A calling hour will be held in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg on Friday, April 2 from 10-11am. A funeral service will begin at 11:00am. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery in Westminster.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oakmont Youth Football and Cheer (OYFC) PO Box 332, Westminster, MA 01473.
Westminster – Eugene C. Buckley, 87, of Westminster, passed away on March 25, 2021 in Leominster Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Eugene was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 22, 1933, a son of the late Eugene and Helen (Humble) Buckley. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War as a Military Policeman, until his honorable discharge. Eugene spent his career working as a Regional Sales Manager for Perdue Farms throughout New England and New York State until he retired in 1997. Prior to that, he worked for Leominster Poultry and Borden Chemical.
In the early 1950s, Eugene danced on the original Bandstand in Philadelphia which eventually evolved into the well-known American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark.
He loved professional boxing and football. Eugene was a loyal Patriots fan but also rooted for his hometown Eagles. Eugene enjoyed his time serving as president of the Oakmont Youth Football League while his sons played and daughter cheered.
He enthusiastically announced the games from the press box and kept the fans and players entertained with his unique sense of humor. He was active in St. Edward’s Parish of Westminster where he volunteered to organize spaghetti dinners, chicken BBQs and all aspects of fundraising. He was a lifetime member of the British American Club as well as a member of the Fitchburg Knights of Columbus.
Eugene will be respectfully remembered for his quick sense of humor, leadership, generosity, and unwavering love and dedication to his family.
Eugene is survived by his children, Kimberly Cormier and husband Ron of Ashburnham and Michael Buckley of Westminster; grandchildren, Ryan Normile, Liam Buckley, Quin Buckley, Max Rameau, Taylor Gilbert, Brittany Cormier, and Julia Cormier; sister-in-law, Peggy Haimila of Westminster; daughter in law Michelle Ouellette of Newbury; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years Phyllis (Kennedy) Buckley in 2019, his son EJ Buckley in 2020 and his siblings, Delores, Alice, James, Richard, and Helen.