Smith-McCracken Funeral Home

63 High St., Newton, NJ


Vincent Buchinsky

August 23, 1949April 6, 2020

We are sad to announce the passing of Vincent Buchinsky Jr., aged 70, at Newton Medical Center, on April 6, 2020 from complications from COVID-19. He was the devoted dad of daughter Brettlyn Veronica Roberts (John Roberts) of Hackettstown, and son Kyle Vincent Buchinsky of Newton, and dear brother of Patricia McIlvaine (Buchinsky) of Pownal, ME. He so loved his grandson Bram and granddaughter Rosalie, children of Brettlyn and John. They always made him smile, as did the weekly game nights he shared with his son Kyle. He will be missed by his cousins John, Barbara, Judith and Audrey, all in Australia, and Casey of New Jersey, and many dear friends, especially Denise Cocchiaro Cohen, with whom he spent many hours sharing their common love of art. He is also survived by Kimberly Fleming (Partl), former wife and mother of Brettlyn and Kyle. He was predeceased by his parents Vincent and Veronica (Alseika) Buchinsky.

His silly humor, dedication to his family, and caring and easygoing nature will be sorely missed by family and friends. The world has lost a very talented, award winning, abstract artist. He graduated from Pratt University in 1976 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and Montclair State College, in 1983, with a Master in Arts. He generously shared his love for art with hundreds of others through his 30-year career as an art teacher at Harrison High School, adjunct professor at Sussex County College and most recently in classes he gave to other art-loving seniors. His artwork has been displayed at numerous galleries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California and in Boston. The source of his creative inspiration came from, in his own words, “I use the turbulence of life……love, joy, happiness, forgiveness, redemption, birth and death…things that we all share.”

A private Celebration of Life will be held in the future. May he rest in peace, surrounded by the love of those he touched; may his memory never be forgotten and his artwork continue to inspire others.

In lieu of flowers, add your memories or condolences to the family through the Smith-McCracken website, www.smith-mccrackenfuneralhome.com, and please call a relative, friend or neighbor who may be feeling isolated during this scary time, and tell them how important they are to you. Please consider making a donation to the Newton Medical Center’s fight against COVID-19 ... in honor of Vincent.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.


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Ed & Patty Doyle

May 4, 2020

My wife, Patty, and I are so saddened to learn of the passing of Vincent. I had taught with Vin at Harrison High School. He was an amazingly talented artist, a dynamic teacher and such a fine person — a true ‘class act’. We shared many happy moments and collaborated on numerous projects between the Art and English Departments. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Vincent’s family. May our Heavenly Father bless you all.

Sandy Gale

April 24, 2020

Dear Kyle and Brettlyn and all near and dear,
I just read of Vin's passing and I am heartbroken.
Your Dad was so kind and funny and talented.
He and I had not been in touch for some time, and I am so angry about that.
I miss him and all the fun times we had. He helped me when I had cancer back in 2010. He was the ultimate "care giver."
I have no other words other than that I share in your grief.
Deepest Sympathy,

Jorge Santos

April 21, 2020

Mr Buchinsky was my teacher for Computer Graphics class at Harrison High. He was a great artist and teacher. In only one year he made a great impact. After I moved to the Newton area I discovered he lived here also while I was working at the post office. I never visited out of fear he would not have remembered me. I know I can say wholeheartedly that all of his students will remember him and miss him.

Patricia Gorski-Deosaran

April 16, 2020

I had him as an Art teacher in high school, when he just started teaching, he was quiet, reserved and so nice. I loved his class, it truly was my favorite throughout high school. I still use many techniques that he showed me.. he will be missed. My deepest regrets to his family.

Valerie Gogol

April 16, 2020

Mr, Butch, You don’t know how much you stood out for someone who didn’t try to stand out. Thank you for being you. A kind and gentle soul. May you rest in a paradise where the colors never run dry. Sincere condolences to your loved ones.

Jack Thompson

April 16, 2020

I am very sad in hearing of the passing of Mr. "Butch". I am a 1984 graduate of Harrison High School and I can say for 100% certainty, he was LOVED and respected by all. I dont think I ever saw him mad or upset. His classes were always fun and that was because he made it that way for us.
My sincerest condolences and sympathies go out to Mr Butchinsky's entire family at this difficult time. May God bless you and keep you close Mr. "Butch". Rest easy.

Jack Thompson
Class of 1984

Isabella Perim Luniewski

April 14, 2020

Mr. Buchinsky was one of my high school teachers, he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.
-Isabella P.L.

Julie Thompson-Dobkin

April 13, 2020

I have had the immense pleasure of working with Vincent since 2012 with Hidden Truths Project: The Art of Epilepsy. He has been an incredible tour de force and inspiration to continue this work. Though his unending generosity and creative spirit, HTP has included Vincent's art in three permanent art installations in imaging centers in southern California, as well as his work adorns many walls throughout the nation from his participation in our annual national exhibition.

He will be sorrowfully missed. My heart goes out to his children and grandchildren, whom I knew he love dearly!

Carlos Figueiredo

April 13, 2020

You should know the pivotal part Vincent Buchinsky played in our lives. I am not an artist today without his support, guidance and passion. Art class was freedom with Mr Buchinsky. He gave us a world we didn't know existed. Introducing to other worlds that we felt we could be a part of. It was such a pleasure knowing him. Being taught by him and watching him create. An inspiration to so many artists from that small little town. My deepest condolences to the Mr Buch's children. Just know that his canvas were students, and he painted each one masterfully.

Marilia Camara Mariscal

April 13, 2020

Mr. Buchinsky was my art teacher at Harrison High. His class inspired me to pursue and career in art and design. He guided me through the process of applying to art school and thirty plus years later, I am still at it. I also remember him telling me that as a designer, I could one day work at home if I ever had children. At 18, I had no idea what he was talking about. Hey, Mr Butch you were right! I have my own business and a beautiful son. Rest in peace. Your grateful student, Lia


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