Philip E. Buxton, 66, husband of Betheda Shuman

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obit-philip-buxtonWestborough – Philip Edward Buxton, 66, of Westborough, passed away at home Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, surrounded by loving family. He was born Oct. 18, 1950 in Worcester to Lewis and Dorothy Buxton, both of Worcester.

He was educated at Hopkinton High School, graduating in 1968, and participated in a variety of sports, including track and gymnastics. He then enlisted in the United States Navy, serving on the USS Detroit as an Electrician’s Mate from 1968 to 1972, during which time he received the National Defense Service medal. Phil continued his education, taking courses at Worcester State University, Mass Bay College, becker University.

In his early life, Phil worked many different types of jobs in a variety of fields. He ten worked for over 20 years as a computer technician for Digital. Later, he worked for Encore Party Rentals as an event site specialist. His most recent career was as a dental equipment technician, working first for Patterson Co. and lastly working for Henry Schein Inc.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Dorothy Buxton, and his sister, Christine Tirado. He is survived by his loving wife, Betheda Shuman; his step-son, March Shuman and wife Donna; his step-daughter, Adriane Ashton and her husband Robert; his grandchildren, Nicholas and Isabelle Shuman; his brothers, David Buxton, Kevin Buxton, and Steven Buxton; his sisters, Marianne Dowen, Sandra Buxton, and Patricia Brewer; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews who all enjoyed his company immensely.

Phil enjoyed many years involved in both the new England Escadrille and the Atlantic warbirds, rebuilding WWII aircrafts, and participating in multiple air shows. He was a member of the Northborough Fish and Game for over 20 years, as well as the Marlborough Fish and Game for the last year. He also served as a member of the Westborough Cultural Council for six years.

Phil was a generous man who loved animals and spending time with his family. He was a person who anticipated the needs of others and just quietly acted. He also enjoyed music and was an avid dancer.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 16 at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough, with burial at Beit Olam Cemetery in Wayland. Shiva was held at his residence on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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