John M. Buchheit, 83, of Northborough


John M. BuchheitNorthborough – John M. Buchheit, 83, known as “Mick,” passed away on March 1, 2024.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary S. (Higgins) Buchheit, and their six children, of whom he was immensely proud: Corine Parigian (Ted) of Atkinson, NH, John J. Buchheit (Jane Anna Chapman) of Somerville, Bernie Buchheit of Northborough, Julie Peterson (Bill) of Northborough, Michael Buchheit (Kathy) of Wiesbaden, Germany, Katie Buchheit (Ethan Talbert) of Needham, and the fourteen grandchildren who knew him as “Mick.” He also leaves behind his sister, Elizabeth Eagan of Hamburg, NY, and his brother, Paul Buchheit of Lackawanna, NY. Mick was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Buchheit, and his brother-in-law, Richard Eagan.

Born and raised in Lackawanna, New York, Mick was one of four children to John J. and Helen E. (McDonnell) Buchheit. He was a man of spirited generosity whose life was rich with love, laughter, and dedication to his family and community.

Mick graduated from Father Baker H.S. and attended Canisius College, where he earned his degree in Chemistry. It was at Canisius where he met his beloved wife, Mary.

Mick’s career as a nuclear scientist began with the Atomic Energy Commission in West Valley, NY, and Knoxville, TN. In 1972, Mick and Mary relocated to their current home in Northborough when Mick joined Yankee Atomic, where he worked for 38 years.

A devout man, Mick was a 51-year member of St. Rose of Lima Parish, where he served as one of the first eucharistic ministers, sang in the church choir and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mick had a passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and hiking. He always looked forward to the next big expedition to such places as Maine, Canada, Wyoming and Alaska. Mick found joy in helping others, often without fanfare or recognition. He enjoyed listening to music, woodworking and making people laugh.

Calling hours will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8, at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 244 W. Main Street, Northborough. Burial will follow in Howard Street Cemetery, Northborough.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Rose of Lima Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Rose of Lima Parish, 244 W. Main St, Northborough, MA 01532.

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