BUCKLEY JOSEPH WEAVER BUCKLEY On Tuesday,
September 19, 2017, Joseph Weaver Buckley "Joe" died at
his residence in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC
after a long battle with brain cancer.
Joe is survived by his wife, Abena; and two sons, Thomas
Joseph and Finnian Kwabena. Joe is also survived by his
parents, Patricia and John; siblings, Matthew, Martha, and
Monica; nephews, John, Henry, and Emmanuel; and niece, Emelia.
Joe was born in Washington, DC on August 25, 1979 - he was the second of four children.
Born and raised in DC, Joe spent a brief time away to study and teach in New York, but
returned home and lived in DC until his passing. He grew up in American University Park, and
lived in Columbia Heights, U Street, and Adams Morgan (Plaza West), before settling in
Takoma DC with his wife and children.
Joe obtained his Bachelor's degree from St. John's College and his Master's degree from
Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx, NY. He developed a great passion for teaching and
went on to teach at Mahalia Jackson Middle School in New York City and St. John's College
High School in Washington, DC. Beginning in 2010, Joe taught mathematics at Woodrow
Wilson High School in Washington, DC, his alma mater. While teaching at St. John's College
High School, Joe met his wife Abena. They dated for two years before their engagement in
Joe was a talented carpenter who maintained a woodworking shop in his home, and, among
many other pieces, built furniture, including a dresser for Abena as an engagement gift. Joe
and Abena married in May 2011 and welcomed their first son, Thomas, in June 2013. Their
second son, Finnian, was born in November 2016. Joe was a devoted husband and loving
father who loved spending quiet time at home with his family, while playing music, working on
art, or hanging up new plants. In addition to carpentry, Joe was an avid artist, cyclist, and
To his parents and siblings, Joe was an optimistic realist, compassionate, and creative.
Among friends, he was known to be genuine and for the phrase, "future more vivid." To his
students, he instilled a love of mathematics, and left an indelible impression on many.
Joe will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and the many people he touched through his
teaching and passions.
A memorial service to celebrate and honor Joe's life will be held at the Woodrow Wilson High
School auditorium on Sunday October 1, 2017 at 1:30pm, with the doors opening at 1:00pm