I was greatly saddened to hear that my friend Bucky Cairo passed away Thursday night. He was 89. I last spoke to him on the phone right after his 89th birthday. Bucky was coach of the Belleville Barbell in New Jersey for most of the 1970's and 1980's. (I trained there myself most of that time.) Probably the best known lifter he coached was Brian Derwin. Besides coaching, Bucky was also the meet director of the 1979 US National Championships in Totowa, NJ and ran quite a few exhibitions around New Jersey to publicize weightlifting. He also ran a couple reunions of the Belleville Barbell Club at his home in south NJ both of which I attended.
Belleville lifter Ray Lavender just said it better than I can: "The memories for me and the years that I trained with Buck and all the guys are what makes me smile. He was our coach and loved all of us. He unselfishly gave his time and effort to help anyone who asked of him. He was simply a great friend and who made our club a national competitor that no matter where we went people knew who we were and especially who our coach was. We will miss you Buck! We love you and always will..."
RIP, Bucky, we'll miss you.