Jim Buckner passed away this morning, 7th July 2013, at 9 am, at the Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Angeles City. He was 74. Those who knew him will always remember his wry humor, cagey smile and uncompromising principles. Although the cancer he had been fighting for two years was not the cause of death, it obviously played a part in causing his heart to fail.
Jim served in the US Air Force for 20 years and was the Kokomo’s daytime restaurant manger and latterly worked at the Paradise beer garden. Jim and I had known each other for many years. One day, we were chatting and he asked "Dave, why don't you have any black managers?" I said "Because no one ever asked for a job. Are you interested?" He said "Yes" and thus was the start of a 7 year relationship. Besides Kokomo's, he did fill in at the bars. He was well liked and respected by everyone on our staff. He is survived by his wife two daughters, Christine and Janet. Details of the cremation and blessing will follow. May he rest in peace.
This was sent to me this evening. I heard about Jim's passing earlier today and it was, indeed, very sad news. I have known Jim for many years. I first met him when I was learning how to play darts back in 1991 and he was on a dart team with Ray Williams and Buddy Mcguire. He was a great guy, always a gentlemen, had a keen sense of humor, intelligent and just an all around nice guy. We always joked about his green monster car that he stayed loyal to despite its age and deteriorating condition. Despite his illness he always kept a smile on his face and never complained. He never looked his age, Damn, he will be missed and now another one of the long time expats of our small community has left us. I sincerely wish it was not true as this news was hard to take. Good bye Jim, you will be remembered for a hell of a long time.