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Dr. Donald Faust Buckley, Lover Of Animals, Owned South Salem Animal Hospital For 22 Years

Dr. Donald Buckley.
Dr. Donald Buckley. Photo Credit: Contributed by the Buckley Family

Dr. Donald Faust “Don” Buckley, 93, of Winchester, VA and beloved father and “abuelo,” passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 24 surrounded by his six children. 

Dr. Buckley was born at home in Far Rockaway on Nov. 23, 1927. He was a longtime resident of North Salem and a parishioner at St. Joseph’s Church in Croton Falls.

Dr. Buckley entered the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine at the age of 16. Upon completion of his degree, he entered veterinary practice in Newburgh. During the Korean War, he served as a practicing veterinarian in the U.S. Air Force. 

After his service, he worked as a veterinarian in Buffalo before buying the South Salem Animal Hospital from which he retired in 1984 after 22 years of practice. Dr. Buckley was known for his compassionate care, love of animals and technical expertise.

In 1994 Don and his beloved wife Missy (predeceased) moved to Winchester, VA. Together they enjoyed volunteering, playing tennis, hiking and visiting with their grandchildren. Don was an accomplished potter and served as a past president of the Shenandoah Potters Guild.

”Because I have lived life, I shall have no sorrow to die.”

He will be remembered as an exceptional listener and gentle soul and cherished for his kindness, wit and welcoming spirit.

Don is survived by his children: Kent (Julie), Kevin (Sheila), Steven (Sara), Teresa (Skip), John (Sue) and Mary Anne (Shawn); 10 grandchildren: Malena, Ian, Megan, Jacob, Nina, Colin, Griffin, Sean, Caroline and Jillian; and 5 great grandchildren: Meredith, Ethan, Adrian, Callie and Madison. His wife (Missy), parents (Harry and Myrtle) and sister (Anne) predeceased him in death.

A memorial service for Don will be held at a later date. Contributions can be made in his name to Blue Ridge Hospice.

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