Donald Raphael Bucko

March 25, 1924October 18, 2014

Donald Raphael Bucko, 90, of Danbury, died peacefully on Saturday October 18th 2014 in Newtown. Don was the loving husband of the predeceased Dolorita Ethna McCarthy.

He is survived by his two children, Nora and Daniel, and two grandchildren, Danielle and Darren, and his best friend Louise Klecha.

Donald was born in South Windham, Ct. on March 25, 1924 to Elizabeth and Michael Bucko. He was the youngest of 16 siblings, all whom have passed away.

As a young man Don was an excellent skater and hockey player and also trapped and fished. He attended Henry Abbott Technical School in Danbury. Donald served his Country in WW II in the 3rd Engineering Division following George Patton through France and Germany. Later in the war he served in the Philippines and Japan. He was an accomplished machinist and toolmaker for Amphenol in Danbury for many years and retired after 30 years of service.

He was an avid fisherman and golfer, known for his 6-hole-in-ones at Richter Memorial Golf Course in Danbury.

Don was a true soldier in health and sickness. He will be truly missed by his family, many friends and neighbors. Many thanks to all of Donald’s caregivers and the staff at Masonicare of Newtown and Hospice for their compassion, care and devotion to Donald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at: St Gregory the Great Church, 85 Great Plain Rd., Danbury, Ct 06811 on Saturday Oct 25th at 10am. In Lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory can be sent to: Masonicare Home Health and Hospice, 147 Toddy Hill Road, Newtown, Ct 06470 or a charity of your choice. Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St. Danbury, is in charge of arrangements.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, October 25, 2014

Donald Raphael Bucko

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Peter Bucko

November 2, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Even though we've never met I believe I may be Donald's 1st cousin twice removed. I've been doing some family history research and it appears we have a common ancestor in Mihaly (Michael) Markus Buchko Sr. of Kakasfalu (Kokosovce) Slovakia. I had actually written a letter to mail to Donald before discovering his passing. Had I discovered it sooner I would have taken the trip over last weekend for the ceremony. I offer you my condolences and invite you to contact me if you should have any interest in meeting and discussing family history.

Margaret Tomassi-Bessel

October 28, 2014

Dear Nora and Danny,
My deepest sympathy to you both.
I remember Friday nights were card
games with my parents and yours,
lots of laughter. Good memories!
Again thinking of you both

Michael Durkin

October 24, 2014

Dan and Nora, I remember your Father with fond memories of winter skating parties and a camping trip where we swung from a rope into the water. We also have the famous super 8 movie of Dan and Nora emptying a water container in high speed photography - very funny! Your Father will be missed!

Diane Schlehofer

October 23, 2014

Dear Dan & Nora, It has been many years since we have seen each other. I am your Aunt Leona's daughter. I'm so sorry to hear about Uncle Donald. I am so sorry, but I will not be able to make the services. I have cancer and my husband of 40 years just passed away on Aug. 21st.......Love, cousin DeeDee

Rosemarie & Edward McKenzie

October 23, 2014

Dear Nora & Dan,
With sympathy in the loss of your dear father. Hoping you find comfort in the love of family and friends

Ed Lagarto

October 22, 2014

So sorry to hear of Dons passing.

Mary McKenzie - Nimer

October 22, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.