Obituary: Gary F. Buckingham, Sr., 87, New Bremen
Published: March 16, 2023
By: Provided by Lundy Funeral Home
<![if !vml]><![endif]>Gary F.
Buckingham, Sr., 87, of New Bremen, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 in Syracuse, NY. Born on January 5, 1936, he was
the second of three siblings of the late Leroy and Dolores Buckingham and
lived his early years with the family at Soft Maple, Kirschnerville,
and Croghan. Gary graduated from Father Leo Memorial Catholic School,
Croghan, in 1953 and the New York State Ranger School, Wanakena
On September 10,
1955, he married Beverly J. Duflo, Lowville, and
worked as a Nursery Foremen with NYSDEC until 1960, when he and his family
moved to Harrisville where Gary worked as a Forest Ranger until 1965. That
same year, he went into self-employment by purchasing the R&S Market,
Depot Street, which was renamed the G&B Market, Harrisville IGA, and
finally Harrisville Big M throughout 24 years of ownership.
In 1969, Gary was
elected as the District 1 representative to the
Lewis County Board of Legislators and served until 1989. At differing times
throughout his political career, he served as Chairman of various Board
committees, including Tax Mapping, Highway, and Solid Waste. He also
represented the Board at various intervals on regional or statewide Boards
or associations, including Chairman of the Regional Planning Board,
Chairman of the Regional Forest Practice Board, and President of the New
York State Supervisors and County Legislator's Association.
In 1989, with
recycling programs emerging as a priority by the state government, he was
appointed as Lewis County's first Solid Waste Coordinator and was
responsible for developing the Lewis County Solid Waste and Recycling
Program. In 1990 he was appointed as Deputy County Highway Superintendent,
then Highway Superintendent/Solid Waste coordinator upon the retirement of
Robert Archer. In 1997, Gary retired from county service due to unforeseen
medical issues. Throughout his retirement, he and his wife, Beverly,
traveled throughout the United States before settling in central Florida on
a seasonal basis, while spending summers at their New Bremen home. From
2011 thereafter, the couple resided in New Bremen year-round.
Gary is survived
by his wife, Beverly (Duflo), four children, Deb,
Gary Jr. (“Goby”), Kelly, and Kevin, and several grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by one son, Marty, who passed away
in 2020. Gary is also survived by his brother, Bernard (“Oogie”), and
several extended family relatives.
No calling hours
are planned, with a celebration of life service to be held at the family’s
convenience. Burial will be held privately by his family.
with the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc., located at 500
State Street in Carthage, NY 13619.
To leave a
message of sympathy for Mr. Buckingham’s family please visit www.lundyfuneralhome.com and
sign the tribute wall.
Gary's name may be made to Lewis County Search and Rescue or the New Breman Fire Department.
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