Honors & Achievements

Somerset County: "Lady Liberty" Mary Buckshaw Celebrates 100th Birthday

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Hillsborough centenarian Mary Buckshaw in costume as Lady Liberty was a crowd pleaser at the township's 2017 Memorial Day Parade. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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From left, Hillsborough Committeemen Greg Burchette and Doug Tomson, Mary Buckshaw, Mayor Carl Suraci, Committeeman Frank DelCore and Mary's son Stephen Buckshaw. Credits: Courtesy Hillsborough Township
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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township officials honored centenarian Mary Buckshaw at the Township Committee meeting earlier this week, as friends and and relatives joined the ceremony at the township municipal building.

She will celebrate her 100th Birthday on July 23, 2017.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 23, 1917 and moved to 5th Street in Flagtown with her parents when she was five years old.  She married Stephen J Buckshaw, Sr. on July 24, 1938 and they remained happily married for 12 years until Stephen's passing in 1950.  Mary and Stephen had three children, Stephen of Flagtown, Barbara of Flagtown, Mary Ann of Hopewell, six grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. 

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Mrs. Buckshaw was employed at Ortho Pharmaceuticals for 31 years, has been active participant in the community for over 80 years and has been an active charter member of Flagtown Fire Company #1 Ladies Auxiliary since it founding in 1938.

She is also a charter member of both the original Senior Club formed in 1974 and then later the Hillsborough Senior Citizens Chapter B, formed on July 1, 1993, with whom she has enjoyed many travel adventures. 

Additionally, Mrs. Buckshaw is a charter member of the senior dance group, the Rockettes and Rocket, and has performed with the group for more than 24 years.  She enjoys playing her role as "Lady Liberty" in the annual Hillsborough Township Memorial Day parade and has recently played the part of "Lady Mame" in the Villagers Theater Senior Performing Arts Festival. 

She continues to live an active life and attributes her longevity to "always being  happy" and "never complaining." 
 

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