Alfred James Buchanan, Jr. | 1924 - 2012 | Obituary

Alfred James Buchanan, Jr.
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Alfred James Buchanan, Jr.

Born: April 13, 1924
Died: February 29, 2012

Alfred James Buchanan, Jr., age 87, went home to be with the Lord on February 29, 2012.


Jim was born in Lambertville, NJ on April 13, 1924 and had resided in the house he built in West Amwell Township since 1955. He was the son of Alfred James Buchanan, Sr. and Carolyn Hixson Buchanan. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife of 46 years, Joyce Stout Buchanan.


Jim was a devoted father to his daughter and son-in-law, Donna L. and John W. Zambella, and his son, Alfred James Buchanan, III, all of West Amwell Twp. He was a loving grandfather to Andrew J. Zambella and his fiancée, Suzanne Miller, of Lambertville. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Beverly C. Voorhees, of Lambertville, and E. Virginia Pickett, of Dover, DE; also two nephews, John Pickett, III and Russell Pickett, both of Delaware, as well as his caring church family and many friends.


Jim attended Lambertville High School and the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics, in Newark, NJ. He was employed as a Design Engineer at the N.J. Department of Transportation, in the Design Division, and retired with 37 years of service. He was a member of DOTRA (Dept. of Transportation Retirees Association).


Jim was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church, Lambertville, NJ, for over 50 years. He served as Secretary of the Rambler Bowling League for 25 years. He was also an Honorary Member of the West Amwell Fire Company.


Jim was a World War II Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army as a Tech Sgt., 1st Calvary Div., 8th Engineer Squadron. He was involved in the Pacific Theatre Operations, serving in the Philippines and Japan. He was a member of American Legion Post 120 and a Life Member of VFW Post 7921.


Besides spending time with his family, Jim enjoyed woodworking and was known for the many personalized truck banks he made. He also loved gardening, doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles. He enjoyed listening to big band music, was interested in all kinds of sports, and was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 5, at 11:00 am at the Garefino Funeral Home, 12 N. Franklin St. Rt. 179 Lambertville. Burial will follow in the Holcombe-Riverview Cemetery, Delaware Twp. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2-5 pm and Monday from 10:00 am until the time of the service at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s memory to First Presbyterian Church, 31 No. Union St., Lambertville, NJ 08530, or the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 237, Lambertville, NJ 08530.

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