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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

Remembering a Colleague

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Sad news for many of us here at Today’s TMJ4. We discovered that a man who could be called a gentle giant passed away this weekend. Fred Buchanan was an engineer here for 35 years. He was tall, stately, and mild-mannered. Fred was one of the few people everyone liked. He was one of the nicest men I have ever met.

When I think of Fred, words that come to mind are kind, compassionate, quiet, and dependable. He never sought the spotlight. But those who worked with him were quick to learn he was bright, thoughtful, and introspective. He had his own special knack with puns.  :)

I remember often finding Fred somewhere in the building eating dinner by himself. Usually in our second studio that was not being used. It's not that he was anti-social. He was just a quiet man who preferred solitude. He never gossiped, talked about others, or complained. That was not his style. He was by all accounts a good, decent, hardworking man.

Often people here have asked me about my own father. And I tell them the best way to describe my own dad, would be a shorter version of Fred Buchanan. They say then your dad must be wonderful. And yes, he is. Just like Fred Buchanan.

I am sad to hear that Fred is gone. He was only 64 years old. And though heaven has a new angel, my heart is heavy. Because I know one very special light has gone out. God Bless You Fred. We will miss you.

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