Thomas Gauff Buckley, Jr. (Tommy), 79, of Galveston, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, at The Meridian Care Center. He was born November 15, 1934, in Galveston, to Mary Elizabeth Hankamer Buckley and Thomas G Buckley Sr. A proud BOI (Born on Island), he attended Ball High School where he was a member of the band and graduated with the Class of 1953. Tommy served his country in the US Army Reserves. He married his sweetheart, Sharon Dale Shivers, in 1959. They had two children, Sharon Colleen and Shawn Patrick, whom he loved dearly. He was parts manager for Ford Dealerships for 50 years until his retirement in 2000. After that, he worked for several years as a delivery driver for Mainland Floral, which he enjoyed immensely as he brought flowers and joy wherever he went.
Tommy was a longtime faithful member of the Rotary Club of Galveston Island, was named a Paul Harris Fellow, served as Sergeant-at-Arms for many years, and achieved 17 years of perfect attendance. In addition to the many friendships he made as a Rotarian, he especially enjoyed the service projects, such as adopt-a-highway, charitable fundraising, and the annual Christmas party for the residents at the nursing center. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he served as an usher in past years.
In his younger years, Tommy enjoyed restoring his 1937 Chevy Coupe with his buddy, Johnny Langer. His most prized possession was his Sierra Gold ’57 Chevy Bel Air. In later years, he spent time in his workshop using the tools his uncle had taught him to use in his youth, enjoyed yard work, feeding the wild birds and the neighborhood squirrels, and sitting on the front porch watching the world go by.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents; beloved granddaughter Paige Nicole Buckley; brother-in-law, Ronnie Shivers; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He leaves to cherish memories of his life his wife, Sharon Dale Buckley; daughter, Sharon Colleen Buckley and partner, Julie Boyea; son, Shawn Patrick Buckley and wife, Lycia; much loved and special grandson Jordan Patrick Buckley; sister, Rose Marie Micheletti and husband, Matthew; sister-in-law, Rebecca Shivers; nieces, Julie Micheletti and Dasha Shivers; nephew, Joey Micheletti and wife Cynthia, and nephew, Dermen Shivers; dear friend and cousin, Frank Bankston and wife Annie; dear friends Johnny Langer, Charles Felts, and Alfred Pucciarello; and numerous other relatives and friends.
The family wishes to extend deep gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of UTMB, the Meridian nursing center, and the AMed Hospice team, for all their caring and dedication, and special thanks to Drs. Anna Rotkiewicz, Erin Hommel, and Wissam Khalife.
Tommy’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, July 2nd, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A vigil will begin at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.
Funeral mass will be 10:00 am, Thursday, July 3rd, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.
Pallbearers will be Mike Coleman, Mike Hernandez, Jay Huff, Preston Huff, Tom Vaughn, and Jeff Nielsen.
Donations in Tommy’s memory may be made to Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, or Galveston Historical Foundation, or the charity of your choice.