James E. “Jim” Buhl, Jr., Sgt., Quincy Police Dept., Ret., age 81

of Weymouth

James E. “Jim” Buhl, Jr., Sgt., Quincy Police Dept., Ret., age 81

James E. “Jim” Buhl, Jr., Sergeant, Quincy Police Department, Retired age 81, of Weymouth, died peacefully, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at home, in the comfort of his loving family.

Jim was born in South Boston, to the late James E. and Genevieve E. (Meleski) Buhl. Raised and educated in South Boston, he graduated from Gate of Heaven Elementary School and South Boston High School, Class of 1955. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a Master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. He lived in Weymouth for over thirty years, previously in South Boston. He and his wife were longtime winter residents of Naples, Fla.

Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-1959.

Jim was proud to be a member of the Quincy Police Department. He was appointed to the department on April 17, 1964, promoted to Sergeant on December 6, 1971, and retired on February 10, 1999 after thirty-five years of service.

Jim loved playing and watching sports. He was an athlete and played football during his time in the Air Force. He especially enjoyed college football and was a longtime Boston College season ticket holder. Jim also played golf, softball, and bowling.

He was a member of the Quincy Sons of Italy and Quincy Lodge of Elks.

Beloved husband for thirty-two years of Florence E. “Flo” (Pushee) Buhl.

Devoted father of James Buhl and his wife Kim of Jacksonville, Fla., William Buhl and his wife Becky of Fox River Grove, Ill., Stephanie Buhl and Kyle Shaw of Jacksonville, N.C., Suzanne Shea and her husband Douglas of Bourne, Laurie Heffron and her husband Michael of Hanover.

Loving grandfather of Christopher and Sydney Buhl of Fla., Benjamin and Brady Buhl of Ill., Peter Cogswell, Mashpee, P.D. and Mikayla Cogswell, both of Mashpee, Anthony, Dominic and Dante Heffron of Hanover, and the late Jessica Cogswell.

Cherished great-grandfather of Casey Michael Cogswell of Mashpee and Isabella Robison of Fleming Island, Fla.

Jim was predeceased by his sister, Patricia MacDonald, and his nephew, Daniel MacDonald.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, July 12, from 2 – 4 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, Quincy, on Monday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at the Central Cemetery, Middleboro. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or to the Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370 or to Shriners Hospitals for Children Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.


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  • We are very sorry for your loss. Jim was an absolute gentleman and great police officer. He was my Sergeant when I was first appointed to the Quincy Police Department and after I was promoted to Sergeant, we worked the same shift together and he was instrumental in guiding me through my new duties. He was a true “cop’s cop” and he will surely be missed. Our condolences to Flo and the entire family.

    Jeff and Nancy Burrell

  • My deepest condolences to your family, whom I have known most of my life. Childhood friendships turning into lifelong family. Thoughts and prayers to all of you! Rest peacefully Jim!
    Love Heidi and Trevor

  • Kevin and I are heart broken for your family Flo,Suzanne,Laurie..

  • My sincerest condolences to you all for this great loss. As you gather together to mourn your beloved Jim, let the memories of his life with you keep comforting you. Prayers and hugs sent from Florida.

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. Jim was an amazing man with such a sweet soul. We will cherish our fond memories of him forever. With much love.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. From the family of Sgt. Hugo Cardarelli, QPD.

  • To Flo and the family
    My sincere condolences celebrate Jim’s life not his passing We we’re partners in the two car in the north end on last half’s for many years he was a real good partner you could depend on . We played on the police softball team together for ten years and won many games when everybody wanted to beat the Police.

  • Flo: Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Love Mary & Paul

  • Worked with Jim 40 plus years ago.. great guy great boss. He worked with my father who retired prior to Jim. My Dad had great respect for him.. Told me he was one of the good ones..

  • Our sincere sympathy Flo to you and your family. We are so sad that Jimmy lost his battle after such a long fight. Rest in Peace Jimmy.

    Bill and Donna

  • I was honored to have served with a man who was so respected by the men he led. SGT Buhl was a cops, cop who always had our backs and always tried to lead us in the right direction when one of us screwed up. I trusted him, I respected him and I’ll always honor him. Rest In Peace my friend and we’ll see you on the other side. Be strong Flo, he was an amazing man and he will be missed by all who stood with him and learned from him as l did as my first supervisor on the job.

  • Flo and Family,
    As you know some of the guys, retired and active, got together yesterday to remember Jimmy, lift a glass and talk about his upcoming funeral. There were a few tears but mostly smiles. The stories of his guidance,kindness, caring, teaching policing by the golden rule and having a sense of humor. Want to thank you for sharing him with us.
    Peace to his memory of this good Man.
    Tom B

  • We are very sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure of meeting Jim and Flo in 2019, we have a good time visiting with them along with Becky & Bill.

    -Scott & Vicki Bawinkel

  • Flo and family, since the beginning of your marriage and throughout Chris and I have felt we have been part of your extended family. Staying with you in Florida those time we will always cherish. On a personal note losing Jim to me was like losing a big brother. I will miss him.

  • Flo,
    I was very sorry to read in the Weymouth News of the loss of your husband Jim.
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May he rest in peace.


  • Flo,so very sorry for your loss.Jimmy was a great guy,got to know him through you and Timmy Tobin.May God Bless him🙏🙏🙏🙏