Cary R. Buxton

Cary R. Buxton, 63, of Bedford, died Oct. 18, 2014, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester after a year-long, courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Nashua on June 8, 1951, he is the son of Harry and Rita Buxton. He was raised in Milford, NH, Millis, Mass. and Peterborough, NH, and had resided in Bedford for 18 years.

Cary attended Peterborough High School where he was a three-sport player and co-
captain of his teams from junior year on. Cary was voted 1969 Class President, and was proud to tell everyone that every five years, his class held class reunions, resulting in strong friendships in his 92 classmates. Late in his high school junior year, Cary had an offer to attend Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. In 1973 he earned a BA degree in history/political science. His legacy at the university came as a co-founder of the Butler Soccer Club in 1971, which later became a Division 1 program at Butler. He was initiated by Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity, which provided many positive and life-changing events in Cary’s life.

Cary began his career as a chapter consultant for the International Fraternity headquartered at Miami of Ohio, Oxford, OH. Later, he was training and coaching new consultants as he was promoted to Director of Chapter Services managing 145 chapters. He later migrated to the South to try his hand at real estate in Buckhead, Ga. He looked for a career where he could learn sales techniques, set goals and train others, and found Proctor & Gamble. He held various positions: as a sales rep in Alabama, district rep in Atlanta, Ga., and unit manager in San Antonio, TX. In 1993, Cary was selected region sales manager to bring a new product to market with Eastman Kodak, in Dallas, TX. He was asked to become the sales trainer, Atlanta, Ga., for newly hired sales reps and later returned to NH in 1997 as regional sales manager, North East. His final sales position, which he held for 12 years, was at Conway Office Solutions of Nashua. He was especially appreciative of Conway Office’s offer to have him return to work on a full or part-time basis after his spine surgery in July, 2013.

Cary was a man of faith and called the Bedford Presbyterian Church his church home.

Cary held numerous positions in the Bedford community – most recently, Board Member, Bedford Babe Ruth. Cary was constantly reminded of a comment from President Bush, who said, “If you have not served your country in the military, there are other ways to help your country…especially as a volunteer in your community.” That resonated with Cary and coaching youth soccer, basketball and baseball became his passion for seventeen years. Most recently, Cary was proud to receive from Bedford High School Athletic Director the “Unsung Hero” award recognizing contributions to the high school as Booster Club member and community youth sports coach. Cary was manager of the 2005 Little League State Champions that went to Bristol, CT. While that team was two wins away from going to Williamsport, what was remarkable was not the winning, but for 6 years after, the same 12 kids provided community service to our Bedford Challenger-
Little League kids by offering a baseball clinic each spring, to teach the Challenger kids baseball fundamentals…Cary was so proud of those young men.

Importantly, Cary was a devoted husband to Marcia Buxton, his wife of 38 years and a dedicated father to his son, Brice Buxton. Additional family members include his two brothers, Scott Buxton of Los Angeles, CA and Jon Buxton of Monmouth, ME, and his wife Elena Buxton; and niece Amelia Buxton; and a sister, Susan Buxton of Springvale, ME. Cary was predeceased by his older brother, Alan Buxton, who is buried in the NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH.

There are no visiting hours. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 25th at 11:00 a.m. in the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, NH. Please omit flowers as memorial donations may be made to: Bedford Babe Ruth, Finish the Field, 57 Green Meadow, Bedford, NH 03110 or to Challenger Div., attn: Steve Schwartz, Bedford Little League, Nashua Road, Bedford, NH 03110. A private family burial will be held after the service. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com.