and Grey, CPA's, married Marcia Kraynick in 1964, and sired two children, Michael Joseph and Andrea Kay. He enjoyed following sports (particularly the NY Yankees, Rutgers and other college teams), hunting, playing tennis and working local high school football games as a PIAA sanctioned official. Gene attended Mass at the Cathedral of St. Catherine, served on the board of the Salvation Army, was a consistent blood donor, accomplished dart thrower, a member of the West End Kiwanis and the Navy League, a below average golfer, an energetic tennis player, a Mason 32nd degree and a lover of the sun whether on his patio or a Caribbean island.

He was truly a "man's man" and a "woman's man", He never lost his temper, nor berated anyone; he had that uncanny knack of never revealing his judgment of others. But if he liked you, you knew it.

He always believed it was one's responsibility to "give back." Thus, he served his profession when selected to be the 1st President of the PA Institute of CPA's not representing a "Big Eight" firm. He started his participation by serving on the State Ethics Board, chairing the State Board of Accountancy, sitting on the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley and climbing the ladder of elected offices to be President of the local chapter. Two years on the Board of the American Institute of CPA's provided the opportunity to work and serve with fellow CPA's from across the nation.

Gene's ashes will be cast on the waves of the sea off Anguilla, an island he loved.



Nuff said, Gene's Dead!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to either Allentown charity, The Rescue Mission or The Salvation Army. Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus is handling arrangements.

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Published in Morning Call on Apr. 18, 2021.
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May 3, 2021
Marcia, please accept my sympathy. It's been many years since we shared an office at Kutztown, and I've had my taxes done at B-L since then, and it was only in filing them that I discovered this. Take care of yourself.
Charles Agvent
Acquaintance
May 1, 2021
Gene always had a smile even during our phone conversations. We will miss professionalism and his servants heart.

Marcia our hearts and prayers are with you.

Dave Bahnick
Dave Bahnick
Friend
April 21, 2021
Gene was a gentleman, always had a kind word and could laugh easily at a bad joke..I’ll miss his warm smile.
Karen Norton
Friend
April 21, 2021
One of the kindest, funniest, most brilliant and just all around wonderful people I ever had the pleasure and privilege of working with. RIP Gene, you will always be remembered fondly.
Anita Hertzog
Coworker
April 21, 2021
Rest in Peace, Gene.
Mary Schadler
Friend
April 20, 2021
Marcia
Condolences to you and your family.
Pam Smith
Pam smith-nappo
Friend
April 20, 2021
Always was great to say hi and chat when visiting the BLCO offices as a kid and beyond. Rest easy Mr. Buckno; one of the greatest. Sending love to your family.
Peter Lisicky
Friend
April 20, 2021
My sincere sympaties to Marcia and her family on the passing of Gene. I knew Gene for many years as a local businessman and was always impressed with his integrity, calm demeanor, and positive attitude. His leadership and and the lives he touched will be missed by many. He was a true Gentleman. May he rest in Peace. Doug Patt, Friend
Doug Patt
Friend
April 19, 2021
I remember Gene as the consummate hard-working professional and a super CPA. He was very helpful to me in the early 1990s when I was a young(er) professional and getting Agili off the ground. I will always be grateful to him for his encouragement.
Michael Joyce, CFA
Acquaintance
April 19, 2021
Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to Marcia, Michael and Andrea. Gene was a credit to his profession and community. He will be truly missed. May he Rest in Peace.

Ron and Mary Rogozinski
Ron Rogozinski
Friend
April 19, 2021
Marcia, Michael and Andrea, I am so saddened by the news of Gene. Without a doubt he was one of the greatest!! A kind, humble unpretentious human being. So many fond memories of family gatherings at the farm. He will be missed. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Jane Sikorski Roche
Family
April 18, 2021
A true gentleman to all he met. Totally trustworthy and a guiding light to may. he will be missed.
Sylvianne Prorok
Sylvianne Prorok
Friend
April 18, 2021
I called on Buckno Lisicky for many years as a sales rep, and whenever I was at the firm and met with Gene he was always so nice and down to earth that you'd never guess he was the "big boss". Definitely
one of the nicest customers I ever dealt with! Condolences to Gene's family, friends and coworkers.
Kevin Corr
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
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April 18, 2021
Gene was the epitome of a class act.
Sharon Pratt
Coworker
April 18, 2021
Our deepest sympathies are with you. I will always remember him.
He was the God father of my daughters.
Nicholas Demyan
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
I had the pleasure of knowing Gene for almost 20 years as a commercial banker. He was an excellent CPA, a fine man and a true class act. I had the honor of sponsoring him when he joined LCC. The first time we played golf, before he joined, he had to borrow some clubs so he could play. He still beat me, he was a natural athlete. Gene was a credit to his family, his industry and his community.
Matthew Thomas
Friend
April 18, 2021
Marcia and family,
Gene was a great person and mentor. Like many others I had the honor working with Gene while a student at Muhlenberg College on numerous audit engagements when he was a partner at Campbell & Grey. Through his encouragement I pursued a career in public accounting and later in private industry. Like Gene, I shared my accounting knowledge any experiences as an adjunct professor and visiting lecturer at Muhlenberg and Lehigh University after retiring. I remain forever grateful to this wonderful man. Rest in peace.
Larry McCabe
Friend
April 18, 2021
Donna and I offer the Marcia and the Buckno family our condolences on the loss of Gene. He was truly a great man.

