FARMINGTON - John L. Bucknam Jr. 74, died in his sleep on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Orchard Park in Farmington.
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Born in Waterville on March 9, 1939, John lived his life for his family, friends, co-workers and customers. John's hard work, determination and courageousness unveiled itself very early ... at age 17, when he won the Governor's Award for Cabinetry for his project of an Oak Desk, and up until the age of 70, when he built his dream home cape in Chesterville, overlooking the Western Maine Mountains. Along the way, he demonstrated his skills with his hands through making furniture in his shop on Smithfield Road in Oakland. There was a full page and a half posted in the Morning Sentinel that we all admire of him every time we look at it on our walls. John renovated, rented and managed apartment building in Oakland that he prided himself on, and used to support his family. His family was everything to him and this was shown not necessarily with his words all the time, but if you looked at him in the eyes, it would tell you the whole story of his pride and commitment towards them.
John graduated from Williams High School in Oakland, class of 1958. He served his country in the Army National Guard. He was an active member and long time trustee of the United Baptist Church, where he worked on the church itself. He installed a new kitchen and renovated the parsonage, along with many other repair projects there. He was a member of the Oakland Lions Club and the Messalonskee Masonic Lodge.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Gladys (Eastman) Bucknam, his sister Joyce Pelletier. John will always be missed by his wife Joan L. who he married on Aug. 29, 1959, his three sons, Gregory J., of Waterville, Brian L. and wife Melanie, of Hudson, N.H., Jason T. And Becky, of Bowdoin, grandchildren include Matthew Brown, of Oklahoma., Colby V. Bucknam, of Bowdoin, Gage and Cole Bucknam, of Hudson, N.H., John has two surviving sisters, Ellen Weeks and Helen Bridges, both of Oakland, four brothers, Robert Bucknam, of Canaan, Ronald Bucknam, Steven Bucknam and David Bucknam, of Oakland. Sisters-in-law include Sandra Bucknam, Bonnie Bucknam and Estelle Bucknam. Brothers-in-law include Wayne Weeks and Bert Main, of Oakland, and Richard Main, of Lebanon, John was also blessed with an extended church family and wonderful nieces and nephews who all loved Uncle John.
Friends are invited to visit from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Wheeler Funeral Home 26 Church St. Oakland. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Oakland United Baptist Church 47 Church St. Oakland, a gathering of friends and family will follow at the Decker-Simmons Post American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Oakland United Baptist Church 47 Church St. Oakland, ME. 04963.
Wheeler Funeral Home - Oakland
26 Church Street Oakland, ME 04963
Published in Morning Sentinel on Nov. 11, 2013