|Birth: ||Jun. 3, 1947|
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
|Death: ||May 22, 2011|
New London County
Rudolph "Rudy" C. Buck of East Hartford and Plainville passed away suddenly on May 22, 2011 in Mystic, CT doing what he loved, camping and fishing.
He was born in Landshut, Germany on June 3, 1947, the son of the late Elisabeth (Hagen) Buck and the late Gordon Spears. He was adopted by his stepfather, the late Alvia Buck just prior to their move to the United States when he was ten years old.
He leaves behind the "love of his life" his fiancée Diane Sperry, with whom he made his home in Plainville; his extended family Karen Andrade, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, Tonya Martin, of Plainville; Andrew Sperry of Fort Benning, Georgia; Ryan Sperry of Troy, New York and Lindsey Sperry of Plainville; a special needs child that held a special place in his heart and eight grandchildren.
He lived in West Springfield, MA until he graduated from high school and then joined the US Marine Corps. He served in Viet Nam during the Viet Nam conflict.
When he was hired at Pratt and Whitney, he moved to East Hartford, CT and became an active member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He was elected to two terms as President of his local 1746 and then became a Business Representative for District 91 as well as Assistant Business Director for the District until it merged with District 26. Rudy's dedication to the Union and its members was evident in everything he did. He worked tirelessly to make sure that members had some form of job security with a contract that also provided decent benefits.
He also became a political activist for the Democratic Party and served on the town council in East Hartford for many years. He felt that Politics had to have a significant role in ensuring that work remained in Connecticut and that policies pertaining to worker rights were introduced and protected. He sponsored many fundraisers and campaigned for those he felt would represent Connecticut labor and the issues they faced.
Rudy was one of those unique human beings that made a difference. The world was a better place because he was in it. He maintained his position as Business Representative for the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, until his retirement in 2006. He retired from Pratt and Whitney after 32 years, serving as a Union Official in some capacity throughout his employment. His belief in some form of Union representation for the working class never wavered.
He and his fiancée traveled around the country in their camper the "Bucksper". No matter where they traveled he extended a helping hand to anyone that came across his path. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Connecticut lost a real soldier in every sense.
A memorial celebration of Rudy's life will be held on Saturday June 4, 2011 from 2-4pm at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville. Words of remembrance will be offered at 4pm along with military honors. Burial will be held privately.
Contributions can be made in Rudy's memory to the United Labor Agency, 56 Town Line Rd, Rocky Hill, 06067 and the Disabled American Veterans-Dept of CT, 35 Cold Spring Rd, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
To share your memories with Rudy's family please visit his memorial tribute wall at www.bailey-funeralhome.com.
Created by: Randy Colter
Record added: May 28, 2011
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Thank You Rudy for your service to our country in Vietnam, God Bless You.|
Added: May. 28, 2011
I'm so glad that I got to know you Rudy. You were truly an inspiration to everyone that worked with you in the union. I for one sincerely appreciate all you did to make P&WA a better place to work. You're going to be sorely missed, thank you Rudy, Gods...(Read more)|
Added: May. 28, 2011