I worked with Gene for ten years beginning as a Drexel intern from ‘74 through 78 and then full time until 1984. Professionally, he was truly an inspiration to me. I used what I learned from Gene throughout my own 43 year CPA career. His ethics were without peer.

I once told him that he was the “Pete Rose” of accounting. When most walked to first base, he ran. He seemed to like that reference.

The profession and the Lehigh Valley lost a great one.

Thom Shedlock
Thom Shedlock
Coworker
April 18, 2021
Gene was a good man. Always smiling. A man you respected. It was a pleasure to know and do business with him.
Michael B. Bocich
Friend
April 18, 2021
I am sad to hear of Gene’s passing. I got to know him at the gym a few years ago. 5:30 AM work outs and he was always smiling and so kind to me. He was a man of great man and always greeted me with a warm hello. I felt it was an honor to get to know him. He was a true gift from God. My sympathies to his family and all who were blessed to know him. Thank you for being such a kind soul and always remembering my name. Rest In Peace ❤

Tami Wassum
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
Dear Marcia, Michael, and Andrea,
Please accept my and my family’s most sincere condolences on your loss of an extraordinary person and professional. Gene led by example in all that he did. He was an exemplary CPA, professional, mentor, communicator, and community activist. How fortunate I was during my employment at Buckno Lisicky to learn from him and witness his work ethic, his integrity, and the client service he provided, not to mention his stellar sense of humor.
Thinking of all of you fondly and celebrating the life of a man who helped so many.
Judith A. Harris
Friend
April 18, 2021
Our sympathy is being sent to Marsha and family. May the many fond memories you have of Gene sustain you forever. We certainly have many great memories of a real first class gentleman.
Anne and Ed Davis
Friend
April 18, 2021
ONE OF THE FINEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE TO KNOW. GENE HELPED ME WHEN I STARTED MY BUSINESS IN 1977. OVER THE YEARS HE ALWAYS ASKED ABOUT MY FAMILY AND HOW I WAS DOING. GENE AND MARSHA WERE ALWAYS VERY GOOD TO MY FAMILY AND I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL TO THEM. GENE,THANK YOU, A JOB AND A LIFE WELL DONE!!
PHILIP GINDER
Friend
April 18, 2021
I delivered papers to Grey Buckno as a child and worked for Buckno Lisicky after graduating College. Gene was the ultimate accountant and a man of uncompromising integrity. Rest in peace Gene.
Neil Boyle
Coworker
April 18, 2021
Marcia, Michael, and Andrea,
Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved Gene. He was a wonderful person and it was always a pleasure to be in his presence. You were the best of neighbors.
May God Rest His Soul and may his memory be Eternal.
Joe & Randy Hanna
Neighbor
April 18, 2021
Dear Marcia, Michael, and Andrea,
Please accept my and my family’s most sincere condolences on your loss of Gene. Both professionally and personally, Gene’s attributes were of the highest order. His admirable work ethic, and his ability to lead, to understand people, and to communicate complex matters distinguished him in his profession. I am grateful to have learned much from Gene while employed by Buckno Lisicky. It was also a pleasure to see him at community events in the years thereafter to catch up on your family and the firm.
Thinking of each of you and remembering an extraordinary person and professional who touched my life.
Judith Harris, Esq.
Friend
April 17, 2021
Sincere condolences to Gene's family. He was a great man and I got to know him through football officiating. May he rest in peace.
Jack Evans
Friend
April 17, 2021
I've been friends with Gene since 9th Grade where we played football together . From there we played together through High school ,,our most meaningful moments were we beat Allentown High two consecutive years at the annual Turkey Day Rivalry , the only time in over 30 some years of competition that occurred . Since those days we have never stopped being buddies , close friends. I'll forever miss you Gene. May God give me a chance to see you again. Andy Mihalow
Andy Mihalow
Friend
April 17, 2021
I worked with Gene from 1970 to 1984, He gave me so much in showing me I had more talent in the Business then I would of ever known. He gave me so much courage to believe in myself. A very gracious man has left us, I will remember all the laughs we had at the firm. May he rest in peace. Prayers for his family. Jean Mohr
Gary and Jean Mohr
Coworker
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