MEXICO — Peter J. “Pete” Buccina, 66, died Thursday, May 17, after a long illness, at his residence on the River Road in Mexico.

He was born in Rumford on July 15, 1945, the son of Joseph and Rose (Curato) Buccina, and graduated from Mexico High School Class of 1963 and from Farmington State College Class of 1967 with his Bachelor of Science degree for teaching. He taught social studies at Poland Elementary School for many years. He also owned and operated Chico’s Restaurant and Virginia Gardens Restaurant in Rumford before starting Arrow Rentals in Mexico, where he rented equipment.

Pete enjoyed many sports including racquetball, tennis and running. He was an avid NFL fan and a fan of the New York Yankees. He was a very thoughtful and caring person and treated people with respect.

The family wish to thank Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice for their help and loving care and to his many close friends who helped him through his illness.

He was a communicant of Parish of the Holy Parish, St. Athanasius – St. John Church.

Survivors include a brother, Robert Buccina of Wiscasset; a sister, Janet Clawson of Chagrin Falls, OH; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; and a brother, Joseph Buccina Jr.

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