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Eugene Joseph Buday Jr.
August 12, 1938 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
Eugene Joseph Buday, Jr., dear husband of Edna, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2024, with his family by his side. He was the beloved son of the late Eugene and Bernice Buday and the dear brother of Glorianne Buday. He was the cherished and loving father of Mary Catherine Buday (Stephen Tupper), and their children, Nicholas and Ella; Michael Buday (Moveta), and their children AraxiJo and Zakare; and Mark Buday (Ellen) and their daughter, Lauren.
Gene grew up on a farm in Manchester, Michigan, where extended family and friends would frequently gather. From the animals he cared for on the farm to the family pets of dogs, cats, and even ducks, he deeply loved animals and they were always an important part of his life. He learned to play piano as a child and taught his children and grandchildren how to play.
As a young child, he attended a one-room schoolhouse that spanned grades “beginner” through eighth grade. He graduated from Saline Area High School in 1956 and attended the University of Michigan where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. With his “M” baseball cap on, he enjoyed watching Michigan win the national championship this week.
While he attended Michigan in Ann Arbor, he worked at the famous Drake’s Sandwich Shop, most likely the start of his love for chocolate malts.
He accepted his first teaching position at Ferndale’s Lincoln Junior High School in January 1961, where he met Jerry who would become his lifelong and best friend. At the start of the next school year, a beautiful new typing teacher arrived on the scene starting a new chapter in his life. They were married at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit in June of 1964.
In 1967, Gene and Edna bought their first home in Royal Oak and their three children were born soon after. In that same year, he also accepted a new teaching position in the Bloomfield Hills School District. Outgrowing their Royal Oak home, they custom built a new home in Bloomfield Hills, moving there in 1978 where they have lived ever since.
In the Bloomfield Hills School District, Gene taught at East Hills Middle School where he taught a few other subjects and grades, but mostly taught eighth grade science in room 104. He was known for his firm outside, but soft inside, teaching manner and often took students under his wing when they needed a little extra support.
After nearly 40 years of teaching, he retired in 2000, and soon after welcomed his first grandchild. His grandchildren loved him as much as he loved them and they would often end conversations saying, “love you more” back and forth. He shared his love of science with them, and all have work, studies, and/or hobbies in STEM fields.
He was an exceptional cook and made most of the family meals. He knew everyone’s favorite foods and would make them when anyone arrived, including his kids’ friends.
He lived a full and wonderful life and will be deeply missed but remembered in all ways big and small with the legacy he’s left for his loving family.
Visitation Monday, January 15, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. David Episcopal Church 16200 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield. Funeral to begin at 11:00 a.m. with luncheon immediately following in the Church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. David’s Episcopal or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.