Ronald R. Buckley

PORTLAND — Ronald Robert Buckley, 76, of Raymond, passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, after a courageous battle with a long illness.

The son of the late Guy and Mildred (Marvin) Buckley, Ron was born on Aug. 22, 1933, and raised in Bath, N.Y., where he attended Haverling High School. For 25 years, he worked as a Senior Claims Analyst for Commercial Union Insurance Company (One Beacon) in Boston, Mass. In 1984, he was appointed to the W. R. Grace Commission, a special government task force, and commended by President Ronald Reagan for his participation. He retired in 1991 and later moved to Raymond, where he and his wife, Joyce, made their home on Thomas Pond.

As a charter member of Christ Chapel of Raymond, he enjoyed helping with their community meals and volunteered at the Raymond Food Pantry. An avid outdoorsman, Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and travel. He also had a love of westerns and antiques. He will be remembered for his love of family, his stories, sense of humor, and generosity.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Joyce (Mitchell) Buckley; his children Stewart Buckley of Hawaii, Jennifer Lucia of Ohio, Mark of New York, Sarah Keltz of New York, Roberta Gomolak of Florida, Carla Gade of Maine, and Eric Olson of Massachusetts; 20 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; his sister, Cynthia Branning; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by siblings, Louise, James, Howard and Milford; and a niece.

Calling hours were held at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco, on Monday, Aug. 23. A celebration of his life was held at Christ Chapel, 37 N. Pines Road, Raymond, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, followed by a reception. Condolences may be left online at hallfuneralhomeinc.com

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to: Christ Chapel, P.O. Box 208, Raymond, ME 04701 or the American Lung Association.

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