Senator Joan B. Lovely
State Senator
2nd Essex District


July 30, 2014

House and Senate Approve Naming Essex Probate and Family Court in Honor of Judge Thaddeus Buczko

(Boston) – The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill to designate the Essex Probate and Family Court, located in Salem, in honor of Judge Thaddeus Buczko. The naming legislation had passed the House of Representatives on June 30th. The two sponsors of the bill, Senator Joan Lovely and Representative John Keenan, expressed their enthusiasm for the Legislature’s approval.

“Judge Buczko is a titan of public service, inspiring generations of citizens to answer the call of civic duty,” said Representative Keenan. “We are proud to honor him in this special way”.

“Judge Buczko’s undeniable commitment to public service as an elected official, judge, and veteran makes this designation a well-deserved honor,” said Senator Lovely. “I was so pleased to see this bill receive unanimous support from the Senate and it’s indicative of how Judge Buczko’s distinguished career positively impacted so many lives on the North Shore and throughout the Commonwealth.”

Judge Buczko, a longtime Salem resident, began his career in public service as a member of the Salem City Council before he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he proudly served the 10th Essex District from 1959 until 1964. Following his service in the Legislature, Judge Buczko was elected State Auditor, a job which he held until 1981. After leaving state government, Judge Buczko became the presiding justice of the Essex County Probate & Family Court until he retired from the bench in 1996.

Prior to his career in government service, Judge Buczko patriotically served his country during World War II. He joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1949 and served in the Korean War, retiring from the Army in 1979 with the rank of Colonel.

After final passage, the naming bill will go to Governor Patrick for his signature. Following his approval, the state Department of Capital Asset Management will affix a marker to the courthouse that displays the new name.




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