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Cara A. (Linehan) Buckwell
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“We all mourn the death of Dear Cara and share the pain of Dan, Claire and all of her family. We pray that through her memorial her strength and...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Bob McGregor - Norcross, GA

“I am so incredibly sorry for your family. All of the Douglass family is thinking of you. We only wish we could do more. ”
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Jessica Douglass - Melrose, MA

“My thoughts are with u Ann &Jim, Buckwell family at this most difficult time. Please accept my sencere condolences for your beautiful daughter Cara's...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Lucille Canzano - Melrose, MA

“Cara and I were friends in school. I went through old photos the other day and saw one of her smiling. She will be sorely missed. May you shine wth...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Laura Faass-Crissinger - Melrose, MA

“I worked with Ann when she first came to Boston. She married Jim and had 3 beautiful girls. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Cara was a special...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary beth Coville - Barnstable, MA

“Cara and i were hospital roommates just over a month ago. I did not know her other than we were both treated medically at the same time. She seemed...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Marcia Rothenberg - Boston, MA

“As the Linehan family's dentist, we had the pleasure of knowing and watching all of these wonderful girls grow up. It is with such profound sadness...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Mark & Suzanne Connolly - Medford, MA

“To the Linehan and Buckwell families - I am deeply sorry for your loss. I worked and played softball with Cara briefly while we were both employed...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Michelle Lessard - Walpole, MA

“Dear Ann - I am so sorry for your loss and the devastating pain you and your entire family are going through. Such a terribly sad situation. Please...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Deborah Rizzo - Melrose, MA

“I am so very sorry for your immense loss. I worked with Cara at Vistaprint and will always remember her beautiful smile and how sweet she was. My...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Shelley Locke

“To the Linehan & Buckwell Families,Words seem inadequate to express how deeply saddened I am to hear of Cara's passing. My heartfelt condolences go...Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Holly Steiss - MA - Teacher

“The Laundre family is deeply saddened by the passing of Cara, a young and vibrant daughter, sister, wife and mother. The Linehan and Buckwell family...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Joyce and Glenn Laundre - Reading, MA

“It is with sadness that we take a moment to send our message to the Buckwell and Linehan families. Cara will be missed, but never forgotten. We...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: dru & john (fresher)-guyan - CT

“Dear Ann, Jim, Dan & Claire, Drew & Alex:We were very sorry to hear of Cara's passing. There are just no words. It is heartbreaking for all of those...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim & Ingrid Long - Melrose, MA

“The Houlihan Family is deeply saddened by Cara's passing. Cara coached my daughters, Brigid and Breegan at Bishop Fenwick. Cara was a fantastic coach...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim Houlihan - Nahant, MA

“Mr.&Mrs. Linehan and all who loved Cara, my heartand prayers are sent to your broken hearts. I taught your daughter Laura at OLN and we wept with you...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Patricia Tamagini - Wakefield, MA

“The Williams family first met Cara's family some 15 years ago in the chaos of registration line at UMBC. Cara's family were a welcoming and calming...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert Williams - Cohasset, MA

“In the world we live in, we're reminded of how happiness can turn to sorrow on a dime. I'm shocked and saddened to hear Cara's passing. We were...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Aaron Beer - Natick, MA

“Anne, Jim and Drew,There are simply no words. Our deepest sympathies to each of you, as we pray for your strength. With love and compassion, The...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Sandi Lipnoski - Melrose, MA

“To Cara's family, I am so very sorry for your profound loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I worked with Cara for a few years...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer Johnson - Brooklyn, CT

“You are all in our thoughts and prayers.With our Sincere Sympathy,Elaine & Doug MacDonald ”
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Elaine and Doug MacDonald - MA

“What a beautiful tribute to an amazing young lady taken too soon. May you all find comfort in a beautiful life well lived and loved. My sincere...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Sally Dully - Shelton, CT

“Dear Cara's Family and friends my thoughts prayers and definitely my heart goes out to all of you today and always. Cara has been in my heart and...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Denise Galarneau - Palmer, MA

