Herbert C. Buckalew

Herbert C. Buckalew, 86, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday May 22, 2019.

Herbert was born in Wilmington, DE, to Jesse James and Mabel Jackson Buckalew. He attended St. Elizabeth’s high school, and married Patricia A. O’Donnell in 1954. Herb worked various jobs over the years, and retired as a Rehabilitation Specialist in Wilmington. He tended bar as a second job, played on multiple softball teams, played semi-pro baseball, and was an avid Phillies and Yankees fan.

Herb loved to sing, had a great sense of humor, and was a talented artist. He coached Little League baseball, and loved to watch his grandkids’ games. He was a hard worker, had a solid sense of what was right and wrong, and instilled both in his children. He always said that his children were his greatest achievement.

Herb was pre-deceased by his wife, his parents, his sisters Elizabeth Maguigan, Caroline Przybylski, Frances Wright, Ann Morgan, and his brother James Buckalew. He is survived by his children Kathleen Buckalew (Marilyn Talman, dec’d.), Diane Norvell (Joseph), Daniel Buckalew (Loretta), Janet Buckalew, and Patricia Bradley (David); ten grandchildren (who knew him as Pop-Pop): Alaina, Jason, Elijah and Brianna Norvell, Caitlin and Erin Buckalew, Jake Buckalew, Ryan and Sean Bradley, and Kim Keane (Peter); and three great-grandchildren: Kenzie Norvell, and Lilly and Casie Keane. His brother Edward Jackson Buckalew, sister Mabel Wilson, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews also survive him.

The family is deeply thankful to the staff at The Summit Retirement Community and Brookdale Senior Living for the care and kindness they showed Pat and Herb.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday May 28, 2019, from 6-8 pm, at Mealey’s Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Elizabeth’s Church on Clayton and Cedar Streets, on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 10 am. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery on Kirkwood Highway.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in memory of Herb’s beloved wife, Pat, to the Alzheimer’s Association, at “” Or checks can be sent to the local office at 240 N. James St., Suite 100A, Newport, DE 19804.


Submitted by Jim Kelley on
My condolences to the family. Mr. Buckalew was a Bus Zebley Little League Coach of mine and father of a dear friend. He was a good man who provided valuable lessons to me and others under his tutelage. RIP Coach.

Submitted by Leonard E McCar... on
Years ago, I played ball with Herbie and remember him as a fierce competitor a slick fielder and a very fast runner. but those things paled in comparison to the great honorable man that Herbie was. Whenever I would run into him out and about in Wilmington, we always took the time to reminisce and go over the old days and games both won and lost. So sorry to hear of his passing. The world lost a good one this past week..

Submitted by Jon Genier on
My condolences to your family. May the hope expressed at Job 14:13-15 give you some comfort for your great loss.

Submitted by Priscilla Moses on
Bill and I are sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Priscilla and Bill Moses