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Born: Sep 26, 1950

Date of Passing: Jun 02, 2018

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DR. ANTHONY PAUL BUCHNER September 26, 1950 - June 2, 2018 After a long struggle for recovery following a stroke, Anthony Paul Buchner passed away in comfort, at the Health Sciences Centre on Saturday, June 2, surrounded by family. Tony is predeceased by his mother Muriel Buchner (née Savill), and father Josef Buchner. Mourning his passing are his son Alex Buchner; Alex's mother Louise Pujo; fiancée Beverley Cannard; cousins, Theresa and Ulrika Birkholz, and many extended family members and friends in Canada and abroad. Tony was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, on September 26, 1950, and at age four, immigrated to Winnipeg, crossing the Atlantic with his parents on May 20, 1955, on the R.M.S Scythia. He studied Archaeology at the University of Winnipeg (B.A.), Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland (M.A.), and the University of Calgary (Ph.D). Through his work with the University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Government's Historic Resources Branch, he made significant contributions to our understanding of pre-contact indigenous life in the prairies, particularly through his work with Dr. Jack Steinbring, studying rock paintings, petroforms, and the material and spiritual culture of Manitoba's first communities. Later in his career he worked as a Project Officer for the Manitoba Geographical Names Program, which released two volumes: Geographical Names of Manitoba, a catalogue of nearly 12,000 natural features and settlements, with research pertaining to the origins of their names; and A Place of Honour, published as part of the Commemorative Names Project, which officially named more than 4,200 lakes, rivers, creeks, and other landscape features after Manitobans who died in military service. Through the research conducted in this program, Tony was able to provide previously unknown details of military service and a sense of closure to many families. He described his participation in this project as one of the most rewarding accomplishments of his professional life. Tony and Louise Pujo were in a committed relationship for many years before getting married in 1984. They had one son, Alexander Buchner, in 1986. Although their marriage would only last a few years, they maintained a close friendship that would endure for the rest of his life. New love grew in Tony with a longtime colleague, Jennifer Doone. They were together for nearly 20 years, and after Tony took early retirement, they spent their winters exploring new lands, including Cuba and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Sadly, Jenny passed away, after a brief illness, on April 14, 2007. In future years, Tony would return to Puerto Vallarta regularly. There, he established a strong network of friends among fellow snowbirds and expats. Surrounded by the warmth of the sun and the warmth of this new community, he came to refer to Puerto Vallarta as his "happy place". Through this network, he would meet Beverley Cannard of Mindemoya, Ontario, and his heart would open up one last time. Tony and Bev spent many happy days together in Puerto Vallarta and at Bev's home on Manitoulin Island. Tony had particular affection for Bev's family: father Doug; daughter Eva; son Chad and his wife Leah; and grandchildren, Mikayla, Matteo, Damian, Michael, Jack, and Andrew. Sadly, these happy days were cut short when Tony suffered a severe stroke in 2016. We are grateful to the dedicated doctors and nurses who provided care to him in this time at San Javier Hospital in Puerto Vallarta and the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. We are also immensely grateful to the staff at Selkirk's Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program. Friends and family will remember Tony for his warmth, his sense of humour, his razor-sharp intellect, and his love of music. Tony was an accomplished guitarist who played frequent gigs with John Hodgert in Winnipeg, and with the Three Amigos in Puerto Vallarta. Our lives are all richer for having known him. There will be no formal service, but a gathering will be held to celebrate his memory at a later date. If you would like to ensure you receive details, email and Alex will pass on event information when the time comes. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice are welcome. Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in stories and condolences for the family by visiting Tony's memorial page at INTEGRITY Cremation & Funeral Planning 204 295 5408 -

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 09, 2018

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I first met Tony at St. George School in St. Vital. Went to school until grade 9. After that I ran into Tony from time to time over the years. I remember him as a kind, gentle person and fun to be around. He will be missed. - Posted by: Robert James Mackidd (Childhood Friend) on: Aug 18, 2018

  • Because of some problems with the Ontario government and one of the archaeologists in the area, I didn't get a chance to credit Tony Buchner's help in the matter of Cree artifacts, so I am going to do that now. Back in 1978 Jack Steinbring asked me if I would be interested in doing some work with some Indian students on the Albany River. I said I would and the Constance Lake Historical Project phase two was under way. We flew into the Cheepay River and made camp. Later we left some of the students to work the sites and three of us took a canoe down the Cheepay River to the mouth on the Albany. In the process of doing archaeology we found a number of artifacts, and when I got back to Winnipeg I made a stab at dating them, but there was a certain uncertainty that I didn't like. So I went to see the best man to talk to, Tony Buckner, and with his help I came up with dates. Now as there was some dispute with the Ontario government on whether the Cree had been in this territory before the white man came, I was an extreme disappointment. So the government kept back my last payments of salary and I had to wait till there was a new party in power in order to get paid. Tony had a lot more trouble with the government of Manitoba, as I remember, but I did finally get paid and everybody had to back down on the claim that the Cree had not pre-dated the European traders and that credit has to go to Tony Buckner, not me or anyone else who makes that claim. Tony also gave my kid a bicycle. To be fair, he thought a lot of my ideas were harebrained, but he was always helpful when needed. Interestingly enough, Tony set up the dig on Lake Dauphin at the mouth of the Mossey, for the people of Dauphin. By a strange coincidence this is one of my grandfather's favourite fishing camps, he always set up his fishing camps where he knew the Indians had camped. - Posted by: Norman Williamson (A Great Bloody Nuisance) on: Jun 23, 2018

  • OMG. That's all I could think when I read this obituary today, June 16th. Not Tony! I worked with him and joked around with him nearly every day at work. He was a very intelligent man and I would often see that he had worked on my puzzle book when I wasn't around, and NOT the simple Find-a-Word junk either! He tried to portray himself as a gruff, sarcastic ass to everyone, but I always managed to pry a smile and, more rarely, a laugh, out of his tough, "I don't care" exterior. I was off sick from work but was returning in a few days, and I was really looking forward to seeing Tony again! I am so sorry for his family and send my deepest condolences to Theresa and Zika, who knew that Tony was special to me. I will truly miss him, but glad to know he has overcome his illness and is free from pain and walks with the Lord in Heaven. I will miss you every day I am working, Tony. Darn you, you have made me cry!! God bless you for making my days at work fun and I will always remember your crooked smile! With extreme sadness, from your friend, Marie. You go Tony!!!!!! - Posted by: Marie Fontaine (Caregiver) on: Jun 16, 2018

  • Tony was an outstanding person, a friend, and a colleague I had the privilege of working with during his time with the Manitoba Geographical Names Program. Indeed, his intelligence, sense of humour, knowledge, and friendship are something I have and always will treasure. We did not keep in touch as often as I would have liked after his retirement however Tony always brings many good memories and a smile to me. When we did connect from time to time, it was always a great pleasure. I will forever remember a few of the images he shared of his times in Mexico together with his friends. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Des Kappel (Friend and Colleague) on: Jun 11, 2018

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