“So sorry for your loss. ”
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Mullaney - Melrose, MA

“Our thoughts are with you during this painful time.From a Melrose Lincoln School Family (Hollands-Bouchard) ”
25 of 100+ | Posted by: LISA BOUCHARD - MELROSE, MA

“I am very sad and shocked to learn of Cara's passing.We met on the "Run for Research" team for the Boston Marathon in 2011.Every Saturday morning we...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Joyce - Somerville, MA

“Dear Ann, Jim and Drew,How terribly saddened I was to learn of Cara's death. Please know that your family will be in my thoughts.Fondly, Meg DeAgazio ”
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Margaret DeAgazio - OGUNQUIT, ME

“I have never met any of you, but saw the tragic news as posted by a friend on Facebook. I was moved to tears by the obituary and felt compelled to...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Elizabeth Houser - Albany, NY

“Dear Dan, Claire, Ann, Jim, Drew and Alex,I am sending you my deepest heartfelt sympathy. I am so grateful to have known Cara. She was such an...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Andrea Kulish Wilhelm - Asheville, NC

“Dear Dan, Claire and Family,Please accept my heartfelt condolences at the passing of your sweet Cara. May you find comfort in each other and in the...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathy Kawa - Whitman, MA

“Dear Annie and Jimmy,There are no words...just that we are thinking of you and praying for you and your family.Much love,Rose and Teddy ”
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Rose and Teddy Martin - Lynn, MA

“A beautiful life snuffed out by fate in the prime of her youth. Hard to believe, hard to bear! We were lucky to see her at the wedding of Reuben and...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Chacko Thomas - New Delhi

“Drew, what a lovely tribute to your dear sister. She sounds like an amazingly talented, spirited and generous woman. My thoughts are with you and...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Carolyn Holland - Cambridge, MA

“What an amazing woman. That was such a beautiful tribute to the incredible things she was able to accomplish during her short time here. Drew, my...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Melissa Powers - Weymouth, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Cara well, but our son Everett is in daycare with Claire, so we've crossed paths at MDCC. My thoughts...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Tom Heigham - Dorchester, MA

“My deepest condolences to the Linehan and Buchwell families. I am absolutely heartbroken over Cara's passing. I swam with Cara at UMBC and I don't...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Astrid Sperling - Fort Lauderdale, FL

“Dan, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Thinking of you and hope the memories you have will sustain you during this difficult time.Sharon ”
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Sharon Seltzer - Waltham, MA

“I am so very sorry for your devastating loss. My heart goes out to your entire family. ”
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Roberta Gertz - Melrose, MA

“I am so heart broken to hear this news. Cara, Ann, Jim, Drew you are in my prayers. I knew Cara from the Confirmation program at St. Mary's and she...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Lynn Frazel- Flaherty - Dracut, MA

“Dan I'm devestated hearing about Cara. I'm so so sorry. My most sincere condolences to you and your family and your sweet little girl. Cara was so...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Tracy McGowan - New York City, NY

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Linehan family during this time. ”
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Frank Tortorella - Houston, TX

“Cara was a wonderful, kind, supportive and dedicated swim coach. Our heart goes out to her family and friends. We are so very sorry for your loss. ...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Taylor Rubbins - Melrose, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. I only knew Cara for a short period, we met through the mom group at work. But I can say that she made quite an impact....Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: lauryn reifinger - Philadelphia, PA

“As a former co-worker of Cara you will never forget that smile. Through good times and bad, you could always see that smile from miles away. I'm so...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Dan Clarke - Lexington

“Dan,I am so sad to hear of Cara's passing. I remember her fondly from her lunchtime visits at work. Please know that you and your family are in my...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Emily Berman - Franklin, MA

“Our Deepest Sympathy, for your loss..,Cara was way to young, but the good Lord has other plans..I remember Cara mostly when she was younger, always...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Jackie Bossi - East Boston, MA

