Philip James (Jim) Buckham

4th May 1944 - 20th June 2022
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St Patrick's Church,
Hertford Street,
23 June 2022, 1:30PM

BUCKHAM,  Philip James (Jim). On Monday, 20 June 2022, at home, Quail Rise; aged 78 years. Dearly loved husband of Kathleen (Kathy), much loved father of Michelle, and partner Karen, and Shane.                      


A Requiem Mass for Jim will be held in St Patrick's Church, Hertford Street, Arrowtown,  at 1.30pm on Thursday, 23 June. No flowers by request. Donations to Hospice Southland may be left at the service Messages to 8 Enstone Lane, Quail Rise, Queenstown 9371, or to Jim's tribute page at where a livestream of the service can be viewed.


BUCKHAM, Philip James (Jim). Dearly loved husband of Kathleen (Kathy), loved son of Margaret* and Arthur* Buckham, loved brother and brother-in-law of Eion* and Jean*, and Marion*, loved brother-in-law of Ted* and Margaret Rooney, Margaret* and Rupert* Hyland, Marion* and Ted Maloney, Mick and Gloria Rooney, Philip* and Bernie Rooney, loved uncle of all his nieces and nephews. * denotes deceased.


Our very deepest sympathy, thinking of you all.
From all Jim's 'MacLean' relatives, Cattle Flat, Balfour.
Peter, Sally(Katherine) ,Ron, Margie, Bernie, Archie, Chris, Don, and the late Marie.,
and their families.
Chris and Christine MacLean, Balfour
We share this time of grief with you. We also share in celebrating the memories of Jim.
With love at this sad time

Richard & Robyn Lee and family
Richard & Robyn Lee, Queenstown
Dear Jim. Thank you for being my Kiwi Dad. I am forever grateful that you let me be a part of your family. Thank you for your honest and frank advice over the years. I always loved your stories of growing up in Queenstown and Southland, history of the 'Wakatip', and flying helicopters. I will especially remember your excellent taste in music. You are forever in my heart. Rest In Peace.
Karen Swaine, Oamaru
Our deepest sympathy. thinking of you all and sorry not with you celebrating Jims life

Gavin Leefe and Susan Potter
Gavin Leefe, Mosgiel
Dear Kathy, Shane and Michelle. So desperately sad to learn of Jim’s passing. So hard to imagine him not there with you still. Such fond memories. His always happy welcome. The cheeky twinkle in his eye. His enthusiasm to talk planes and helicopters and weather stations. And always to share a joke and a laugh, even when things in life were not that funny. I so very appreciated the deep friendship, care, and kindness shown by him and you Kathy to my beloved mother Marjorie. Especially when she so rapidly got sick and things got really tough. Your steadfast friendship was a beacon of positivity. It really made a positive difference. So sorry we cant be there with you on Thursday to see him off. A final flight he takes on his own. But happy memories, and people richer for knowing him, he leaves forever.

With much love and respect.
Craig and Anna Fisher, Raglan
Dear Jim,

I loved the summers spent with you, your family, Aunty Margaret, Uncle Arthur, Aunty Irene and Uncle Carl. There was always so much laughter, quite a bit of gin, cricket, New Years first footing followed by Tuckers Beach on New Years Day. I can't help but think of you now being welcomed by Aunty I with a big hug, and a smile. In my mind's eye, you're playing the piano while everyone is around you singing and having a grand time.

I know how much you loved your beautiful Kathy, and Shane, Shell, and Karen, and can only imagine how sad it is for them now you've gone on. My heart goes out to them, and we'll hug and talk about you when we see each other next. All my love.
Nicole Walshe and family, Brisbane
Dear Aunty and family. My deepest sympathies at the loss of uncle Jim. He was an incredible man who I got to also had the fun of working with during my time at Air New Zealand and his at Mt Cook flying in and out of Invercargill. I have many a funny tale to tell about the banter that went on between us. He was quiet the jokester at times and definitely a teacher. I learnt a lot from him and I can also thank him for the reassurance he gave me when I was having a bad day at work. The wee grin that would sweep across his face to then followed by the words “bye
you cheeky monkey or ratbag see you on the return
flight. “ I will miss all the laughs that followed and the heckling over the radio.
Uncle Jim fly high and may you Rest In Peace. Love Lyn
Lyn Bell, Tannum Sands.Queensland Australia
Our very deepest and sincere sympathy with you and your family. Frank was always having a smile at what Jim either whispered or put on the plate was great, if I wasn’t there it was the first thing I heard about.
Sorry we weren’t able to be there.


Anne & Frank Mason
Anne & Frank Mason , Arrowtown