HILLSBOROUGH: Centenarian honored for her enduring community spirit

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Andrew Martins, Managing Editor
A staple in the community was honored for her longevity and positive outlook on life, as the governing body took time out of a recent meeting to honor the upcoming 100th birthday of Hillsborough’s own “Lady Liberty,” Mary Buckshaw.
Mayor Carl Suraci and Committeemen Frank DelCore, Doug Tomson and Greg Brochette were on hand during the July 11 committee meeting to present a special proclamation to Buckshaw to commemorate the major milestone.
“Mary Buckshaw continues to live an active life and attributes her longevity to ‘always being happy’ and ‘never complaining,’” Mayor Suraci said.
Born on July 23, 1917, Mary Galaini was born in Brooklyn, where she lived until her parents and she moved to 5th Street in Flagtown.
Later in life, she married Stephen J. Buckshaw, Sr. on July 24, 1938. They remained married for the next 12 years until Stephen passed away in 1950.
Despite her loss, Mary had three children: Stephen, of Flagtown; Mary Ann, of Hopewell; and Barbara, of Flagtown. Today, her family spans four generations, with six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
In her professional life, Mary worked at Ortho Pharmaceuticals for 31 years. Meanwhile, more than eight decades of her life has been devoted to the Hillsborough community.
According to officials, Mary has been an active charter member of Flagtown Fire Company No. 1 Ladies’ Auxiliary since it was founded in 1938. She was also an original member of the township’s first Senior Club, formed in 1974, until she joined the Hillsborough Senior Club Chapter B, which was formed in 1993.
For the last 25 years, Mary has been a charter member of the local senior dance group known as the Rockettes and Rocket.
Mary said the Rockettes has been an important part of her life and why she remains so active.
“Boy, that has kept me going all the while and I enjoy every moment of it,” she said.
She also serves as “Lady Liberty” in the annual Hillsborough Memorial Day parade. Mention of that portrayal drew a standing ovation from the packed meeting room.
In addition, she recently played “Lady Mame” in the Villagers Theater Senior Performing Arts Festival.