John A. Buckley

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John A. Buckley
53rd Mayor of Melbourne, Florida
In office
November 5, 1996 – November 2, 2004
Preceded by Joseph F. Mullins, Jr.
Succeeded by Harry C. Goode, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1933-10-21)October 21, 1933[1]
Detroit, Michigan[1]
Died February 19, 2009(2009-02-19) (aged 75)[1]
Vitas Hospice,
Melbourne, Florida[1]
Resting place Florida Memorial Gardens[1]
Spouse(s) Helen E. Buckley[1]
Children Brian Buckley, Patrick Buckley, Patricia Buckley Bachman, Coleen Buckley, Denise Buckley Mayhew and Diane Buckley[1]
Residence Melbourne, Florida
Alma mater University of Detroit (B.Ph.)[1]
Florida Institute of Technology (Professional Designation in Contract Management)[1]

John A. Buckley (October 21, 1933 – February 19, 2009) was a two-term mayor of Melbourne, Florida from 1996 to 2004. He previously served on the Melbourne City Council from 1986 to 1996 from District 1, including as Vice Mayor in 1987, 1989, and 1994.

Buckley was born on October 21, 1933, in Detroit, Michigan.[1]

He earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the University of Detroit, and a Professional Designation in Contract Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.[1]

He worked for the Chrysler Corporation from 1956 to 1963.[1]

He moved to Melbourne in 1961.[1]

He worked for NASA from 1964 until his retirement in 1994.[1]

He served on the Melbourne City Council from 1986 to 1996.[1]

In 1996, Buckley defeated Ed Palmer for mayor.[2]

In 2000, Buckley defeated Daniel E. "Danny" Campana for mayor.[3]



  • The John A. Buckley Surface Water Treatment Plant at Lake Washington is named for him.


Preceded by
Joseph F. Mullins, Jr.
Mayor of Melbourne, Florida
November 5, 1996 – November 2, 2004
Succeeded by
Harry C. Goode, Jr.