Irvin W. “Bucky” Weaver
Irvin W. Weaver, known to almost everyone as Bucky, succumbed to lung cancer on December 6, 2020, after a brief stay at Parlin Hospice in Wayland, MA. He died just days before his 70th birthday.
Born in New Haven, CT, to Irvin Woodward and Harriet P. Weaver, Bucky spent most of his childhood in Mississippi and Alabama, where his father was a professor of philosophy and religion. He graduated from Indian Springs School (Indian Springs, AL) in 1968 and from Williams College (Williamstown, MA) in 1972. In 1981 he earned a BFA from Mass College of Art and Design.
He is survived by his sister, Sarah Weaver, of Haverhill, MA, and numerous cousins.
Bucky worked as a conservator for more than 30 years at the New England Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA, where he helped preserve paper-based collections that included everything from historical documents and maps to photographs, money, and even wallpaper.
In retirement, Bucky was able to devote more time to his garden and to artistic pursuits. A resident of MA, since 1997, Bucky was a familiar sight in his yard, where he spent countless hours plotting, tending, and harvesting blue-ribbon vegetables. He was a passionate and generous gardener, often bringing pounds of produce to the food pantry and to neighbors. His talents were surpassed only by his modesty: few friends knew he was a lifelong painter and an accomplished potter. He studied for many years with Iris Minc of Purple Sage Pottery.
Bucky was also a voracious reader, especially of literature and history. One classmate recalls he always marveled at, and was inspired by, the breadth of Bucky’s intellectual curiosity. Family, friends, and neighbors will miss his quiet, gentle spirit. He leaves behind many broken hearts.
Due to the pandemic, no public visiting hours are planned. Instead, please share your favorite memories of Bucky in the Condolences section below. Donations may be made in his memory to Boxborough Conservation Trust, The Trustees of Reservations, or Acton Nursing Services (actonnursingservice.com).
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