Gloucester – On the morning of September 24, 2022, 77-year-old Howard “Buddy” Hackett, formerly of Tyngsboro, MA, died at home after a long illness with his family by his side. Buddy was born in Chelsea, MA and raised by his late mother, Edith Hackett, and aunts, Geraldine McCarthy and Alice O’Donnell. At age 11, his extended family moved to Winchester where he was educated in the Winchester School System, graduating in 1962. The Hackett, McCarthy and O’Donnell clan lived directly opposite Immaculate Conception Church. It was during these years that Buddy learned the importance of dedication to his church and community, as well as the importance of giving. Buddy was a dedicated altar boy, a member of the church’s Drum and Bugle Corp, and loved Little League Baseball. His enterprising work ethic evolved from an early age with a paper route and working as a bagger at the First National Store he often spoke of. After high school, Buddy worked for several different companies and eventually landed a career in the placement industry. Using this experience, he and a colleague formed a business partnership and created a successful contract engineering business. Buddy retired in 1996 and pursued his passions for vintage cars, race horses and was a sports enthusiast. In 2000, his horse trainer encouraged him to attend Royal Ascot as a guest. During this trip, a relaxed stroll through the paddock led to an official presentation by Queen Elizabeth II.
Buddy and Laurette, his wife and best friend of 43 years, loved to travel, sail, cook and spend quality time together. Treasured memories include the many vacations to St. Maarten, multiple trips to Ireland, the UK and France, sailing weekends off Cape Cod, and winters in Boca Raton, Florida. Upon retirement, he treated his extended family to a trip to Prince Edward Island, where they were able to meet distant relatives and learn more about their ancestry. For the past few years, they have spent time with friends and family at Wingaersheek Beach.
To say that Buddy loved and enjoyed life is an understatement. He worked hard and played hard. He will always be remembered with affection for his larger than life personality and for his kind, honest and generous heart.
In addition to his wife, Laurette (Bunzel) Hackett, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Rebecca Hackett of Townsend, MA, his son, Matthew Hackett of Nashua, NH, four grandchildren, Jameson , Caitlin , Isabelle and Abigail Hackett, sisters Geraldine Davidson and Roberta Strange, brother Denis O’Donnell and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Her funeral will be at Our Lady of Good Voyage, 142 Prospect Street, Gloucester at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2022. Interment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please pass on his kindness and love, and pay it forward by doing a random act of kindness in Buddy’s memory. Arrangements from Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For the online guestbook, please visit
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