Extraordinary educator laid to rest

Published: Sunday | December 22, 2013 Comments 0
Relatives of renowned educator Dr Earl Buckle console each other during his funeral held last Thursday at the University of the West Indies Chapel at the Mona campus in St Andrew. -Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
Relatives of renowned educator Dr Earl Buckle console each other during his funeral held last Thursday at the University of the West Indies Chapel at the Mona campus in St Andrew. -Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
Relatives of Dr Earl Buckle during his funeral which was held at the University of the West Indies Chapel, Mona campus, last Thursday.-Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
Relatives of Dr Earl Buckle during his funeral which was held at the University of the West Indies Chapel, Mona campus, last Thursday.-Ian Allen/Staff Photographer

In life, Dr Earl Buckle was recognised for his exceptional leadership skills; in death, he has been remembered as a fearless, bold and extraordinary individual.

A stalwart in education and service, Buckle, a past President of the Lions Club of Downtown Kingston, was awarded President of the Year 2004 -2005 for his outstanding service to the movement.

Last Thursday, hundreds of mourners gathered at the University of the West Indies Mona Chapel to pay their last respects to this 'mountain of a man'.

In her tribute, Esmin Hall, Buckle's mother-in-law, said there were no words that could express the gratitude she has for this extraordinary man.

"As his mother-in-law, 'Mass Earl', as I affectionately called him, was a gentleman who provided for his family.

"He was a very young man when he became a member of our family. He married my daughter Valerie, who was the love of his life," said Hall in the tribute which was delivered for her.

"Earl had my interest at heart. He was very thoughtful and kind. He would provide me with the best that one had to offer. God has given me a son-in-law indeed. We developed such a relationship that many times I genuinely believe that he was of my own birth," said Hall.

His cousin, Dave Buckley, agreed that Earl would go to extreme measures to take care of his family.

"Earl was a decent man, that was who he was, and if the measure of a man is how he takes care of his family, then the tape is not long enough to measure this family man.

"His amazing wife Valerie, with whom he shared 31 years, his daughter Toni and his son Kristopher have lost an exceptional husband and father who loved his family beyond measure," he said.

"If we were to ask any member of the family to describe Earl the first words that come out would be kind, generous and humble," the cousin added.

Buckle was the vice-president (student affairs) at the Excelsior Community College.




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