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Frank Buckley was born in 1884 in County Cork, Ireland. He came to Squamish in 1903 to construct the Empire Mills building which he would later own. He left Squamish when the construction was complete.
In December 1907, he returned to Squamish on the S.S. Britannia. He had planned to go on to Pemberton but there was too much snow to travel.
He worked for the Squamish Timber Co. at Cheekye in 1908. He left the Logging Camp in May of 1908 and snowshoed to Pemberton. He then worked at Dominion Salmon Hatchery at Owl Creek near Pemberton.
In 1912 when the PGE railway was being built, he moved back to Squamish and set up a transfer business. He took goods from the wharf to the station. He stayed at his sister Mrs Jack Roayne's farm.
He was the first Imperial Oil Agent in the Squamish Valley.
In 1913 he lost his horses when they were frightened by a boat's whistle and jumped off the wharf to drown.
On October 11, 1914, Frank married Doris Galbraith. They were the first couple married in Squamish. The ceremony was conducted by Reverend Hoyle in St. John the Divine Church (Anglican). The bridesmaid was Mrs J. Hellinger. Their first son David Franklin was born on October 24, 1915. They lived in a house in the later location of the Overwaitea.
He started to work for the PGE in 1916 and quickly worked his way to locomotive engineer. He was the third locomotive engineer to work for the PGE.
His son Brian Buckley was born in Vancouver on October 20, 1930. He and Doris later had a third son, Kenneth (Mike). David Franklin (first son) died in Squamish on August 30, 1932.
The Buckley's moved to a home near Buckley's crossing in 1938. His son Kenneth died in World War II.
Frank retired from the railway after 35 years in 1949. His son Brian married May Franson in 1950. His son's wife, May, died on August 18, 1977. Frank's wife died on January 7, 1978.
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Frank was Sidesman and People's Warden for St. John the Divine Church (Anglican) from 1913 to 1922. He was a lay delegate for the Church of St. John the Divine from 1936 to 1940.
He was the Commissioner of the District of Squamish in 1954.
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- January 7, 1978