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Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Homes

255 Higbie Ln, West Islip, NY

OBITUARY

Sylvester C. Buchalski "Sal"

January 8, 1942July 2, 2020

Sylvester C. Buchalski, 78, became our guardian angel on July 2nd, 2020. “Butch” as his family knew him, was born and raised in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. He was one of six children. Sal now joins his two sisters Frances (Whitey) Baumgardt and Theresa (Lysle) Beach in heaven. He now leaves his sister Pauline D’Esposito and his two brothers Edward (Fran) and Anthony (Ann) Buchalski. Butch served in the Army where he served as Military Police in Petaluma, California. When he returned to Greenpoint, he married the love of his life for fifty-six years, Catherine (“Kitty”) Elker. Together they had two children Mark and Deborah (Ed) and later, two grandchildren Lauren and Andrew Kacherski. In 1977, they moved their family to West Islip, NY. During this time, he worked as a Motorman and later a Motorman Instructor for New York City Transit Authority for 34 years. Butch was famously known for his quick wit and a plethora of jokes. He made everyone in a room feel like family with his stories, hearty laugh, listening ear, and big smile. Butch had the biggest heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family, telling stories about the “good-ole-days” in Greenpoint, playing pinochle (59 and go) with his brothers and cousins, and doing crosswords and sudoku puzzles. Contributions, in Mr. Buchalski’s memory, to the AMVETS National Service Foundation are appreciated: https://amvetsnsf.org/donations.

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Services

  • Please Note: Afternoon Visitation at Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Homes, 448 West Main Street (Montauk Highway), Babylon Village, NY 11702 - All family members and visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing of at least six feet. - Thank you

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Please Note: Evening Visitation at Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Homes, 448 West Main Street (Montauk Highway), Babylon Village, NY 11702 - All family members and visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing of at least six feet. - Thank you

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Funeral Mass - Please Note: All congregants must wear a mask. When arriving at the church please go immediately to your seat sitting in every other row. Please practice social distancing. - Thank You

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

Memories

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Robert Barth

July 10, 2020

Rest In Peace, Sal.

Robert LoBianco

July 7, 2020

He was one of the first people I met in School Car. When you saw Sal was your Instructor it put you at ease he always had good stories and jokes and he made school car a fun place to be in the transit authority. I made it a life long dream to become a Motor Instructor like Sal, which I did for 28 years. Sal we're going to miss you. Condolences to the Family Rest in peace my friend

Vincent Dottin

July 6, 2020

It was because of this man that I learned my job well in the NYCTA. Now in my 29th year (and counting), I am saddened to know he has left us. His quick wit and attention to detail helped me and my classmates learn our jobs well. While some of us have retired, many like myself are still working and passing on the knowledge.

Thank you "Sal" for everything. It is because of your teaching I have my career in the NYCTA, along with a beautiful wife and children. May God bless the family in this time of loss. I send my deepest condolences to you. A good man has his angel wings...✝️☮💜

Georgette Afentakis

July 6, 2020

I have such fond memories of Butchie and Kitty along with Mark and Debbie Comming to Patchogue, To help my mom around the house with repairs and such ,plus staying with them in Greenpoint for a summer they have and will always hold a very dear place in my heart..
The world will be a little more sadder with out you here

Mary Afentakis-Nicks

July 6, 2020

As a teen Butch and Kitty were really wonderful to my Mother. They would come out to Patchogue and help my Mom around her house. She was widowed with two teenagers. Money was tight, but Butch and Kitty were generous. I will be forever grateful for the care they showed my Mom. Rest In Peace Butch.

Maryanne McCurry

July 6, 2020

Rest in Peace Uncle Butch. 🙏
You will be missed. 💔
God Bless.

Robert Barth

July 6, 2020

Sal was one of the first Motorman Instructors I came in contact with upon entering the same supervisory title in 1982. His wit, personality and knowledge of the NYC Transit rolling stock made the transition to a supervisory title very smooth and easy. I'm sure he was a good parent also, as he liked to talk about car projects the he and his son were involved in.

You will be missed, Sal. God bless you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY