WORCESTER-David C. Buckley passed away on Sunday, June 24th in Worcester after a brief illness. He was born August 13, 1923, the son of John Thomas Buckley and Jane Frances Courtney and graduated from South High School in 1941. He attended Marine Engineers Training in Norwich, Connecticut until he was called for Military service in December of 1942. He trained at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and served with the 75th Combat Infantry Division in Holland, Belgium and France and was wounded in action in January of 1945 in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He was later reassigned to the Military Government in Germany until January of 1946. He returned to the US and enrolled at Cornell University School of Engineering in Ithaca, New York.
He was employed by the City of Worcester Bureau of Engineering and the Massachusetts State Highway Engineering Department. He was Principal Engineer, Manager and Executive Vice President of the R.H. White Construction Company of Auburn, Massachusetts until his retirement in 2001.
Mr. Buckley served as President of Goddard/Homestead for 30 years and remained active as a board member. Mr. Buckley was an enthusiastic mountain climber, a skier and traveled extensively in Europe and North America. He was affiliated with the Auburn Rotary Club, the American Legion, 75th Infantry Association, Appalachian Mountain Club, Worcester Art Museum, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Worcester Institute for Senior Education and New England Waterworks Association.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores Leduc Buckley, three children and four grandchildren; Mark K. Buckley of Kodiak, AK, an advocate of Fresh Atlantic and Pacific Salmon “Digital Observer Project who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. Degree at the University of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Frances M. Buckley of Orleans, Ontario Canada, a Professor at University of Ottawa, and her two children, Alex P. and Emma C. Buckley-Monaghan, Stephen C. Buckley of Winthrop, Massachusetts, Associate Director of Systems Engineering at MIT, and his two children David J. and Michael G. Buckley. He is also survived by his brother Paul H. Buckley of Hamilton, Massachusetts. His siblings Gertrude, Philip, Raymond, John, Joseph, Mary and Robert predeceased him.
The funeral will be held on Friday, June 29 from CALLAHAN & FAY BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 61 Myrtle Street, with a Mass at 10:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament Church, 555 Pleasant Street, Worcester. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date. Visiting hours are Thursday, June 28 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Way of Central Mass.484 Main St. Worcester, Mass, 01608. For directions and online condolence book please visit www.callahanfay.com