Supporter Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Posted on August 27, 2019

Eleanor Gilford Buker, a long-time supporter of the Coast Guard Foundation, passed away this month at the age of 99.

Mrs. Buker enlisted in the Coast Guard as a SPAR during World War II, and served from 1943-1946. During her time in the Coast Guard, she served in the research department at headquarters in Washington, D.C. and was honorably discharged at the end of the war with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

Returning to Danvers, Massachusetts, she married Melvin W. Buker in November 1946 and had two children. They were members of Maple Street Congregational Church and participated in many church activities. She took an active role in her children's pursuits, serving as a Girl Scout leader and attending sports events and musical performances. When her children were older, she worked at Suburban Quality Shop and managed the church's thrift shop.

In retirement, she traveled with her local senior center and was an active volunteer with the Northshore Music Theater company.