Ipswich — Wilfred L. van Buskirk, Jr., 91, longtime resident of High Street, Ipswich and husband of the late Viola G. (Gianakakis) van Buskirk, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013, in the Golden Living Center, Gloucester, following his brief illness.
Born in Providence, RI, June 4, 1922, son of the late Wilfred L. and Helen (Taylor) van Buskirk, he was raised in Topsfield, a 1940 graduate of Topsfield High School. Following graduation he entered the US Navy. During WWII he served as a gunner’s mate aboard PT313 in the Mediterranean. He was an Honorably Discharged veteran decorated with a “Combat Action Ribbon.” Married in 1948 in the Greek Orthodox Church in Ipswich, the van Buskirks made their home and raised their family at his late High Street address. Throughout the years he was employed as a draftsman in the Turbine Division of General Electric in Lynn retiring in 1979.
As a youth he played high school varsity football and basketball. Growing up he and his friends enjoyed their many swims in Hoods Pond. As an adult he enjoyed classic automobiles and auto repair.
He was a Charter Member of the I.U.E. #201 in Lynn, a member of Ipswich V.F.W. Post #1093, Boston DAV Post and the Ipswich American Legion Post #92.
He is survived by a son, Peter van Buskirk of Gloucester; a daughter, Sandra Gauthier and her husband, William, of Ipswich; seven grandchildren, Bradley van Buskirk of Gloucester, Elissa Bishop of Seattle, Sasha Berry of Ipswich, Maia Jordan of Beverly, Aimee Gauthier, Arianne Gauthier and Gabrielle Gauthier, all of Ipswich; five great-grandchildren; a brother, William van Buskirk of Topsfield and three nieces.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service with Military Honors will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Rd., Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave a condolence please visit www.whittier-porter.com.