Edward St. Clair Buckler III, 65, Navy systems manager


March 31, 2006

Edward St. Clair "Ward" Buckler III, a retired Navy computer and communication systems manager, died of bladder cancer March 24 at a friend's Glen Arm home. He was 65.

Mr. Buckler was born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood and Towson. He was a 1958 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended Middlebury College and the University of Maryland, College Park.

After serving in Army intelligence from 1962 to 1965, he went to work in Washington for the Navy, where he assisted in the transition of the department to computers. He was civilian manager of computer and communication systems at his 1994 retirement.

Mr. Buckler lived in Glen Arm and also in Flattop Mountain, Va., in the Appalachian Mountains, where he had a cabin.

He enjoyed photography, nature and travel.

Mr. Buckler was also a volunteer firefighter and a member of the Dyke Volunteer Fire Dept. in Dyke, Va.

Mr. Buckler's wife of 32 years, the former Eleanore Jordan Small, died in 1998.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 22 at Babcock Presbyterian Church, 8240 Loch Raven Blvd.

Surviving are two sons, Edward St. Clair Buckler IV of Ithaca, N.Y., and Joseph Jordan Buckler of Richmond, Va.; two sisters, Elizabeth Veronis of Annapolis and Jane Scott of Kailu-Kona, Hawaii; his companion, Susan Killian of Glen Arm; and three grandchildren.

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