Edward V. Buckley, who was born in Clinton and an internationally-recognized runner and who was also involved in many community, regional, and national organizations, died on March 2, 2013, at the age of 91.
He was born on Aug. 8, 1921, to Daniel Edward and Rose Etta (Cunning) Buckley, graduated from Clinton Central High School in 1939 graduate, and later attended Syracuse University and Utica College.
He served in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre and was a member of the Helmuth-Ingalls American Legion Post #232 and Schilling-Burns-Young VFW Post #9591.
He married Dorothy Dignan on Sept. 10, 1949, in St. Mary's Church in Clinton, and she became his biggest fan, coach, and manager. He was employed with Western Electric and later with the Griffiss Air Force Base Rome Air Development Center, where he was as an electronics engineering technician at the Verona Test Site, retiring after 35 years in 1979.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Parish and a member of the church choir. He was a member of the Clinton Kiwanis Club, Roman Runners, Utica Road Runners, Syracuse Chargers Track Club, World Masters Cross-Country Ski Organization, USA Track and Field; and competed in many road races, locally, nationally, and internationally.
He was a volunteer and former board member and treasurer of the Friends of the Lutheran Home, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, a director and inductee of the Kirkland Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame, and a member of the Clinton Central School Foundation Hall of Distinction. He received many sports and civic awards for his activities.
For 50 years, he placed American flags around the Clinton Village Green on every holiday and smaller flags on the graves of veterans in local cemeteries.
Survivors: his wife; six children and their spouses, Barbara and Patrick Grimes, Clinton, Patrick and Carolyn Buckley, New Hartford, Michael and Andrea Buckley, New Hartford, Eileen and John Noti, Oriskany Falls, Paul and Judy Buckley, Scotia, N.Y., Kate and Conrad Pilson, Boston, Mass.; 18 grandchildren, Stephanie, Todd, Ellen, Chris, Jamie, Jenny, Karen, Kevin, Matt, Andy, Jason, Dan, Eric, Mark, Shane, Robbie, J.J., and Patrick; 20 great-grandchildren; sister Blanche Rose Greene, Greene, N.Y., sisters-in-law, Rita Halfmann and Carol McPherson, both of Clinton, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. His parents, brother John, and sisters Evelyn Buckley, Eleanor Garrett, Marjorie Wright, Elizabeth Hullar, and Sarah Schachtler, died before him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on March 6 at 10 a.m., in St. Mary’s Church, followed by a private internment in the parish cemetery. Calling hours at the Heintz Funeral Home, 10 East Park Row, Clinton, are from 4-7 p.m., on March 5. American Legion Post #232 will conduct a service at 4 p.m.
Donations may be considered to St. Mary’s Church, American Legion Post #232, or Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., New Hartford.
On-line memorial at www.heintzfuneralservice.net