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James D. Buffington, 78, of Taunton, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of 55 years to Maureen (Karol) Buffington. James was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the son of the late Galen F. and Erma (Schutt) Buffington. He served his country with the United States Navy for six years from 1962-1968. James worked for the City of Taunton Fire Department for 32 years as a firefighter, retiring in 2003. He was a longtime member of the Taunton Fish and Game Club and the Taunton Lodge of Elks #150. He served as a fish warden for the City of Taunton for many years. Jim was a former baseball coach at Taunton West Little League and Taunton Babe Ruth. He was a long time floor hockey coach at Taunton Boys and Girls Club. Jim was an amazing “Pap” to his eight grandchildren. He enjoyed nothing more than watching his grandchildren play sports. He could frequently be found at their softball, baseball and floor hockey games cheering them on. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid cook. Jim was an animal lover who always had a dog by his side, most recently his beloved Mookie and Brady.
Survivors besides his wife are a son Peter Buffington and his wife Michelle of Taunton; eight grandchildren: Jack, William, Quinn, Molly, Isabelle, Charlotte, Elsie and Evelyn; a daughter in law: Juliane Clark of Taunton; a sister: Judy Paul of Elizabethville, PA, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Jason, who passed away in 2020. Calling Hours for Jim will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 4-7pm in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave., Taunton. His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 11am in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will follow in Saint Francis Cemetery Taunton. To light a memorial candle, sign guest book, facility or cemetery directions please visit his tribute page at www.hathawayfunerals,com or call 508 822-3318. Memorial donations in his memory can be made to Taunton West Little League Jason D. Buffington scholarship c/o 611 Norton Ave Taunton MA 02780.
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Taunton West Little League Jason D. Buffington scholarship
c/o 611 Norton Ave., Taunton MA 02780