William F. Hatchett

Verona, New Jersey


Verona resident William F. "Bucky" Hatchett, considered one of the best Essex County high school athletes of the 20th Century, died on Oct. 14 at the age of 84. Originally from Montclair, Hatchett was a star on the Verona High School football, basketball, and track teams as a youth - earning him...

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I haven't seen Mr. Hatchett since I last worked as his secretary at RCA 38 years ago. Conversations with him encouraged me to continue my education and become a teacher. I am now retired. Thank You Mr. Hatchett.

I met Bucky in 1962 when I was a fifteen year old camper and he was the head counselor at Camp Cayuga. A tall, solid man with an engaging smile, he was inspirational. Fifty years have passed, but I recently recounted a story about him to my wife. The world lost a remarkable human being.

My father who has since passed away introduced me to Bucky when he worked at RCA. My Dad indicated that Bucky was one of the best athletes he had ever seen play but was also one of the kindest and nicest people he ever had the privledge to know. I only had one meeting with Bucky and my Dad but it stands out after so many years. RIP Bucky and your legacy lives on forever.

It was my pleasure to know Bucky while at Rutgers. We usually sat next to each other in classes (Alphabetical seating) and were "next door" roomates in Leupp Hall. The last time I saw Bucky was at
Princeton University for the NJSIAA Meet of Champions and as the
starter I called a false start against one of his daughters,. Rest in Peace Bucky. Walter "Moe" Gasior, Carteret, NJ, Rutgers, Class of 1951

Bucky was my gym teacher at HB Whitehorne Jr. High in Verona, NJ. His door was always open. He was a mentor, role model, hero. May he Rest In Peace.

How I remember going to the high school football games to watch Bucky play
Alma Korte Watson

Bucky Hatchet was one of my very first all time Life's Heros. He is resting in Peace....