Today, our family and community mourn the loss of Guy William Willey, affectionately known as Buck. Buck passed away in his home on January 1st at the age of 40. Our lives have been forever changed, not only because he left us so suddenly and too early but because he was part of our lives in the first place.
Buck was many things to many people. He has left behind his sister, Jenna Willey, and his niece and nephew Paxtyn and Sutton Griffin; his mother, Billie Ann Parks; his father, Guy Willey, Jr. and his father's partner, Claudia Moreno; his grandmother, Ann Parks, and his late grandfather, Cueball Parks; his late grandparents, Guy Willey, Sr. and Fay Willey; his aunt, Bambi Shelly, and her husband, Stuart Shelly; his uncle Robbie Willey; his aunt, Tracy Hill, and uncle, Ian Hogg; his cousin, Adam Corkran, and his wife, Alison Corkran, his cousin, Samantha Horseman, and her husband, Alex Horseman; his stepmother, Robin Connolly. He has also left behind his partner, Louisa Raske, his best friend, Alex Sexton, and his beloved dog, Winston.
Buck had wanderlust. Whether it was hiking through Spain, traveling through Iceland, backpacking through Scotland, touring Japan, visiting his aunt and uncle in China and Senegal, or simply taking a simple camping weekend, Buck loved adventure and the outdoors. You could always find him kayaking, canoeing, and photographing.
For years, Buck served up wit, charm, engaging conversations, a perfect smile, and a lust for life. He was a loving family member and friend to many. He was adored by everyone who knew him.
Whether you loved Buck deeply, met him briefly, or knew him through a loved one, all can agree that he was one of a kind. Today, do something in Buck's memory. Take a hike. Read a book. Listen to a new podcast. Go on an adventure. Chat with someone who might not have the same viewpoint as you. Laugh a little more. Listen a little more closely. Be the light for someone, as Buck was the light for us.
Today, take the time to love deeper and appreciate those around you more. Take time to reflect on Buck's short but full life, a life brimming with love and adventure.
Please join the family for a celebration of life on Saturday, January 13th, from 12-3 at Scossa Restaurant in Easton, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Eastern Shore Crisis Response to help others who may be in need of mental health assistance.
Eastern Shore Mobile Crisis, The Sante Group, 12200 Tech Rd. Suite 330, Silver Spring, MD 20904 Telephone: 301-572-6585 Website: thesantegroup.org. Arrangements are in the care of the Thomas Funeral Home, P.A. in Cambridge.