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WIlliam "Bill" Edwin Buck

1 April 1930 - 5 January 2024

Bill Buck was born in Windsor, ON in 1930 to parents Margaret and Harold Buck (deceased).


Bill was known for his ability in sports, in high school, including swimming, basketball, and baseball. His skills in baseball drew the attention of major league scouts and he was drafted by the Toledo Mud Hens Baseball team, a Detroit Tigers minor league farm club team.


He joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, was awarded a scholarship, traveling to Great Britain on an Air Cadets international Exchange. The die was cast, and upon his return, he finished high school and enlisted in the RCAF.


Shortly after joining the RCAF, Bill married Sophia Andrashuski (deceased) from St. Thomas, while in basic flight training. At the end of the Korean War pilots were no longer needed in substantial numbers, so Bill re-mustered into Physical Education Training. Bill and his young growing family, served in 2 France at RCAF 2-Wing Grostenquin.


Upon his return to Canada, he served in Centralia and Base Borden. While in Borden he served on a 6-month peace keeping mission in Cyprus. After his return to Canada, he was stationed, to RCAF Base Gimli, MB, as the BPERO, and he organized Gimli Air Shows, and he was the drum major for the Gimli RCAF Marching band.


Returning to Base Borden in 1966, he was assigned the task of training soldiers from across the military to perform in the Expo 67 Cross Canada Cdn Forces Military Tattoo. After Borden, the family transferred to CFE Lahr, West Germany where he was BPERO for Baden and Lahr Physical Education programs.


Bill and family returned to CFB Kingston where he was tasked with training officials and field judges for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. His final posting was to CFB London, where he ended his 31-year career in the military – but not before serving with another UN Peacekeeping Force in Egypt as his retirement gig.


Through his life’s journey, Bill managed to compete in twenty-one marathons and countless other shorter competitions over 4 decades.


Upon retiring from the military, Bill worked with Stinson Security Services. His final retirement job was at Western University Hospital, London, as Manager of Security and Protective Services.


Bill and Sophia had four children, Richard Buck, wife Barbara Buck (deceased) with three children Tiffany, Melissa and Brandon, daughter Penny (Buck) Fettinger with two children Keith and Jamie, daughter Heather Buck and daughter Patricia (Buck) Wright, husband of The Rev. Canon Dr. Robert Wright and have two sons Benjamin and Sean. Bill met and married Jean MacDonald Buck (deceased) and they lived at Big Bay Point.


Bill’s Celebration of Life was held Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 1:00 pm, a

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