Albert A. ‘Al’ Buitkus

June 25, 2015

Albert A. ‘Al’ Buitkus
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

ALBERT A. “AL” BUITKUS – of Stoneham, Thursday, June 25th. Beloved husband of the late Charlina M. (Duran) Buitkus. Devoted father of Mary Beth DeAngelis and her husband Mario of Woburn, Stephen Buitkus and his wife Virginia of Reading, and Charlene Flaherty and her husband Stephen of Woburn. Dear brother of the late Anne White and Viola “Vi” Rurak. Cherished “Gramps” of Rick Garrity, Julie Dowd, Stephen and Gregory Buitkus, Taylor and Kyle Flaherty, and Jonathan DeAngelis, and “Great-Gramps” of 8 great-grandchildren. Loving uncle of Michael Rurak. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, June 29th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Al’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.

OBITUARY:

Albert A. “Al” Buitkus passed away amongst his beloved family, Thursday evening, June 25th. The devoted husband of the late Charlina M. (Duran) Buitkus, he was eighty-eight years of age.

Born in Haverhill, Al was one of three children born to the late Anthony and Julia Buitkus. Raised and educated in the Bradford Section of Haverhill, Al graduated from Bradford High School. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy where he was trained in air plane engines and became certified to work on aircraft and engines, while serving his country. He also took part in setting and printing the weekly newsletter, which was distributed amongst his fellow navy seaman.

Upon his return from the service Al secured a position in the printing industry. He began at Bennett’s in Boston for over twenty years and finished up at Globe Tickets, at sixty-eight years young!

While riding the train to Boston each day, Al met a young lady named Charlene. She happened to be in front of him boarding the train when suddenly her shoe fell off! That was the very beginning of a wonderful lifelong commitment. They married in 1949 and for the next fifty years and six days remained devoted to each other.

They brought three children into the world of whom they were extremely proud. Hampton Beach is where they vacationed and lots of family and friends surrounded them in the making of some truly fond memories. As the children grew and they began their own families Al was thrilled to take on the moniker, “Gramps” and over the last several years “Great Gramps!” From playing hockey outside with them and his cane, to attending all of their wonderful sporting and academic events, he so enjoyed it all. An avid sportsman himself, he was a “die hard” Red Sox fan since childhood. Always he had a front row seat in his home or his children’s, enjoying one inning after the other with family! At least a couple times during the season he and family members would take in a game with the Sox and of course the Patriots too!

Al and his wife travelled widely during their fifty years. They loved the islands and would travel by trains, boats and ships, to where ever they were headed. On one special occasion they all took a cruise together parents, children and grandchildren and had one phenomenal time! They also enjoyed spending time in Florida with family members to pass the cold months on to sunnier and warmer fare!

A very gentle, humble and dedicated man, he shared great faith throughout his life and with his family. He was a very active parishioner at St. Patrick’s in Stoneham and had remained devoted and strong in his beliefs throughout his life.

In addition to his parents and wife, Al was predeceased by his sisters, Anne White and Viola “Vi” Rurak.

He is lovingly survived by his devoted children, Mary Beth DeAngelis and her husband Mario of Woburn, Stephen Buitkus and his wife Virginia of Reading, and Charlene Flaherty and her husband Stephen of Woburn; his grandchildren, Rick Garrity, Julie Dowd, Stephen and Gregory Buitkus, Taylor and Kyle Flaherty, and Jonathan DeAngelis; his eight great-grandchildren; and his nephew, Michael Rurak.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, June 29th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Al’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.

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  1. Dear Stephen, Ginny and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful man.
    Love, Peace, Cathy and Greg Murray

  2. So very sorry to read abut Uncle Al’s passing . He was always a true gentleman, a loving husband, a great dad and an extremely proud grandfather / great grandfather. He was truly blessed to have had such a love filled life . RIP Godfather .

  3. Al,
    You sure will be missed especially at my St. Patrick dinner that you loved so much, Always going home with left overs and a loaf of Irish bread.
    You were a great husband, father and grandfather your family willl miss you as we all will.
    Alice (Dowe) McDonnell

  4. Mary & Julie,

    I was so sorry to hear the news. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

    Bob Hayes
    KeyPoint Partners

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