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Robert H. Buckley, 87, of Kenmore, a career trucking industry manager, died Monday (Dec. 22, 1997) in Buffalo General Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Hillsdale, Ill., he contracted polio at the age of 7. His family moved to Collins when he was 10, and he graduated from Collins Center High School in 1928, and then went to Bryant & Stratton Business Institute, where he received a degree in accounting in 1933.

During the Depression, he went to work for the government, helping to build Gowanda State Hospital. In 1936, he came to Buffalo and worked in the trucking industry with various local companies. After World War II, he went to work for G.E. Wolfe Corp. as a terminal manager, a position he held until his retirement in 1976.

He was an avid card player and enjoyed golf and traveling cross country.

He was a charter member of the Town of Tonawanda Irish-American Club and a member of the Buffalo Transportation Club, the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Holy Name Society, the Loyal Order of Moose in Medina and the Teamsters union.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Marian A. Bettker of Kenmore; a daughter, Colleen Murray of Kenmore; two brothers, Norman A. of Louisville, Ky., and Thomas A. of Williamsville; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Monday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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