“To Cara's Family and Friends Please accept my deepest sympathies. You are in my thoughts and prayers.Sincerely,Michael Sullivan ”
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Sullivan - Cambridge, MA

“Dan, my deepest sympathy. I pray you find comfort in family, friends, and prayer. Your family will certainly be in my prayers. God Bless you Dan. ”
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Brandi Miller - Dallas, GA

“Dear Dan,My sincere condolences to you and your family. I am very sorry for your loss. ”
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Martha Bean - Essex, CT

“Dearest Father Stephen, Betty, the Linehan and Buckwell families,Our deepest sympathy to you on the profound loss of Cara. May you find strength in...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Roberta Trahan - Franklin, MA

“You are all in my thoughts and prayers ”
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathleen Linehan - Chicago, IL

“To the Linehan and Buckwell families,I was a former co-worker of Cara's at Vistaprint for several years. I'm so saddened by the news of Cara's...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: David Ball - Hudson, NH

“My sincere condolences to the Buckwell and Linehan families. Cara was taken from you too soon. It's been a while since I had been in touch with...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Amy Mensch - Olney, MD

“Gone but not forgotten. Rest in eternal peace Cara. ”
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Dottie Benoit - Waltham, MA

“To Dan, Claire, and the Linehan and Buckwell families,Our deepest sympathies from Cara's work family at Vistaprint. Words can't begin to describe...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Megan Morahan - Waltham, MA

“The Melrose and Malden Baby Cafe groups are very sad to hear of the passing of Clara. She and her daughter Claire frequently attended the Baby Cafe...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Lucia Jenkins - wakefield, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Chrissy Linehan - Tucson, AZ

“A great Coach and even better person. She made every practice worth waking up early for. Always pushing us to our limits and putting a smile on our...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Benjamin Kaupp - Wichita, KS

“Everyone here at Vistaprint/Cimpress is devastated by Cara's passing. May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Deirdre Nargi - Waltham, MA

“My prayers and love go out to Cara's friends and family. I only had the chance to meet Cara a few times as a fellow new mom. I will always smile...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Beth Meade - Beverly, MA

“Dan,My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you with his comfort and peace during your time of grief. ”
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Danyelle Hannum - Center, TX

“Dan, My heart hurts for you. I am praying for strength and peace for you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Danyelle Hannum - Center, TX

“Sending my sincere condolences. Cara was a wonderful and kind person. ”
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Carolyn Lavin - Needham, MA

“Dan,Please know you & your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathies, may God bless you and guide you during this difficult time....Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Monica Richards - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Ann and Jim, We are so very sorry to hear of Cara's passing, a bright full of fun young girl who we remember from Lincoln School, I have fond...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Laura Ploof - Friend

“I had the pleasure of knowing Cara as she was becoming a new mother, as I am Claire's teacher at daycare. Almost immediately I could tell how...Read More »
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Gina Squizzero - Melrose

“Dear Dan, Claire and the whole Linehan family, So sorry for your tragic loss. I only knew Cara for a few short months. But what a sweet gentle...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Ann Sulluvan - Melrose, MA

“Dan, my words cannot fully express the sorrow I feel after learning about Cara. May you ever treasure the wonderful times you had and my prayers are...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Charline Caetano - Scituate, MA

“I have opened and read this a good 50x not able to believe it's true, and not sure what to say. Cara was one of the most caring, amazing, hard...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Kiersten DeWyngaert - Peabody, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. I went to elementary school up with her. She was such a wonderful woman. And know that she will always be smiling down...Read More »
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Ashley McCrea - West Haven, CT

“Hi Dan,I was deeply saddened to hear of your wife's passing, and wished to express my heartfelt condolences to you and your family in this difficult...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Ross Forbes - Waltham, MA

“My family and I are mighty sorry to hear about the passing of Cara. May the Almighty Lord accept this great Angel in his Heavenly Kingdom! May God...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“DanYou and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Dana Grady - Duxbury, MA

