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Malcolm K. Buckley Jr., lawyer was key player in Jack Kemp’s political career

Aug. 7, 1936 – Jan. 11, 2016

Malcolm K. “Mickey” Buckley Jr. of Hamburg, a lawyer who helped Rep. Jack Kemp in his political career, died Jan. 11. Mr. Buckley had remained at his farm until his final days. He was 79.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Lafayette High School, where he was a member of the national champion rowing team. He was a 1958 graduate of Yale University, where he was a varsity rower, and a 1961 graduate of the University of Buffalo Law School. He was a partner in the Buffalo law firm of Damon and Morey for more than 30 years.

In 1967, Mr. Buckley was elected as the youngest member of the Hamburg School Board. Serving a single term until 1971, he was president of the board and later was the board’s attorney.

He was instrumental in persuading Kemp to run for public office and served as treasurer for all of Kemp’s election campaigns.

He raised Arabian horses and geese, for which he won many blue ribbons at the Erie County Fair. He enjoyed sailing, skiing and, in his later years, golf.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, the former Maureen Palmer Shafley; three sons, Stephen, Philip and William Shafley; a daughter, Mary Jane Gilbride; a sister, Sara Summerson; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday in Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Hamburg.

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