MILLINOCKET – Randolph “Randy” Bucknell, 76, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones Oct. 14, 2012. Randy was born Oct. 6, 1936 in Porter, the son of George Bucknell Sr. and Doris (Rice) Peterson.
Randy was raised in the Porter/Kezar Falls area. As an airplane mechanic in the U.S. Air Force, he was stationed in England and North Africa. After leaving the service he worked in the Portland area as a mechanic and foundry worker before joining the International Brotherhood of Transit Boiler Makers as a boiler maker/welder, and traveled throughout the East coast. Randy moved to Millinocket in 1967 to work on the M.G.O. project at Great Northern Paper Co. He worked for many years in the logging industry as a truck driver and mechanic for W.T. Gardner and Sons, even driving his own truck for a few years. After retirement he owned and operated his own saw mill and groomed snowmobile trails. He was an active member of the Fin and Feather Club for many years. Randy was an avid outdoorsman and pilot. He was most at home in the woods or in the pilot’s seat. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and flying his super cub. Randy had a strong love of the outdoors, family and friends. He had the gift of gab and was a jack-of-all-trades.
In addition to his parents, George Bucknell Sr. and Doris (Rice) Peterson, Randy was predeceased by his daughter, Susan Carol Bucknell; his stepmother, Charmaine Bucknell; and stepfather, Laurance “Pete” Peterson. He is survived by life partner, Linda Belmont; and his children, James Bucknell of Las Vegas, Greg Bucknell of Fairbanks, Alaska, Beth Davis of South Portland, Randee Bucknell of Portland and Sara Brown of Hollis. He is also survived by his brothers, George Bucknell of Fryeburg, Richard Bucknell of Colorado, David Bucknell of Hiram and Michael Bucknell of Hawaii; grandchildren, Jennifer, Brandon, Jimmy, Shelby, Jordan, Edith and Olivia; and also his great-grandchildren, Naeva and Asher.
A celebration of Randy’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Millinocket Regional Airport. In lieu of flowers, please bring a story to share. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.