Justice John T Buckley, who rose to become an associate justice of the State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division died Tuesday, according to an obituary filed by Nunn and McGrath Funeral Directors.
Buckley was born in 1936 and served the Utica area in the state Assembly from 1967 to 1972. He also ran unsuccessfully for Congress against other well-known political figures of his day, including Sherwood Boehlert, then an aide to retiring Congressman Alexander Pirnie; then-state Sen. James Donovan and then-Assemblyman Don Mitchell of Herkimer. Mitchell won that race and was later succeeded in the office by Boehlert.
He was first elected the bench as an Oneida County Court judge in 1979, and was re-elected to the position for a second 10-year term in 1989. He left that position in 1994, however, when he was elected state Supreme Court judge.
In 1999, he was designated to the state Appellate Division by then-Gov. George Pataki.
Buckley is a 1958 graduate of Georgetown University and Albany Law School in 1961. He graduated from St. Francis DeSales Hight School in Utica in.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements are under the direction of Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors.