FORMER Copley High School assistant headteacher Joe Buckley has died at the age of 74 following a short illness.
Joe spent the majority of his long and illustrious teaching career at what is today Copley Academy.
He was also one of Greenfield’s best-known residents.
The success of Greenfield Brass Band Contest was largely down to Joe who served on its committee and was a former chairman.
A post on the Greenfield Brass Band Contest Facebook page read: “Joe was the chairman and lynchpin of our committee for 43 years before retiring a few years ago.
“Many of you will remember him and, for those of you who don’t, you missed out on knowing a wonderful gentleman who was a huge part of making our contest into the fantastic event we know and love today.
“He will be greatly missed but his memory will live on in Greenfield for many, many years to come. Rest in peace, Joe xxx.”
Greenfield Cricket Club also paid tribute to their former groundsman who died on Saturday, November 3. He was an honorary life member of the club.
Their Facebook post read; “It is with great sadness that we have to record the death of Joe Buckley who passed away at the weekend after a period of illness. He died at his home on Ladhill Lane with his family beside him.
“Joe was one of our club trustees and regular sponsor over the years, but he will perhaps be best remembered for the period in the 1980s and 90s when he was our volunteer groundsman.
“To say Joe was a keen gardener is to seriously understate the case and he brought the same dedication to his care of our square as he did to his own patch and his hanging baskets.
“We will miss his good company on the boundary edge where the old stories just got better every year. RIP old friend.”
Joe was born on Chew Valley Road and after beginning his working life for a short time in the drawing office at Greenfield Paper Mill, he pursued a career in teaching and by his retirement aged 60 was deputy headteacher at Copley High School.
After retiring from Copley, Joe had a part-time job overseeing moderators for GCSE examinations and also ran training courses for them.
According to widow Beryl, Joe was also a “fantastic gardener” who grew and exhibited chrysanthemums and dahlias.
Beryl added was a handyman and known as “Mr Fix It” and lived life to the full saying he put 25 hours into a 24-hour day.
She said she was “overwhelmed” by the messages she has received, something son Jim also referred to. Joe also leaves grandsons Jack and Tom.