“Dan, our sympathies to you and your family. May God bless and be with you, Claire, and your families always. ”
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Bill & Kristen Faust - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dan, my heart breaks for you and your family. My prayer is that the body of Christ surrounds you and Claire so that you would feel God's presence in...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Jessica Anderson - Canton, GA

“I am so sorry to hear of Cara's passing. I knew her and her precious baby Claire from our nursing mom's group. She was a beloved, caring member of...Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Eve LaRochelle - Andover, MA

“Daniel, I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that God will wrap you in his glory and offer you and your family the peace and solace that you...Read More »
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Anna Rogers - Nampa, ID

“Our thoughts & prayers are with you & Jimmy & your entire family on this tragic loss. We love you ”
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Anita Frank - Syosset, NY

“DanOur thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Dana Grady - Duxbury, MA - Friend

“Dan,I am so sorry for you, Claire, your family and Cara's family. I remember meeting Cara at the bridal shower we had for you both at work. She was...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Debra Meade - Pompano Beach, FL

“Dan, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you have a lot of support ready to help in any way possible. Sending love and light to you and...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Jessica Parker - Acworth, GA

“To the Linehan & Buckwell families,First let me tell you who I am... I'm Gina Squizzero's mom... Gina is Clare' daycare teacher... Gina is so...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Barbara Squizzero - Melrose, MA

“Dear Cara's Family,I remember Cara when she entered kindergarten at Lincoln School.Smart. Beautiful. Independent.A shocking tragedy. I am so sorry...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: KAREN Hawthorne - Medford, MA

“Dan - you, Claire, and your family are in my thoughts always. I can only imagine your extraordinary loss. Sending much love and hope your way,...Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“I don't have the words to express how incredibly sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Jessica Douglass - Melrose, MA

“Cara was my co-worker and dear friend. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. To say that she connected with everyone on our team and vice...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Meghan Scanlon - North Attleboro, MA

“Dan, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. God will see you through.Cathy Hamilton ”
87 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Dan you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that we will be praying for your strength and let me...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Cindy Epps - Kingstree, SC

“Cara was such a significant friend of mine when I struggled through my cancer at such a young age. I remember it like yesterday how she made me feel...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Jacke Lanthier (Berg) - Derry, NH

“Cara was a special coach in the Central Catholic Conference. She reached out and helped me connect with the other coaches 4 years ago when Marian HS...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Sue Morse - Natick, MA

“Daniel,I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.Linda ”
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Zimmerman - Kansas City, MO

“Cara will truly be missed. She was an amazing woman full of love. She made each of every one of the swim team kids feel special. She was much more...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Gelsomina Long - Peabody, MA

“Cara was a remarkable young woman who touched the lives of many. We were blessed to know her and spend four wonderful years with her on the...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Debbie Andrews - Beverly, MA

“Dear Dan, Claire, Linehan and Buckwell families,I've worked with Cara since she started at Vistaprint over 9 years ago. She was so much more than a...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Joanna Alves - Watertown, MA

“Dear Linehan and Buckwell families, Beth, Sarah, David and I hold you all tight to our hearts. Beth and I are here to offer any support we can. ...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Tuggelin Yourgrau - Melrose, MA

“Dear Linehans and Buckwell's, Beth and I hold you close to our hearts. We are here for any daily support we can give you. We are devastated by your...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Tuggelin Yourgrau - Melrose, MA

“I will miss everything about Cara, but especially her genuine smile and warmth. Cara has been a co-worker of mine for almost 10 years now, and she...Read More »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Elly Brady - Waltham, MA

“We are so grateful to have known Coach Cara. She was a constant cheerleader, mentor and motivator at the Melrose Y. Her smile and enthusiasm for...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Patty, Ed,EJ and Bridget Kelley - MA

“Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in the words found at John 6:40. CR ”
99 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“We will miss Cara so much. She was a beautiful, loving, talented person. She was not just the coach of the Fenwick swim team, but she was a role...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Amy Christuk - MA - Friend

Cara (Linehan) Buckwell, a premiere Division I swimmer and marathon runner, tackled every athletic endeavor with fervor and a pronounced focus on achievement. When faced with a stage-four lung cancer diagnosis in March, she applied the same will, commitment and determination to her recovery. Tough, resilient and graceful. It was an unfair match, despite her lifelong preparation. She died on July 11th.

