Julian "Buck" McElhinney Buchanan Jr.

Saturday, March 17, 1956 - Wednesday, October 27, 2021

A Life Well Remembered

Photo of Julian "Buck" McElhinney Buchanan Jr. - 1956-2021

Canton- Julian McElhinney Buchanan, Jr., age 65, passed away at his home on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 and entered into his eternal place of peace and rest.

Julian’s birthplace was in Swain County, North Carolina on March 17, 1956 and he was the son of Mary Ellen Connor Buchanan and the late Julian McElhinney Buchanan, Sr. He had resided among the mountains of  Haywood County most of his life and was proud to call this his home.  Mr. Buchanan was a United States Army Veteran, faithfully serving his country for more than 4 years. He was employed as a skilled industrial electrician and was an active member of the Union with IBEW Local 238 where he was well known as "Buck" or "Mack" by his many friends.  He was honored to be a trainer of electrician apprentices, passing on his vast knowledge of his vocation to the new trainees, helping them to learn their chosen trade and become successful. Buck's great love for the mountains was truly evident throughout his life. Hunting deer and bear, and also fishing in his favorite mountain streams were special times that he held close to his heart. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed growing a bounty of vegetables each summer season. Everyone who knew Buck loved him and with his friendly personality, he made friends wherever he went. Often "Buck" would decide to take it easy and “loaf around” visiting and talking with his buddies. Julian McElhinney Buchanan, Jr. was a man of great courage and an inspiration to everyone. He loved his family and proudly served his country. He will be deeply missed by his loved ones and all who knew him.  

Surviving are his loving wife, Birgitt Westerwick Buchanan of Canton; his daughter, Jessica Saskia Gallimore and her husband Yanu Gallimore of Eugene, Oregon; his son, Oscar Benjamin “Ben” Buchanan and his wife, Bethany Buchanan of Canton; his grandson, Tanner Emory Gallimore; and many friends.

A celebration of life service to honor Buck's life will be held at 3:00 pm Thursday, November 4, 2021 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Canton. This will be a special time for his wife, children and close friends that cared about him each and every day to remember and reflect on his amazing life.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Buchanan's memory to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter, 4 Blount Street, #200, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Buchanan family.

Condolences from family and friends

Prayers and thoughts for Buck. Good man
Rusty Reeves
Inger I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother…know that we are all thinking about you and praying for your family, Love you always
Anita Lyda
Definitely, Prayers go out for All Bucks Family. As Rusty said below, Buck was a very "Good Man". We Spent a lot of time, over the years, discussing various subjects from our beliefs in the Bible to All the World's problems. We both liked to Talk! If anyone enjoyed talking more me it was Buck. lol He will be missed!!! This ALS is a horrible disease, Hopefully someday we find a cure. I believe Buck handled and fought it as well as anyone! I also believe Buck is in a much better place today and someday we'll meet again!!! RIP. your friend in Jesus, Bill Blankenship
Bill Blankenship
Prayers for All the family. Rest in Peace with Jesus sweet Cousin.
Sheeey Connor Hall
Birgitt, Jessica, Ben and all the Family: We are so sorry for your loss. Mack was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. May God give you comfort and strength for the days and weeks ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers! In Christ, Kim and Mary Milner
Rev. Dr. Kim and Mary Milner
Many thought and prayers for the family.
Carroll I Vernon
I'm sorry for your loss. I've enjoyed working with Buck at the union hall over these last 20 years. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Ben.
Benjamin Munsell
It was an honor to have known Buck he will be greatly missed.
Matthew Boone
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with the Buchanan family.
Darrell Reed
Praying for your family. Honored to have known Buck.
Brian Ball - Teamsters Local 61
Sorry for the Buchanan family’s loss . Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Mark Ford
Sending prayers he is now up in heaven with papaw.
Brittany Angel
Liebe Birgitt ,Jessica und Benjamin Wir sind in Gedanken bei euch und wünschen euch viel Kraft in diesen schweren Stunden. Julian wird uns immer als ein warmherziger und freundlicher Mensch in Erinnerung bleiben. Als hilfsbereiten famielienmensch haben wir ihn schätzen gelernt. Mit seiner geselligen Art verbrachte wir gerne Zeit mit ihm. Fühlt euch herzlich umarmt Reinhard, Beate,Viola und Joshua
Beate und Reinhard Strutt
All our thoughts and prayers are with you and your hole family!! May GOD bless you all!! From the hole Housings department.
Stacey Case
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you peace and comfort you in this dark moment in your life. With much Love Betty P Heatherly
Betty P Heatherly
I was so sorry to see of Buck's passing. I worked at Southeastern Container and Buck was our Electrian. Always enjoy talking with him. Sending my condolences to the family. Keeping all you in my prayers. Ruthie Dempsey
Ruthie Dempsey
Our deepest sympathy for the family. He will be missed and remembered well.
Tommy & Tracy Plemmons
Dear Birgitt, Jessica and Benjamin, we wish You strength in these Hard Times , Our Thoughts Are with You. We remember Julian as a friendly, openhearted, openminded, warmhearted, humorous and helpful person. It was a pleasure to spend time with him. It is a painful loss. Life is a long Song but the tune ends to soon for us all. Carlos and Christiane
Brigitte, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Coleen Blaylock
I just found out and I am so sorry to hear this. Buck was a coworker who always had a story to tell or good advice for keeping up a home. I especially enjoyed listening to his stories about how much he loved his family. I hope his family is well and finding peace.