BERNARD BUCKLEY, Terenure, Dublin and late of Duagh, Listowel, Co Kerry, a strong, fiesty and independent man, passed away on Friday, June 1. He was also a fighter who showed remarkable resilience when sick, was always positive, never accepting the ordinary and always looking to do better.
But for his friends and family and those that worked with him that was not the best part of him, all would say his greatest strength was his love of fun and devilment. He was the ' arch' leg puller; he loved having the craic with everybody. Time and again he amazed them by being able to cheer people up with just the right words at the right time.
His love for life manifested itself in how he liked to spend time with people and on his own. He was as happy in a gang of people at the Curragh races as he was on the side of a mountain with his gun dogs or shouting on his beloved kingdom in Croke Park. He didn't like drink and would often pour his pint out into nearby plants, but he loved his food and had a healthy appetite.
A great business mind he had the guts and determination to start not one but two businesses from scratch risking everything he possessed but backing himself to succeed.
His drive in life was in making sure his children had everything they needed. Education was first and then sporting interests and whatever they were interested in he got into. His dream was to make sure they would grow up financially independent and each had their own roof over our heads. He was very proud of us his kids and all his nine grandchildren - Scott, Kattie, Robin, Sophie, Rian, Chris, Jack, Douglas and Anna.
His lessons in life to us were many and a few of them would be: Enjoy life to the fullest it is very short; Don't panic when you get a solicitor's letter; Never ever pee against the wind; You came into this world with nothing and you will leave with nothing it's how you live it that matters; Never think someone else is better than you; Your family always come first; Don't leave it too late to have kids so you can enjoy them; The eleventh commandment is - thou shall not get caught; Never let anything beat you, get up and go again; Don't listen to begrudgers; In business always be hard but be straight with people; Look out for those who can't look out for themselves; And always, always ask for a discount.
If you were to judge a man's life by how well he achieved his dreams then Bernard lived a good life. He loved his wife Maura and she loved him in their own way, asking for her to be by his bedside when he needed her, she was there for him.
Another of Bernard's great characteristics was his generosity. He always taught his family to look out for those who didn't have anything or needed a leg up. Bernard was old school and he did things his way.
His timing in life was always good and picking the start of the Listowel races for his funeral with so many of the people he cared about here was his last masterstroke.
Aged 71, Bernard was born in 1941 to parents Ted and Moll Buckley and his siblings were brothers Michael, Tim and Ray and sister Rena.
Educated at St Michael's, Listowel, Bernard was employed initially as a medical rep and moved to Dublin in 1970 where he was married in 1970 to his beloved Maura who hailed from Tyrone.
Shortly after moving to Dublin he started from scratch two very successful waste management companies. His three sons followed in his footsteps setting up their successful waste management/ recycling businesses. The Buckley name is well known and respected in the industry and Bernard would have been one of the founders of the industry in Ireland.
Bernard was always a true Kerryman travelling back to the Kingdom regularly, on every occassion he would tell his family that he wanted to be buried in his family plot in Listowel with his parents and siblings
Like all good Kerrymen, football was in his blood, he had his own seats in Croke Park and he enjoyed going to watch as many games as possible. He was the first to tell all new comers to Croke Park that Sam will soon be home again with Fungi. He loved his hunting dogs and nothing gave him more pleasure that going hunting over his homelands in Meenanare, Duagh.
He travelled extensively in his later years taking in all the sights that the young people of today travel too ( Vietnam, Thailand etc).
He gave a lot back to the Kingdom most of which he never talked about - giving people who contacted him a leg up into a new job, helped them getting settled into Dublin for new jobs/studies, a few bob to help people over a bump, honest advice even when it meant telling someone to cop themselves on.
The Buckleys are related to the Brogans of the Dublin team as their mother Marie Stack is a first cousin of Bernard's. Bernard used sit beside Marie and Bernard Brogan Sr in Croke Park (he still always shouted for Kerry!).
Bernard would have known the Brogan lads since they were kids, regularly giving them encouragement. He attributes their skills to their Kerry genes.
During his wake in Dublin, Bernard Jr and Paul Brogan helped to lift his coffin and remarked that they should slip in a Dublin jersey beside his Kerry hat which he would had loved.