Francis "Roy" Buchanan

June 6, 1926September 28, 2019

Francis R. Buchanan, “Roy,” age 93, of Fall River, passed away, Saturday, September 28, 2019 in the Crawford Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of the late Helena Rose (Grant) Buchanan.

Born in Cohoes, NY, a son of the late Claude C. and Ida-May (Bouleris) Buchanan, he has been a long-time resident of Fall River.

A World War II Veteran of the United States Army, he was an Army Ranger that served with the 30th Infantry Division as a Machine Gun Squad Leader. He trained at Camp May in New Jersey for the Unites States Coast Guard and served on the “Lagare” a Coast Guard cutter.

He was the proud recipient of the Riffle Marksman Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the European Theatre Medal with two stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army Occupational Medal, the Bronze Star and the Presidential Citation Medal. Francis was a Scout Master for Troop 219, St. Patrick’s Church, a former member of VFW Post 486 and a former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 295. At the age of 87, he took his first plane ride aboard the Honor Flight, when he landed in Washington D.C. he toured the area and met many dignitaries including Colin Powell.

A hard worker, he worked in various trades throughout his career. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed taking walks in the woods, nature, camping, hunting and fishing. He loved western movies, country music, reading, playing bingo, socializing and most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by six children, Ida-May Pierce and her fiancé Stan Sawicki of New Bedford, Mike Buchanan and his wife Gerry of Somerset, Donna Pacheco and her husband Danny of Riverview, FL, Margaret Flynn and her husband Frank of Dartmouth, Daniel Buchanan and his wife Laura of NC and Irene Rodrigues and her husband Wayne of Fall River; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Irene Audet, Ida-May, Clarence, William, Gerald and Raymond Buchanan.

His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 10:00AM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter Street, Fall River. Visiting hours Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00PM. Relatives and friends invited. Contributions in his honor may be made to Honor Flight New England, 193 Londonderry Turnpike, Unit 4, Hooksett, NH 03146. Burial private.


  • Honor Flight New England



  • Visitation Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 3, 2019


  • Burial Private


Francis "Roy" Buchanan

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Irene Rodrigues

October 3, 2019

I will miss you each and every day. I love you with my heart. I know that you are also in a better place and are in comfort. I will miss your smile, I will miss your laugh, I will miss your love and your hugs. I will miss you calling for Wayne to but you KFC. I know you will be sending blessings and love and smiling down on Cooper watching over him. I will always remember the memories of camping, swimming, cooking hotdogs and potatoes, hiking, and family cook outs. I love spending time with my family making memories that you instilled in me to share with them. Thank you for the memories and the best times of my life. Thank you for your service sir. Rest In Peace Daddy. Love you with all my heart. 💜💜💜💜🎖🎖🎖🎖🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Kevin Alves

October 2, 2019

My deepest Condolences to the family.

Saint Michael the patron saint of paratroopers hear me. A soldier has passed. His watch has ended . He was a soldier and a hero not just to me but to all who came to know him. A beloved Husband, father , grandfather, great grandfather. He was my friend . He shared with me his experiences from his childhood to the horrors of war and joys of being a father, grandfather,and great grandfather . He shared much with me including many laughs . He is sadly missed. Saint Michael lead him to the peace he deserves and watch over him as he has done for so many .

Rest In Peace my friend

Melanie Pierce

September 30, 2019

You are truly shining bright. Your journey in life, your love, your wisdom, your service to our country, all your love to us, your granchildren, great grandchildren, your own children, their significant others and Nana have shown through so much throughout my life and yours. You are at peace. Walking with Nana in a beautiful place in eternal happiness..I will miss you will live on in my memory and my heart..Walk The Line're FREE!

Karen Ferreira

September 30, 2019

Our sincere sympathy to Ida, Mike, Margie, Donna, Danny, Irene and their families. May you all find peace in your heart and always have happy memories of your deceased loved one. I know Uncle Roy always mentioned he was close to my Dad (his brother, Raymond) because they were very close in age. He shared stories of their childhood and our families even shared Sunday picnics together. May you find comfort knowing that he is once again with your mom and maybe having Sunday picnics on the water once again 🚣‍♀️.

Love and with sympathy,
Karen & Ronald Ferreira

Manny & Ellie Leite

September 30, 2019

Dear Dan, Donna & Extended Family Members: We send our deepest condolences in the passing of your beloved Mr. Buchanan. Our prayers, love, thoughts and hugs are with each of you. May you feel God's loving embrace at this sad time of loss. God bless you all. Manny & Ellie Leite

annmarie roderiques

September 30, 2019

David and i would like to send our condolences to the Buchanan and L'Etoile's families on the loss of their grandfather.We are sending prayers and love to all of you at this time

Jennifer Alves

September 30, 2019

You brought so much love, life, and laughter to all those who knew you! You taught me so much, how to walk, ride a bike, drive a car. But most of all you taught me love and respect. I could always count on you to be there when I needed you most! I love you Grampa, you forever will hold a special place in my heart! Spread your wings and fly and as Nana always told me “ Never say goodbye, say See you later” Until then rest peacefully. I love you 💙

Cindy & Ghis Ruel

September 30, 2019

Irene and family,

Ghis and I were very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Dad. Please know we are here for you all at this difficult time. We extend our deepest sympathy.
Love, Cindy & Ghis