Bishop Thomas Buckle passed away on September 17, 2016. He was born in Massachusetts on November 14, 1940. Alaska was his love and life, he served 35 years with the U.S. Department of Interior, and several years with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and served as a substitute teacher for the Borough.
Bishop is survived by his loving wife Mary Buckle, his son’s Gene and his spouse Jenn Buckle, and Randy Buckle, T Bryan and his spouse Carmen Woodward, Stephen and his spouse Jen Woodward; two brothers, Stephen and David Buckle and his sister Jan Brownbridge.
His organizational activities included: Anchorage South Rotary, The Imaginarium Science Center-Board of Directors, Resource Development Council (RDC), Mat-Su Borough Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Mat-Su Borough Transportation Advisory Board, member, Mat-Su Borough Coastal Management Plan Citizen Advisory Committee: member, Mat-Su Borough Port Commission: Commissioner, Alaska Department of Natural Resources – Outdoor Recreation and Trails Advisory Board: Chair, Mat-Su Borough Real Property Asset Management Board
His hobbies included fishing, gardening, woodworking, RVing, putting smiles on children’s faces by playing Santa Clause, he also loved to tinker. He and his wife owned a small business (The Knot Shop) in which they manufactured wooden whirligigs, toys, and cedar lawn furniture for sale at local outlets and craft shows.
Bishop requested that his remains be scattered along Prince William Sound, and the family will be honoring his request along with a celebration of life scheduled in Alaska for May/June timeframe 2017.