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CATA loses valued employee Buckley

November 22, 2010

Dennis Buckley, marketing director for the CATA since 1996, died Aug. 7 after a two-year bout with colon cancer. He was 62.

Buckley was immersed in many of the activities of the association, and his optimism was infectious.

"Dennis battled his disease the same way he went about all his business: in an upbeat manner. Even though his trips to the office grew infrequent, Dennis still tried to contribute, to lighten the loads of others," said CATA President Jerry Cizek.


Buckley recognized the sales reach of the Internet, and he served on the board of managers of since the entity’s inception in 2000.


He also helped manage the Illinois chapter of Safe Wheels of America, a program that promotes safe driving habits to driver’s education students.


As marketing director, Buckley arranged the various Chicago Auto Show sponsorship deals that help fund the show.


Buckley’s personal ambitions spanned many interests, from earning an airplane pilot’s license to running the Chicago Marathon. He loved fine wines and cooking, and his passion for golf was insatiable.

Buckley is survived by his wife Lauren, daughter Kristin, and two granddaughters. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Medical Research Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Western Springs, IL 60558.