F.M. Pat Buckland(003)BUCKLAND, F. M. “Pat”, of St. Thomas, ON, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in his 86th year. Beloved husband for 54 years to Marguerite (nee Warren) Buckland. Dearly loved father of Shirley Ann Smith (Craig) of Lambeth, and David W. Buckland (Lisa) of Toronto. Cherished grandfather of Charlotte, Maggie and Jessica Smith. Dear brother of Jane Femmel (late Dick) of Bloomfield Hills, MI, late Harvey B. Buckland (late Mary Lou), and the late Paul H. Buckland. Also fondly remembered by in-laws, Shirley and Gordon Grant of Oakville, as well as several nieces and nephews. Born in Chatham, ON, March 17, 1929, he was the son of the late Harvey E. and Myrtle (nee Baxter) Buckland. A resident of St. Thomas since 1956, Pat previously lived in London and Chatham. He was the founder and former President of Buckland Customs Brokers Limited, St. Thomas. Pat served as President of Federated Customs Brokers Ltd., Toronto, ON from 1981 to 1988. He was a member of Trinity Anglican Church, St. Thomas, having been a former member of the Parish Council Board. Pat was a member and Past President of the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club, and a former member of the St. Thomas Curling Club, where he previously served as a director. He was a Legion of Honour recipient in recognition of 30 years of service to the Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas. For seventeen years, Pat gathered warm winter coats for children in the community, and distributed them through the “Coats for Kids” donation program. An avid boater, Pat cherished time with family and friends at his cottage on Lake Rosseau at Windermere. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation. A private memorial service to celebrate Pat’s life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). Private interment of his cremated remains will be made in the Old St. Thomas Churchyard, Walnut St. Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation or the charity of one’s choice gratefully acknowledged.

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