Buddy Dansby passed away peacefully on Friday night at the Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice House in Pittsboro, NC after a short illness.
Buddy served in the US Army during the Korean War spending most of his service time in White Sands, New Mexico working with guided missiles. After his service he worked for and retired from AT&T Long Lines, starting his career on "The test board" at what is now the Southern Bell building in downtown Charlotte. He later worked in and managed their top secret facility in Chatham County know to locals at the time as "The Big Hole". He was a handyman of renowned capability and truly exemplified the old adage of "If I can't fix it, it ain't broke". Along with his wife Ann of 63 years, he helped raise, nurture and educate three successful children. He frequented the now famous Merritt's Store in Chapel Hill which at the time was was a most eclectic gas station/ beer joint. He was a long time member of Saint Thomas Moore Catholic Church and a member of the Men's Club where he also worked as a handyman after his retirement from At&T.
Before moving to Chapel Hill he served on the Mint Hill, NC voulnteer Fire Department and he always held a special place for those in the fire service. He served for many years on the advisory board of The Chatham County Volunteer Fire Department. Buddy was a generous and engaging man who never met a stranger. He has left an indelible mark on the lives of many who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Ann, and his three children and their spouses: Cynthia of Brooklyn NY, Curt of Charlotte, NC and Karen of Pittsboro, NC. as well as his two grandchildren Max and Eliza Griffin. He is also survived by his only sibling, Bill of Prospect, TN.
The family wishes to extend very special thanks to the staff of the SICU at UNC Hospital as well as the staff at the Hospice center for their incredible caring and kindness at a difficult time.
A memorial Mass was held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 10:00am. The family will receive visitors at the home 2457 Lamont-Norwood Road, Pittsboro, Wednesday evening, from 6-8:30pm.
In lieu of flowers the family would request a donation in Buddy's honor To the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department: Station, 45 Morris Road, Pittsboro NC 27312. Attn: John Strowd..
The Dansby family is under the care of Walker's Funeral Home, Chapel Hill.