Thomas Patrick Buckley

Charlottesville, Virginia


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Thomas Patrick Buckley

Thomas Patrick Buckley, 53, beloved husband, father and brother, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Born July 15, 1956, in Brooklyn, New York, he was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret Buckley; and his brother, Kevin.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Nita Reigle; and their two daughters, Gwen and Ellen Buckley; his sister, Patty, and her daughter, Dorothy; his sister, Kathleen and her partner, Laura Tocci-Klint, and their son, Isaiah; his sister-in-law, Connie Stenger and her husband, Fred; and his mother-in-law, Faith Reigle.

He also will be remembered and greatly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins and a large group of friends and co-workers.

Tom grew up in Queens, New York, and graduated from Adelphi University with a bachelor's degree in nursing. He moved to Charlottesville in 1981 and completed a master's degree in nursing at the University of Virginia. Tom was a nurse at the University of Virginia Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for more than 20 years, during which time he touched the lives of many infants and families. He served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Certification Committee from 1990 until 2000. Although, for the last eight years, he enjoyed his position in Quality Improvement at the University of Virginia Medical Center, he missed holding the babies.

What he loved most was being an extraordinary father to Gwen and Ellen and a devoted husband to Nita. He was so proud of his daughters' academic and athletic achievements and was their number one fan. He was the most loving, compassionate, and even-tempered husband one could imagine.

The family appreciates the support of friends and family at this very sad time.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held at St. Paul's Memorial Church, 1700 University Avenue, 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom's memory can be made to the University of Virginia Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, P.O. Box 800773, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0773.

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.

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I just heard about Tom's death and wanted to let you know how sad I am and to let you know that even though our paths only crossed for a few years we never forgot him.
Brad and I worked with Tom in the NICU at UVA 24 years ago. He was a wonderful mentor to me and led me to love NICU nursing. Brad was a resident and was always happy when Tom was around when he was on call! Tom was one of those special people whose kindness and caring will continue to spread through the lives he touched.

I just belatedly heard of Tom's passing. I am so distraught, as I know you are. Tom and I started together at UVA in 1980, one of my first friends in Charlottesville when we both arrived in 1980. He was NICU -I was pediatrics and later newborn nursery. To this day. the name 'Buckocello" brings a smile to my and my husband Seth's face. I am sooooo sorry for your loss. Please try to take comfort in knowing that Tom was a great man, friend and nurse, and I am sure a great...

It is with such a heavy heart and sadness that I write to you concerning Tom's passing. I just found out from my sister and I had to find a way to say how sad I am.
I consider Tom to be one of the best friends I had growing up in Queens. A truly great and loving soul. We shared a lot of adventures together. It was an honor to have known him and I want to wish you and the girls all the best as you try to recover from such a loss.

I met Tom when I came to America 30 years ago. I was very poor and I came with a little money from Morocco. He opened his apartment for me. His roommate at that time was Martin Mc Dermott. Tom helped me stay in his apartment for more than a month and he helped me find a job and find me an apartment to move in in queens. He helped me put my feet on the ground and now I am a college professor in California. Without his help I wouldn't be where I am now. Tom is a prophet to me.

Dear Anita and Family,
We were so saddened to hear about Tom's passing. He was one of my first mentors in the world of nursing and I think of my early days in the NICU with a smile when I think about Tom. Our lives mirrored one another when we both met our spouses around the same time, and we would kid each other about who was luckier. Tom will always be thought of as a bright memory in my life and someone who taught me to love my profession. Thinking of you all and sending our love.

Everyone here at NCC was most saddened to learn of Tom's sudden death. He made great contributions to the work of NCC and he will be remembered fondly not only for his great work but his humor. He was a great person to work with. He talked with great love about you and his daughters all the time. Please know that he will be greatly missed and we are so sorry for your loss.

Nita, Gwen and Ellen,

Our deepest sympathy to you. Tom was a wonderful example of a loving husband and father. He loved you all dearly and I can't imagine your grief at this time. I hope it helps to know that we all thought the world of Tom and he will be missed by many. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Ellen and Gwen,
I won't forget your father's continuous attitude of joy and support when you were on the cross-country team. His love for you and your teammates was overflowing. Please accept my dearest condolences.

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