Lebanon, N.H. — Forest Buckland, 87, born in 1926 to Arthur and Emma Buckland, passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, surrounded by family members. He was born and raised in Newport, Vt.
Forest leaves behind his wife, Joan Howe Buckland, Lebanon; son, Bruce Buckland of Franklin, Mass.; daughter, Jill Cavalieri of Alexandria, N.H.; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and so far 9 great-grandchildren. The early death of Forest and Joan’s son, Karl Buckland at 44 was their greatest sadness.
Forest was an All State running back and quarterback for Newport High. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during WWII. He attended Norwich University and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tuffs University.
During his working career he was a pioneer of Numeric Control, was a Chief Engineer, International Sales Manager, Director of R&D, president and chairmen of the board. He lived a couple of years each in Switzerland and Japan. He owned and operated a tree business in Lebanon and a Heating Oil Company in Castleton, Vt.
After his first retirement he moved back to Newport to care for his mother. Then to give back to his beloved Newport, he headed up Economic Development, ran unopposed for the Vt. Statehouse serving six years, and at 80 accepted a position as President of NCIC. He arranged training for those serving time in St. Johnsbury and evening classes in Newport to provide local companies employees with the skills they needed to operate in the Northeast Kingdom.
Most importantly he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Grafton County Senior Center, 10 Campbell Street, Lebanon, NH 03766.