Obituaries

T. Garry Buckley, 89, former lieutenant governor of Vermont

T. Garry Buckley on the campaign trail in Bennington, Vt., in 1980. He also worked as a real estate broker and helped many families buy their first house.
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T. Garry Buckley on the campaign trail in Bennington, Vt., in 1980. He also worked as a real estate broker and helped many families buy their first house.

STOWE, Vt. — Former lieutenant governor T. Garry Buckley, a Republican who won the office ­despite losing a general election, has died at age 89.

Mr. Buckley’s family said he died peacefully of old age Wednesday in Stowe, where he lived with his wife.

Mr. Buckley became lieutenant governor in 1977 after losing the general election the year before. No candidate received a majority, so the Legislature picked the victor.

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Democrat John Alden won 48.4 percent of the popular vote, Mr. Buckley won 47.6 percent, and John Franco, of the Liberty Union, won 4 percent. In the joint session of the Legislature, Mr. ­Buckley won 90 votes, Alden 87, and Franco one. Mr. Buckley served until 1979.

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One of his sons, David, said he will remember his father as a ‘‘very strong man’’ who was ‘‘a role model for everyone.’’

He said his father worked for years as a well-respected real estate broker and not a day goes by that someone doesn’t say to him, ‘‘Your dad helped me buy my first house.’’