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In loving memory of
Robert Buzzell
  • December 09, 1934
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  • November 12, 2017

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A Boy. A Girl. A Beach. and Baseball

All you ever need for a wonderful life.

Robert (Buzz) Buzzell had a wonderful life.

As he said shortly before he died on November 12, 2017 about himself and his beautiful wife of 60 years, Judy-  “We’ve been everywhere and done everything” “what more could you want?”

Buzz and Judy’s beloved Red Sox won in 2004, 2007 and 2013. What more could you want?

But I’m skipping ahead, what about that beach?

Fresh out of the U.S. Army where he served in Korea in the late fifties, he and some buddies headed for a Connecticut Beach in Hammonasset one eventful day.

After approaching two girls on a beach blanket to ask if one of them would like to take a dip, Judy Smith accepted the challenge and did so for the next 60 years ” what more could you want?”

Judy and Buzz raised their two children, Scott and Robin while he worked for Northeast/Delta airlines for the next 35 years, traveling everywhere free and in first class. Who needed road trips in the family car when you had access to a fleet of obliging aircraft? ” what more could you want?”

Buzz was beloved by his vast circle of lifelong friends and extensive family including his six adoring grandchildren.

He and Judy lived an optimistic and charmed life and were truly blessed to have met on that beach more than 60 years ago. Buzz touched so many lives with his effervescent attitude and remained a kid at heart.

He will remain that little boy on the Bristol, Connecticut sandlot playing baseball until well after dusk defying his father yelling to him “Robert, please get in the car” over and over…  “what more could you want?”

Memorials can be made in his name to The Jimmy Fund at http://www.jimmyfundgiving.org/.

 


Instead of flowers, the family would prefer if you would make a donation to
The Jimmy Fund http://www.jimmyfundgiving.org/

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  1. 16 Nov 2017
    Robin, his darling daughter says:
    Some daughters might say that "my dad gave me the world" but in my case, with my dad Buzz, it was quite literal. My earliest memories are not of homelife but instead of travel. In the late 50's after a couple of semesters at Boston college under the GI Bill, my dad was searching for more. He answered an ad for an Airline school hiring for the fledgling airline industry and he was in. With Northeast airlines first in Hyannis, cape cod, Washington DC then Boston, my father was witness to a series of "Forrest Gump" like moments being in the same place and time as senator John F. Kennedy. JFK was a voracious speed reader and suffered from chronic back pain. While working, my dad would observe JFK always standing flat against the wall reading newspapers while waiting for flights. Jackie Kennedy would be late for her short flight from Hyannis port to Boston and they would have to hold the plane waiting for her to arrive. My backyard/playground was an airport, as from an early age we were constantly on the go. Airline employees and their families garnered first class seats complete with faux fur blankets, cocktails and beautifully crafted meals. Occasionally, my parents would hope a random flight just to have dinner returning late the same evening. As a teenager in CT. I never worked during the summer as we were off to some exotic locale. When I graduated from college, my dad surprised me with a nine country, fourteen day bus tour through Europe. Recently, my husband Andy and me coaxed my parents into joining us for a trip to New Orleans (not a hard sell, as it was my dad's favorite city) Visualizing Bourbon Street through my father's stories of the "Big Easy" times gone by was like being transported back to when the sounds of jazz drifted out on to the streets from all venues not just a couple of places like now. So now I spend every year planning and saving just for elaborate summer vacations. When I returned home each time, I would show my dad all my travel photos and compare notes as invariably he was already there but in a different decade. In our own unique shared language of travel, it felt like he was there with me the whole time. My dad gave me the world..........

  2. 16 Nov 2017
    Patti Lundie says:
    Judi,

    Bob and I are so sorry to hear of Buzzys passing, he was truly one of a kind. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Patti and Bob Lundie

  3. 16 Nov 2017
    Sherrie Fairbrother says:
    Judy, we know how much you miss him, he was a wonderful person and still remains, Kell's "Papa". We love you and hope you find some comfort in all the love surrounding you and the timeless memories you shared. So sorry for your loss,All our Love,
    Sherrie, Kelly & Greg.

  4. 15 Nov 2017
    Your Follett Family says:
    Robin we are so sorry for the loss of your father! Our sincere condolences to you and your family

  5. 15 Nov 2017
    Caroline lit a candle:
    Lit since November 15, 2017 at 11:37:11 AM

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