PLATTSBURGH — Mr. Leland G. "Lee" Buckley, 84, of Route 9 North, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the CVPH Medical Center, with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Redford, N.Y. on Oct. 15, 1929, the son of Patrick and Mamie (Bell) Buckley.
Lee was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy onboard the USS English. Lee built the Gateway Motel and Buckley's Store, which his wife, Carol and daughter Kathy operated for many years while he worked as an electrician throughout the North Country.^
Lee was a member of several organizations, including; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 781, a Life Member of the American Legion Post #1619, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #125, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #179, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Knights of Columbus Council #255 and Our Lady of Victory Church. Lee will be remembered most for his storytelling, gifting of shoe laces and hard work ethic.
He was predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Mamie Buckley; his brothers, Clifton, Bernard and Donald Buckley.
Lee is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol (Wells) Buckley of Plattsburgh; a daughter Kathy Bennett and her husband Warren of Plattsburgh; his grandsons Ryan and Michael Bennett of Plattsburgh; a sister Ila Buckley of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; sisters-in-law Geraldine Buckley of Beekmantown and Sandra Buckley of Cleveland, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will from 3 to 6 p.m., Friday, May 2, at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, N.Y. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday May 3, at Our Lady of Victory Church. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery. Members of the American Legion Post #1619 are asked to meet Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home for a service.
Donations in his memory may be made to the North Country Honor Flight in care of Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Arrangements are entrusted to his son-in-law and grandsons at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (518) 561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may offered at www.brownfuner alhomeinc. com.