STACYVILLE – John “Buck” McAvoy went to be with his Lord Saturday, April 11, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. Buck was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Benedicta. “Buck” earned his nickname honestly because he did his hunting by moonlight in his early years. He was known to all as a lover of hard work and ran his family logging business for more than 60 years. Until the day he retired, Buck believed his business was to be run by a handshake and his word; a good day in the woods was spent on his D-7 bulldozer. He was happiest when his home was filled with his family and friends and especially rejoiced when a baby came along. He made each grandchild feel like they were his favorite. Buck is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Isabelle McNally of Sherman. He is also survived by nine children, Rick McAvoy and wife, Mary, of Mount Chase, Billy McAvoy and wife, Sue, of Sherman, Debbie Patterson and husband, Wayne, of Austin, Texas, Lisa Rush and husband, Greg, of Sherman, Chris McAvoy of Brewer, Becky Hughes and husband, Wayne, of Stacyville, Shawn McAvoy and wife, Kelley, of Patten, Scott McAvoy of Stacyville, and Michelle Robinson and husband, Kevin, of Saco. His life was blessed with 16 grandchildren, Ryan McAvoy, Oliver and Zak McAvoy, Amy Cyr, Lisa Harvey, Mary Stelly, Seth and Ben Rush, Meghan Hammock, Katie and Mallory McAvoy, Kylie Holman, Alex McAvoy, Casey McAvoy, Isabella and Austin Robinson. He was also blessed with numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Buck is survived by one brother, Joe McAvoy and wife, Lil, of Silver Ridge. He was predeceased by his mother, Beulah Casey McAvoy and father, Joseph of Benedicta; 10 brothers and sisters. His family thanks the staff of Houlton Regional Hospital for their compassionate long-term care. Special thanks to Dr. Ted Sussman for his professional yet compassionate care of our beloved husband and dad. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Monday at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Benedicta, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday with Father Joel Cyr, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Bell Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 27, Benedicta, ME 04733. Arrangements by Bowers Funeral Home, Island Falls.