Art Buchwald buried on the Vineyard
Listening to the tributes were long-time friends Olga Hirschhorn (right), Mike and Mary Wallace, Jules Feiffer, Bob Brustein, Walter Cronkite, and Joanna Simon. Photos by CK Wolfson
This past Sunday at West Chop Cemetery, under sweet breezes and a perfect Vineyard blue sky, the remains of the Island's adopted favorite son, Art Buchwald, were buried next to the gravesite of his former wife, Ann McGarry Buchwald. With the pomp of a United States Marine Corps color guard, and the warmth of personal tributes and informal recollections by the small gathering of friends and family, Mr. Buchwald's generosity, humor, and extraordinarily singular nature were celebrated.
Close friend Mike Wallace, standing next to Joel and Corbin Buchwald, recounts some caring memories.
Those who spoke included his son Joel Buchwald, close friends Mike Wallace, Lucy Hackney, Bob Brustein, Rose Styron, Ann and Don Brown, and Sue Bailey. As each shared his and her personal anecdotes - usually humorous, consistently loving - it was clear there was a consensus: Whatever the speaker's credentials or the circumstance being referenced, Art Buchwald treated each with the same loyal affection, and was cherished by each in return.
Rose Styron (left) and Tamara Buchwald, holding her daughter Tate, read Art Buchwald's favorite poem, "In Flanders Field."
At one point in the morning's service, a quickly convened small chorus led the singing of the classic, "I'll Be Seeing You." Carly Simon offered an a cappella rendition of her own, "Too Soon to Say Goodbye," inspired by the title of Mr. Buchwald's last book. Daughter-in-law Tamara Buchwald joined Rose Styron in a reading of the Pulitzer prize-winning columnist's favorite poem, "In Flanders Field." At the conclusion, Mr. Buchwald's friend and doctor from Washington, D.C., Dr. Michael Newman, recited the Kaddish, a traditional Hebrew mourners' prayer.