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Bryan Buck

Bryan Burns James Buck

August 5, 1953 - December 27, 2018
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Obituary

WISCASSET - Bryan Burns James Buck died at home surrounded by loved ones on December 27th, 2018. He had been diagnosed with a rare cancer just months before.

Born on August 5th, 1953, in Morristown, New Jersey, Bryan was the middle child of eleven. He was curious from a young age—always using his hands to learn about machinery, cars, and airplanes. He accomplished his first solo airplane flight at the age of sixteen, which earned him his pilot’s license for the first time. Many will remember Bryan by the sight of his bright yellow Piper Cub high in the sky or swooping along the rivers and harbors of inland and coastal Maine.

At seventeen, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He celebrated his eighteenth birthday in Saigon and became a Vietnam War Veteran at age twenty-one. He ultimately settled in Maine to raise his family and establish his business as a metal fabricator and artist. Many homes, buildings, and outdoor spaces throughout Maine and especially the Midcoast region showcase Bryan’s iron and stonework.

In addition to being a pilot and a sculptor, he was a wordsmith and a deep thinker. When he wasn’t working in his shop, he could be found reading up on any worthwhile news that crossed the headlines, composing poems and short stories, or writing letters to the editor about local and national politics. He was engaged in his community of Wiscasset and the local airport, connected to his family and friends, and he loved the land.

However, more than anything, Bryan was a devoted and loving father to his two daughters, Maryellen and Foxfire. He supported them through all their endeavors in athletics, education, and in their careers. Bryan taught his girls the importance of hard work, selfless and self-love, and fierce perseverance. He was immensely proud of them and shared this joy with anyone with whom he crossed paths.

Bryan is survived by his two daughters, Maryellen Ferris Schofield Buck and Foxfire Farrin Buck; his son-in-law, Genaro Mancera; his ten siblings; and many wonderful cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Thomas Francis Buck, and Mary Patricia Kernahan Buck.

Bryan’s family is planning a celebration of his life this spring, at his home in Wiscasset. Contact either of his daughters for additional information.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland
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Jenny Gray

Posted at 06:32pm
Well Bryan -- bit late getting to the memory wall -- but the wind is blowing like a banshee and knocked down some of the pine you helped me haul home to use as kindling. I caught myself this winter and even now when I see trees down by the side of the road -- thinking - firewood - Bryan and I can haul with his flatbed ... You were a good neighbor, always up for a cup of coffee and conversation. The first time I needed a jump start -- during the sub zero temps in January at oh dark hundred before work -- I said o.k. now I really miss you -- you always answered the call and came out to get me going. I am so sorry you didn't have arthritis or merely need a hip joint replaced -- I don't know how things would've turned out if someone had known right from the first twinge that this was bone cancer -- I do know that you had the desire and passion to live -- that you had ideas and dreams you wanted to pursue, that you were alive until you couldn't be, here any more. And though you aren't here, with your can do attitude and too share a cup of conversation -- I hope you are some place somehow exploring and finding light and love in an ongoing journey.
 
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Bridget Buck Posted at 10:50am

Thank you so much Jenny. This snowy April morning, Bryan has been on my mind and your words have brought him to me so alive and ready to get the job done. I am so glad others have such wonderful memories so like mine. See you June 15th at his house for a celebration of his life! Bridget
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Gordon M Clark

Posted at 07:56am
As Micheal said, it was an honor to have him as a friend. I will truly miss him. He had the sensibility, the ease, and the occasional brusqueness that made every visit to his shop and home enjoyable.
 
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Bridget Buck Posted at 10:51am

Oh so true, love to see Bryan through others eyes! Thank you, b
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Michael A Mcconnell

Posted at 12:35pm
Deepest Sympathies to Maryellen and Foxfire. Bryan was a Maine character if there ever was.
A big personality, a great laugh, and a better chuckle.

It's honor to say he was a friend. He cared about us, his town, the pla
net and our outcome.

Most of all , he was a great parent.

Bryan will be missed, never forgotten, and forever loved.

Sincerely, Mike and Karen McConnell
 
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Bridget Buck Posted at 10:52am

Blessings on the two of you and on that great parent, who we see daily in his daughters, Thank you. Bridget
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Spencer & Elizabeth Gray

Posted at 11:01am
Our deepest sympathies to Bryan's family. What a privilege to have known such a sincere and talented man! His work and art were his joy but paled in comparison to his love for his daughters. Fly high, Bryan!
 
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Bridget Buck Posted at 10:53am

Thank you I hope he is flying!
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