Paul R. Buckley, 80: Family man known for his generosity

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Paul Richard Buckley Sr., 80, of Cumberland Foreside, died Oct. 4 surrounded by his family.

Buckley graduated in 1953 from Lewiston High School, where he made a name for himself in both the basketball and football programs. He completed his undergraduate degree at University of Maine Orono in 1957, and received his law degree from the University of Maine in 1961.

Buckley began a 50-year career as an estate planner and life insurance broker at Longley Associates in Lewiston, where he partnered with former governor James B. Longley. He was a top producer at New England Life, and a top leader and former president of the Million Dollar Round Table, an international association of financial professionals. Buckley also won the J. Putnam Stevens award from the Maine Association of Life Underwriters. At the end of his career he worked with his children at The Buckley Group of Portland and BGA Financial. 

Buckley was a past president and governing board member of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, and a past member of the advisory board at Fleet Bank.

For 25 years, he spent winters with his family at their second home in Treasure Cay, Abaco, where he would bone fish, island hop and captain golf carts for pirate treasure hunts.

Buckley was an avid fly fisherman who enjoyed spending time in nature. He was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed attending many of his children’s and grandchildren’s games. When they were younger, he took his children on annual ski trips to Quebec in the winter, while the extended family spent time at Goose Rocks Beach in the summer. Family, friends, colleagues and associates often say Buckley is one of the most generous men they have ever met.

Paul is survived by his wife of 51 years, Anita Buckley; four children, Lisa Carew and her husband, Steve, of Falmouth, Paul Buckley Jr. and his wife, Katherine, of Falmouth, Scott Buckley and his wife, Regina, of New York City and Julie Buckley of Cumberland Foreside; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katie, Madison, Nicholas, Ryan, Oliver, Elliott, Hayden, Logan and Colin; and a sister, Ann Golder, of Collinsville, Connecticut.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Maine Medical Center Special Care Unit.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. Funeral services will be held at Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Rd., Falmouth, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow. Buckley will be laid to rest at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lewiston in a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Million Dollar Roundtable Foundation, 325 West Touhy Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068.