Sara Long  Buck

Obituary of Sara Long Buck

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Sara "Sally" Long Buck died early in the morning of August 23, 2014, at her home in Princeton, New Jersey surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Sally's family meant everything to her and we miss her unconditional love and support. Sally's community spirit and faith guided her many contributions to the Princeton and Hobe Sound communities. She was a wise, loving, kind, devoted, selfless and generous woman with an untiring sense of humor and a long repertoire of one-liners! Sally was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, to Helen and Norman Herbert Long. Her father was a Colonel in the US Army Air Force in The Great War and was in the Air Force Reserve in World War Two, requiring the family to move at times to Pensicola, Florida, during training times. Sally graduated from Roland Park Country School, and attended Goucher College, both in Baltimore. Her only and older sister, Margaret, died young in 1977. Though born and raised in Baltimore, Sally's allegiance has been to the Philadelphia Phillies since marrying Alexander K Buck in 1954. When her beloved husband, an ownership partner of the Phillies since 1981, died in 2010, Sally and her sons, Alexander K. Buck, Jr, and N. Harrison Buck, became partners in the ownership of the Phillies. Sally was a loyal and avid fan of the Phillies through the long, difficult seasons and thrilled as the Phillies became a force from 2007-2011. She frequently attended games and kept score, and when away, she and her husband listened to games on her car radio from a hilltop at her summer home in midcoast Maine. Sally loved everyone in the Phillies organization, from the office, kitchen and dining room staff, to announcers, vendors, ushers, to players and their families, and the family that is the Phillies partnership. Her positive, can-do spirit lifted the team. Sally loved Nature, children and animals and freely supported causes, both personally and through her family foundation, that aimed to help children and their families and communities thrive, and to protect the woods, waters, fields, oceans, and creatures of New Jersey, Cape Cod, Maine, and Florida. Trinity Church in Princeton benefitted from her many years of volunteering at the front desk, the Vestry, the alter guild, on search committees, and the rummage sale. In turn, Trinity has always provided her with spiritual comfort and guidance, support and love. Many Princeton institutions were strengthened by her generous support and wisdom and tireless volunteer contributions, including Princeton Hospital Admitting and Events and the Christmas Hospital Boutique, Princeton Day School's board of trustees, The Contemporary Garden Club, and Morven. Sally also served on the alter guild of Christ Church Chapel of Hobe Sound, Florida. She adored the Philadelphia Orchestra where she was a season ticket holder until her last days. Since his death in October 2010, Sally has sorely missed her husband of 56 years, Alexander K. "Whip" Buck. She is survived by her sons and their wives: Alexander K. Buck, Jr., and Anne Emmons Buck; N. Harrison Buck and Nancy Brown Buck; her grandchildren and their spouses and her great-grandchildren: Sarah M. Buck and Johnny Ritzo; N. Harrison Buck, Jr., and Mallory N. Buck; Alexander K Buck, III, and Allison W. Buck, and their sons, Angus W. Buck and Arlo A. Buck; and Henry R. Buck and Caroline G. Buck. The entire Buck family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude and love to Mom's loyal, talented and tireless friends and caregivers: Monica Parsons, Ruth Haynes, and Michele Mathelier. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church of Princeton on Wednesday, August 27th at 11am, followed by a reception at the Nassau Club of Princeton. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you would please consider making a gift to Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, or in her honor at Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
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