Richard James Buckland, 87, of Sandwich died August 19 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Plymouth, following a long illness.
He was the husband of Carolyn Mary (DeWolfe) Buckland.
The son of Richard and Violet (Williamson) Buckland, he grew up in Chelsea. Upon graduating from high school, he served in both the United States Marine Corps and Air Force during the Korean War.
Following his time in the military, Mr. Buckland began his career at New England Telephone Company, where he was a longtime manager. He also spent some time working as a real estate agent and loved talking about real estate with just about anyone.
Mr. Buckland ran the Sandwich Flea Market for many years.
He and his wife traveled across the US in a motor home; the couple missed visiting only two states. An avid runner, he also was well read, a writer and a painter, and was a student of many different hobbies and pastimes.
In addition to his wife, he leaves three children, Linda Buckland and her husband, James Morando, of Walpole, Stephen J. Buckland and his wife, Lisa-Lee Buckland, of Sandwich and Kevin J. Buckland and his partner, Jessica A. Byrne, also of Sandwich; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will take place on Thursday, August 27, from 9 to 10:30 AM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue in Mashpee.
A graveside service will follow at 11:30 AM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.