Bryan Burns James Buck, of Wiscasset, died at home surrounded by loved ones on Dec. 27. He had been diagnosed with a rare cancer just months before.
Born on Aug. 5, 1953, in Morristown, N.J., Bryan was the middle child of 11. He was curious from a young age – always using his hands to learn about machinery, cars, and airplanes. He accomplished his first solo airplane flight at the age of 16, which earned him his pilot’s license for the first time. Many will remember Bryan by the sight of his bright yellow Piper Cub high in the sky or swooping along the rivers and harbors of inland and coastal Maine.
At 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. He celebrated his 18th birthday in Saigon and became a Vietnam War veteran at age 21. He ultimately settled in Maine to raise his family and establish his business as a metal fabricator and artist. Many homes, buildings, and outdoor spaces throughout Maine and especially the Midcoast region showcase Bryan’s iron and stonework.
In addition to being a pilot and a sculptor, he was a wordsmith and a deep thinker. When he wasn’t working in his shop, he could be found reading up on any worthwhile news that crossed the headlines, composing poems and short stories, or writing letters to the editor about local and national politics. He was engaged in his community of Wiscasset and the local airport, connected to his family and friends, and he loved the land.
However, more than anything, Bryan was a devoted and loving father to his two daughters, Maryellen and Foxfire. He supported them through all their endeavors in athletics, education, and in their careers. Bryan taught his girls the importance of hard work, selfless and self-love, and fierce perseverance. He was immensely proud of them and shared this joy with anyone with whom he crossed paths.
He is predeceased by his parents, Thomas Francis Buck, and Mary Patricia Kernahan Buck.
Bryan is survived by daughters, Maryellen Ferris Schofield Buck and Foxfire Farrin Buck; son-in-law, Genaro Mancera; 10 siblings; and many wonderful cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Bryan’s family is planning a celebration of his life this spring, at his home in Wiscasset. Contact either of his daughters for additional information.
To share a memory or condolence with the Buck family please visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.