Share This Obituary

Memories & Candles

“Dearest Buckingham Family,It takes a long time to get used to the loss of someone we love. But it's important to remember that when people pass away...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Lansing III, Megan, Lanny IV Horan - TX

“Sharon, Marty & Family, heartfelt belated condolences & prayers for the loss of a great man...a rock. Ros & Doreen were an inspiration to many. I'm...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Steve Graham - Lk.Meade, E.Berlin, PA

“Mr. Buckingham took great interest in finding me Summer employment and gave me many odd jobs around his home. He was the original home in the Bohling...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Joe Fletcher - Utica

“What a great friend and neighbor. He always made sure that I had a Summer Job, and took great interest in my future. The original resident of the...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Buckingham was a wonderful teacher and one of my favorites. He made learning fun and exciting. He used many acronyms to help us learn. I have...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Beth Marmelstein Mac - Chaumont, NY

“Mr. Buckingham, a teacher with a sense of humor and caring. Thank you for the wonderful example you set for all you were around. I will never forget...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Martha Zarker Bergmann - OH

“I first met Ros at Utica College when he stopped in to the Alumni office to initiate plans for the 50th reunion of UC's first graduating class-that...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Barbara Friemann - Ilion, NY

“I am sure my siblings would all agree that Ros was by far the funniest local guy we ever knew. Our lives have been enhanced by having Ros and...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Maria Jones - Salem, MA

“I didn't know Roswell personally but have had the good fortune of having his son, Pete, as one of my best friends. I believe you can often judge a...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Cholly Hoffner - Berryville, VA

“He was always a fine neighbor. Although I never had him as a teacher, he inspired many in my class. My condolences on your loss. He will be missed ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: Maureen MacEnroe Mallette - VA

“I always admired Ros for his unique sense of humor of which the rest of my siblings can attest. We were so fortunate to have Ros and Doreen as...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Maria Jones - Salem, MA

“I had Mr. Buckingham as a teacher when it was Ralph Perry Jr. High. He was respected and liked by everyone. ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy Savett - Sarasota, FL

“I would like to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. I was one of your fathers students way back in 1974. I took NY State History from him in...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: John Cittadino - Whitesboro, NY

“I always enjoyed a chat (debate?) with Roz. A great man, a pleasure to be with. His legacy - his great children - are a tribute. ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Buckingham was always fair and did the difficult job of a disciplinarian and assistant principal well ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: Jean Roy - Cherry Valley, NY

“Roz was a wonderful person and will be missed. We will remember his kindness and gentle ways. My Mom always looked forward to their drives to Old...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Evelyn Rozansiki and Kenton Johnson - NY

“Aloha Mr. Buckingham ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Joan Bogner Lyons - honolulu, HI

“My wife Anna and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to all the family members.I first met Mr.Buckingham in 8th.grade social studies at New...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Ingolf Hack - Clinton, NY

“Though I don't Know Roz's extended family my sympathies go to all of you. A great gentleman has passed from body to spirit. What a wonderful world...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Bill Chanatry - New Hartford, BY, NY

“I'm very sorry to hear about your father Sharon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Beverly Palandro - NY

“Mr. Buckingham was the assistant principal during my high school years. I graduated in 1963. He was a gentleman and excellent administrator. He...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Janet Wood-Yates - Gloversville, NY

“My memory of him from my 7th grade NYS history class back in '72-'73 is of a truly decent man. I am sorry for the loss your family must be feeling. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Ed Synakowski - Chevy Chase, MD

“I am sorry to learn of the passing of Roswell. He was a great teacher and a respected colleague. ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: John Brady - lafayette, LA

“Cannot say I know Roz's extended family but to you let me extend my sympathies, Hewas agentlema by any definition. What a great world this could be...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. He was such a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy Brown-Rand - Sauquoit, NY

“A true friend of many years that will be greatly missed. ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Brown-Saporito - Sauquoit, NY

“Ros was one of those teachers you never forget. My condolences to his family. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Gerald L Marketos, MD - Rome, NY

Roswell W. Buckingham New Hartford Roswell W. Buckingham 88, of New Hartford passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 19, 2013 at Faxton St. Luke's Health Care, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born in Utica on March 5, 1925 a son of the late Roy C. & Nellie (Woodworth) Buckingham. He was a graduate of T.R. Proctor High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Utica College of Syracuse University and a Masters degree from Albany State Teachers College. During World War II he served his country with honor in the United States Air Force. While attending Utica College he met the love of his life, Doreen Darrigrand. They married on August 25, 1951 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica and enjoyed nearly 51 years together until her passing on July 25, 2002. Above all else, Roswell was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved and cherished the time he spent with his family and dear friends. Roswell was very active in his community. He was a long time member of St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford where he served on many committees over the years. In 1980 he retired from the New Hartford Junior Senior High School. He was employed 29 years as a teacher and assistant principal. He also served as a Trustee of the Village of New Hartford and Director of Elderly Programs of the Town of New Hartford. He served as past Presidents of the New Hartford Teachers Association, St. John the Evangelist School Board, St. John's Holy Name Society and the Utica College Alumni Association. He was past Vice President of the Utica College Foundation Board and an Emeritus Director of that board. He received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Utica College in 1970 and the College Service Alumni Award in 1999, and the College Hall of Fame Award in 2003. He is survived by his children, Linda West and her husband Page of Winston-Salem, NC, Robert Buckingham and his wife Anita (Dzuiban), of Easthampton, MA, Sharon Rozanski and her husband Martin of Penfield, NY, Peter Buckingham and his wife Torunn (Johansen) of Potomac Falls, VA, and Mary Serour and her husband George of New Hartford. He also leaves 15 beloved and adored grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Barbara Newkirk and Dorothy Guido and two brothers, Clayton and Robert Buckingham, and a special sister-in-law, Shirley Perry. The family wishes to sincerely thank St. John the Evangelist Church for their Pastoral Care and visits which were truly appreciated. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM at St John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home 13 Oxford Rd. New Hartford. For those who wish please consider a donation to St. John the Evangelist Church. For online expressions of sympathy please go to

Funeral Home
Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Homes
13 Oxford Rd New Hartford, NY 13413
Tel. (315) 724-6105
Email Us