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Nickerson Funeral Home

340 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA

OBITUARY

William James Buckley Jr.

May 8, 1941July 1, 2020

WELLFLEET – William James Buckley Jr, of Wellfleet, died peacefully on July 1st, 2020 at the Cape Cod Hospital of complicated health issues. He was the son of the late William and Julia (Sanfranski). William grew up in Norwood, MA and attended Norwood High School and graduated in 1959. He spent four years at MIT night school, receiving a certificate in engineering. He was a Peace Corp volunteer with his wife Lucy in Lima Peru from 1964 – 1966, where he taught physics at Catholic University in Lima. He returned from his service in the Peace Corp and attended the University of MA Lowell and went on to earn a BS in Mechanical Engineering. (Known then as Lowell Technological Institute). His work career included GE, working in the nuclear power plant industry, managing director of Stone & Webster, an architectural engineering company in Boston, and EPM, an engineering firm in Framingham. He owned and operated a consulting and placement business in nuclear power and completed his work life at Foster-Miller in Waltham as Director of Business Development. At his retirement, he did some consulting work in medical devices, which took him as far as Denmark. Bill lived in Sudbury for 20 years, raised his children there and was a member of the Sudbury Men’s Club. He loved Wellfleet & its natural beauty, the ocean, boating, shell fishing, Jeremy Point, where he took his family, many a fine day. He loved to make chowders. Bill was well known around Wellfleet for making note cards from his daughter, Jane’s original artwork. He also won awards for his photography. He spent his last years with his beloved grandson, James, enjoying basketball, soccer, clamming, doing math together, and playing chess. Bill leaves his beloved family; wife, Lucy; son, William J. Buckley III and his wife Diana; daughter Jane Pomakis; grandson, James Pomakis; sisters Pat and Kate and many nieces and nephews, dear friends and family. In lieu of flowers, as there are no services, what would mean the most to Bill is to give a small donation to help his grandson with his college education. Donations may be sent to: Jane Pomakis, PO Box 1406, Wellfleet, MA 02667 The family would like to thank Mugar 4 staff at the hospital, who were superior in their care for Bill. They loved him over the five weeks he was there. Bill was so loving, kind, generous, easy going, had a great sense of humor and smiled all the time. He never complained. Above all he was a family man. We will miss his presence each and every day.

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FRANK Babel

July 30, 2020

Bill and I graduated from Norwood High School the same year. Growing up, my family has a small paint and wallpaper store on Washington St. just a stone's throw away from Buckley Oil Company where Bill lived and worked. We hung out, were friends, never had any money and go through High school with decent grades.. I remember once there was a hurricane that came through NE, the local men's store, Orents basement got flooded, Bill and I were hired to work in 4+ feet of water cleaning out the basement.
I went to Tufts, lost track of Bill, went on to 2 years in the Navy, Columbia U. and a good career, marriage, family, travel. Now long retired in Hilton Head Island. Saw Bill at our 50th reunion, we talked a while, but we didn't make arrangements to reconnect after the event which makes me very sad. We had so many stories to share.
Bill was a good person a good man. God rest his soul.
Frank Babel

Lois And Fritz Armstrong

July 12, 2020

We have known Lucy and Bill since Sudbury. We were both members of the Sudbury Swim and Tennis Club and social friends too. In the last few years we have reconnected in
Wellfleet sharing dinners together with Bill and Lucy and many interesting conversations. We will miss Bill. He was a special person and a special friend!

David Wright

July 11, 2020

Dear Lucy,
Very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

Sharri Maynard

July 9, 2020

“Uncle Bill was always SOOO SWEET to me, to everyone, he made you feel so SPECIAL!!! ❤️❤️❤️

I’ll always remember him fondly and The Caoe won’t be the same without him.

Rest In Peace, Uncle Bill. You’re in a much better place now!!!!

Love,
Sharri

Judith Potter (Diggs)

July 5, 2020

Billy and I grew up in Norwood, as young children, a block away from each other...he, at the top of George St, me, at the bottom on Washington St. I remember, summers, spending time biking and scootering up and down the hill; winters, sledding, laughing and making snowmen, using the coal left outside my house by the coalman for decorations! As classmates, we attended the same elementary, junior high and high school. The last time we met was at our NHS 55th reunion six years ago which he attended with his wife. Again, we shared memories, always laughing! THANKS, Billy, for your lifelong friendship. Regards to your family. RIP

Toni Gisone

July 4, 2020

I read each memory, and they all describe the beautiful man I knew. He will remain in the hearts of so many people. Love and peace to Jane, Lucy, James, and your brother William.

Bill Tuli

July 4, 2020

My Uncle Bill, one of the greatest men I ever knew. He was one of my biggest influences, and I always wanted to be just like him. He was always there for me and the others in our family. He will be missed dearly.

Debby Kichler

July 4, 2020

My heart is heavy, my dearest Uncle Bill. You are and always will be one of the greatest men in my life. "Part of us went with you the day God called you home."

Love you forever,
Debby

Merilyn Brunton

July 4, 2020

Bill Buckley holds a special place in my heart. I am always so grateful for his help in being a father to my son Donald when he lost his own. He gave him the guidance that helped him mold his life. We had a wonderful friendship for 58 years which I cherish and will tearfully miss him. Love ❤️ always for my dearest friend Bill..

Meg Maloney

July 4, 2020

Bill,
Such sadness fills so many hearts of those around you. I remember being at the Sudbury house with Jane and Andrea and you were giggling WITH us.
Such a kind man with such a happy smile. I know you will be missed dearly by many people, including myself, and your memory will always be alive. Thank you for being an awesome dad.
Love,
Meg

FROM THE FAMILY

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