Richard Michael Buckley of Monroe, CT passed away at the age of 69 on October 16 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, CT after a year's long battle with cancer.
Rick will always be remembered as a loving, kindhearted, funny, generous husband, father, brother, friend and grandfather by all that knew him.
Born March 16, 1952 in Cohoes, NY to the late James J. & Catherine A (Diamond) Buckley. Survived by his wife of over 47 years Bev (Wright) Buckley and three sons Sean (Nicole) Buckley, Patrick (Jennifer) Buckley, and Garrett (Kimberly) Buckley. Eight grandchildren - Rebecca & Seamus Buckley; Connor, Adelyn, Declan, & Bennett Buckley; Charlotte & Jackson Buckley. He is also survived by his siblings Marge (Win) Wyckoff, Catherine (Bill) Banks, James J (Melody) Buckley, William (Helen) Buckley, & Maureen Buckley and many nieces & nephews.
He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Junior Seminary in Lenox, MA for two years before transferring to and graduating from St. Joseph's High School in Pittsfield, MA where he met and later married his high school sweetheart. He was enrolled in UMASS Amherst before being recruited into the U.S. Marine Corps through a two-year college enlistment program. He served the USMC from February 1972 to February 1974, during which he graduated #1 in his class out of boot camp. He achieved rank as a Corporal of Marines.
Rick earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UMASS Amherst in 1977 before entering the Financial Management Program at GE Capital Corporation. Over a career that spanned 35 years he closed deals across North America, Europe, and South & Central America. He earned numerous accolades and awards throughout.
Nine years ago, Rick traded in his GE Badge and VP of Finance title to enjoy all that retirement had to offer. He was able to spend time catching his favorite New England games as well as spending as much time as possible with his family at the beach and fulfilling his proudest role of Grandpa. Rick was an avid Ancestry researcher and enjoyed finding the physical connections to those locations through travel afterwards. He was also a published author of "Stampin' on Christmas" in the Yule Log: The Official Journal of the Christmas Philatelic Club, Volumes 1 and 2 (which he completed while undergoing treatment).
Services were held on October 25 at Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, Monroe, CT on October 26 followed by a burial in CT State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation in Salt Lake City, UT and the Church of the Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry in Bridgeport, CT.
Published by The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 28, 2021.