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1933 Albert 2020

Albert Ruel Buckham

March 5, 1933 — August 13, 2020

Camp Hill

Albert Ruel Buckham, 87, Harrisburg, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at The Gardens of West Shore.

Born March 5, 1933 in Jamaica, he was the son of the late Alva Buckham and Eugenie McKintosh ; was a retired home health aide in New York and had been employed by the Jamaican Sanitation Department.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Merdell V. Buckham in 2011; several brothers and sisters, and a step-son.

Raised in the Baptist church, Albert was a faithful and devoted Christian who read his bible every morning and evening. He was polite and respectful, and was loved by all whom knew him. Albert enjoyed playing cricket, dominoes and the lotto (which he won often); watching baseball (and cheering on the Yankees); and loved all music, especially gospel and reggae.

Surviving are his children: Avis Buckham, Pauline Houghton, Valerie “Rose” Buckham, Patrick Buckham, Sharon Buckham, Sophia “Suzette” Buckham, Sharlene Buckham, Sillin “Arlene” Buckham; step-children: Iris, Lucas, Herman, Bunny and Dunstan; his siblings: Cynthia Blackwood (and husband, Norris), Liz-Roselyn Buckham, Elca Gray, Oscar Buckham (and wife, Paulette), Alton Buckham (and wife, Esmilda), “Pa” Buckham and “Vi” Buckham; and 25 grandchildren: Monika, Sharnika, Ashley, Kevon, Daquan, Faith, Shaline, Tanisha, Wade, Cliffannie, Ruth, Rashawn, Ryheem, Nickolas, Davion, Kim, Toya Kerisha, Tanielle, Dionne, Roxanne, Tina, Wendy, Nickesha, Junior and Jermaine; 6 step-grandchildren: Chrissy, Shelly, Latoya, Terry-Ann, Everald and Richard; and many, many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and dear friends, all of whom will miss him greatly.

Private services will be held August 22, 2020 at Kimmel Funeral Home, Harrisburg.

*Update* Mr. Buckham's brother, Oscar, has since passed away and joins his brother in Heaven

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