PALM HARBOR, Fla. — C. Richard "Dick" Buckman, 79, of Palm Harbor, Fla. passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Joan; a son Jeffrey Richard Buckman and his wife Beth of Warren, Vt. a daughter, Lori Buckman Vonachen and her husband Bill of Framingham, Mass.; 3 grandchildren, Colby, Caroline and Mitch Vonachen; 2 brothers, David Buckman and his wife Leigh of Gilford, N.H. and Don Buckman and his wife Elaine of Clayton, N.C.; and a sister, Marsha Wilder of Manchester, N.H.
A longtime resident of Belknap Mountain Road in Gilford, Dick worked in the advertising department at The Laconia Evening Citizen from 1959 to 1994. For three decades he was the highly successful director of that department.
Dick enjoyed many activities throughout his life. He was an avid New England sports fan and relished watching the Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox. His competitive spirit led him to also participate in many sports, including golf, skiing, basketball, and was known as an 'ace' tennis player. Dick has a special affinity with animals and always had his beloved 'Bruno' by his side. Mostly, he will be remembered for his devilish sense of humor that brought endless fun and laughter to our lives.
A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2013 at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 2550 Highlands Blvd, N, Palm Harbor, Fl. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Suncoast Hospice or The Pinellas County Humane Society.