Albert Van Buskirk

Obituary of Albert Leslie Van Buskirk

Albert Leslie “Les” Van Buskirk, a resident of Burlington for 45 years, passed away at his home with his wife by his side, on Tuesday evening, January 23 2007. The beloved husband of 48 years of Christine (Conner), he was 88 years old. Les was born and raised in Malden. He was the son of the late John F. & Helen Van Buskirk. Les was a veteran of Word War II serving his country in the United States Army. He served in the Eastern Mandates, Western Pacific and Southern Philippines Campaigns. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 Bronze Service Star, and the Victory Medal. After leaving the service he went on to attend Art School in Boston for three years. Les then began a successful career as a Commercial Artist working for many years at the Herald in Boston. Les enjoyed all kinds of sports. During his youth he was a great tennis player. In later years he took up table tennis. He had a passion for salt-water fishing, which he passed on to his wife Christine. Before his health began to decline he enjoyed going to the Senior Center where he would play cards, take one of their trips to Foxwoods or go bowling. Les and his wife enjoyed taking trips by car throughout New England and Canada. They had visited Newfoundland in Canada. One of their favorite places to visit in New England was York Beach. He enjoyed working around his yard and painting. He was a great cook and especially enjoyed cooking for the holidays. Les was a kind and generous man who will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. Les is the beloved husband of 48 years of Christine (Conner). He is the loving brother of Mabel Bainbridge of Malden and the late Pearl Angelick, Charles, Frank and Howard Van Buskirk. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington (Exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m. Visiting hours Friday 6-8 p.m. Interment with Military Honors will be held in Pine Haven Cemetery, BURLINGTON. Memorials in Les’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.
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