WELLFLEET — Martin “Marty” Alexander Buckosh died in his sleep on Nov. 5, 2019 while recovering at his Wellfleet home from a bicycle accident. He was 62.
Marty, the youngest of four boys, was a 1975 graduate of Lorain Catholic High School in Ohio. From 1975 to 1978 he served in the U.S. Army with top secret clearance from the National Security Agency, monitoring and intercepting signal intelligence.
After his years in the service, he fulfilled his love for travel. In the early 1980s he lived in San Diego, working in a vintage clothing store. He continued to work in retail after moving to New York City.
In the late 1980s Marty came to Provincetown and spent several years living life to its fullest as he drove his VW van across the country and throughout Mexico. In 1995 he returned to the San Diego area.
Marty’s love of people and his desire to understand their minds led him to study psychology. In 2004 he earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University at Long Beach and in 2008 his master’s from California State University in San Marcos.
He soon returned to Provincetown. He began working summers at Northern Lights Hammock Shop and for the AIDS Coalition. In 2010 he published a research article in the Journal of Medical Toxicology related to his work with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
In 2016 Marty became part owner of the hammock shop. Though he had a soul that loved to wander, he was strongly anchored to his family and friends. He always made time for other people and working at the hammock shop helped him do just that.
In the off seasons he traveled to Ohio, Florida, and Georgia, visiting the people he cared for deeply. His loves were Cleveland sports teams, music, tennis, yoga, the ocean, his bicycle, and deep thought. His was an amazing light and a positive soul. You couldn’t help but be happy around him. Children especially felt his joy, giving him the nickname “Magical Marty.”
He is survived by his brother James and wife Barbara Buckosh of Sheffield, Ohio; brother Robert and wife Jennie Buckosh of Ellabell, Georgia; and brother Theodore and wife Nancy Buckosh of Brighton, Ohio. He also leaves six nieces and nephews, 16 great-nieces and great-nephews, and a great-great-niece and great-great-nephew. He was predeceased by his parents, Helen (Ribaric) and Alex Buckosh, and his nephew, Robert Buckosh Jr.
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