Updated: Arthur Buckel, a veteran of the thermoforming industry who was the 1999 Thermoformer of the Year, died Oct. 30. He was 84.
Buckel won the top award from the Society of Plastics Engineers' Thermoforming division for his diligence and dedication to the craft of thermoforming.
Thermoforming industry colleague James Throne in Dunedin, Fla., said, “Art was a giant in thick-gauge aspects of thermoforming, and he was the point man for formation of the European thermoforming group. At K shows, Art would organize bus tours through the back woods of Europe. He knew the people and what was going on in the industry.”
A former SMI partner, Frank Ames of San Diego, said, “Art was an amazing and talented guy with an ability to see a plastics solution in three dimensions. He could figure out how to do it in thermoforming and pressure forming. Art was a pillar in the plastics community and should be recognized as such.”
Coincidentally, Buckel's wife of 61 years, Barbara, died on Oct. 30, 2017, exactly one year to the day before his passing.
Survivors include a son, Victor Buckel; a daughter, Christi Buckel; and granddaughters Sara Sackett and Olivia Quintenella. All live in San Diego.
A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2610 Galveston St., San Diego.