The Reverend Harold Buckley

March 31, 1925May 11, 2019

The Rev. Harold Erwin Buckley passed away peacefully on May 11th at the age of 94.

Father Harold was born in Brooklyn N. Y. on March 31, 1925. He opened his eyes to a mother, Elizabeth and a father, Jeremiah, both immigrants from Co, Kerry, Ireland.

Fr. Harold was the middle child in a family of five, his beloved sister Elizabeth and brothers, Jeremiah, Eugene, and Robert. He became interested in the priesthood as a teenager, went to the prep seminary, cathedral college of the Immaculate Conception in 1942 and was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood in June of 1953. He was assigned to the parish of Holy Family in Hickville until 1959 when he was sent to teach at the St. Pius X Prep Seminary in Uniondale, NY.

In 1970 he went to the college Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston, NY where he taught English literature and drama until 1987 when he took a sabbatical to study sculpture at the National Academy School of Fine Arts in NYC. He has left many beautiful sculptures mostly in Long Island, NY and FL areas. While at college, he directed at number of plays, Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, Andersonville and a number of others.

Fr. Harold used his God given talents through his great loves of poetry, sculpture, and the theater but his first ministry was always to the people he served as a minister of God.

Fr. Harold retired to FL where he continued to serve God at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in the Diocese of Palm Beach.

Fr. Buckley is preceded in death by his mother and father; beloved sister, Elizabeth Lynch; brothers, Jeremiah and Robert Buckley.

He is survived by his brother, Eugene and his wife Anne and sister in-law Margaret Buckley. He is also survived by 20 grand nieces and nephews, and numerous great grandnieces and grandnephews and many loving friends.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Wed, May 22nd at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius, Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 10 am. Burial will follow at our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery.


22 May

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola

9999 N Military Trail
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

22 May

Graveside Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery

10941 Southern Blvd
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411


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Christopher Tierney

May 17, 2019

Cathedral College, Class of 1987

Since hearing of Fr. Buckley's passing I've been thinking about my memories of him. What keeps rising to the surface for me is his great presence, and how much his art spoke of who he was. I remember Fr. Buckley never needing a great deal of words to express himself.

Thank you, Fr. Buckley for the gifts you shared with all of us and now rest easy good and faithful servant, your work here is complete.


May 17, 2019

Father Buckley was a true inspiration as both a priest and stage director. What a blessing to have been taught by him and worked with him in several show at Cathedral College. RIP
Joe Sanges Class of 1986

R Michael (Bob) Westbay

May 16, 2019

While at Cathedral College I played Merlin in the play Camelot. It was wonderful having Fr Buckley direct us in this wonderful story.
I remember a play performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. The play writers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice came to the performance and this was their first time in the United States.
Fr Buckley influences were worldwide.
One wonders what plays he is directing in heaven.
God bless Fr Buckley. He was a gift to many here on earth.

Ralph Padilla

May 16, 2019

My freshman year at Cathedral College and Fr. Buckley was holding auditions for Man of La Mancha. He took one look at me and said, I have a part for you! I was Pedro - leader of the muleteers- who engages in battle with Don Quixote. His ability to recognize qualities and talent in people was profound. His kind nature and character made him the true human and servant of God! Rest In Peace my friend, role model and mentor.