The daughter of Jim and Ann Linehan, Cara grew up in Melrose with her sisters Drew and the late Laura Linehan in their parents' home on Wyoming Heights. She attended Melrose Schools until she entered Bishop Fenwick as a Freshman where she enjoyed a stellar swimming career and captained the swim team, catapulting her to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she swam on a scholarship at the championship level for four years. She captained UMBC her senior year. She was an accomplished breaststroker and did a mean I.M.

While at UMBC she studied art and graphic design which she practiced professionally since graduating in 2005, working as the Art Director at Vistaprint for the last 9 years. She has served as the family and friend graphic designer for all weddings, events and parties for those she loved.

Cara chose to share her talent in swimming by coaching at the Melrose YMCA and then for the Bishop Fenwick High School team. Bishop Fenwick was undefeated in her last three years as coach, and Cara was named the Boston Globe, Division 2 Girls Swim Coach of the Year in 2016.

She married her best friend and soulmate Daniel Buckwell on October 13, of 2012. Their first date was in July of 2007. They became parents last August to Claire Christine Buckwell, an exceptionally smiley, well-dispositioned, playful and adventure-seeking child.

Cara and her family and friends were supportive of the Liver Foundation as a result of losing her then 20-year old sister Laura awaiting a liver transplant in 2008. Cara ran for the "Run for Research" team in the Boston Marathon in 2011 in the name of her sister, and cries of "Go Liver" dominated the day as she ran her first marathon in just over 4 hours. Cara raised money and awareness for both the American Liver Foundation and Donate Life for organ donation.

Always active, Cara loved swimming with her Masters team and playing on champion co-ed softball teams. She also loved her job, and her co-workers were a second family to her. Her family, her friends, her co-workers, her teammates and her swimmers were very special to Cara. She thrived in the pool, had fun at the beach and on the Cape, and cherished her trips abroad.

Cara and Dan bought their first house in 2013, bringing their "can do" spirit to a home renovation project. Ever the resourceful couple, they built, repaired and reclaimed what they could to make their house beautiful with a lot of sweat equity and hard work.

Among the many people with broken hearts who have not yet been mentioned are her brother-in-law Alex Jacobs of Melrose, her grandmother Elizabeth Linehan of Cambridge, Dan's parents, Stephen and Laurie (McGregor) Buckwell and his brother Christopher, all of Hamilton, and a load of loving aunts, uncles, cousins and fast friends.

After beating pneumonia, Cara was diagnosed with stage-4, non-small cell lung cancer. From April - July 11th, 2017, Cara was given all treatments available to fight the disease. Few therapies helped. Her entire circuit of family and friends worked together to ensure she was included in the latest Clinical Drug Trial at Mass General Hospital. During every step, Cara was polite, accommodating, and never complained. Cara was so incredibly strong from her years of swimming, running and spinning that she defied science at the end. Never a smoker, lung cancer was an inconceivable opponent. Her strength and mindset persevered. She did not, would not, surrender. Eventually, her lungs were not able to maintain the oxygen level needed, and she passed away under the care of her amazing medical team. Her death was a cruel and tragic blow at the age of 34.

As an advocate for organ donation, it is an honor for Cara to be able to donate her cornea which will give sight to two people. Additionally, tissue has also been donated for cancer research in hopes of sparing anyone who may suffer from this disease in the future.

Her husband Dan wants her to be remembered as a strong woman who treasured family and friends. Her favorite color was purple, and friends and family might consider purple when choosing their attire as a sweet gesture to Cara at her services.

A Wake for Cara will be held at Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster Street, Melrose, from 2-7 PM on Sunday, July 16, and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church in Melrose, at 10 AM on Monday, July 17. She will be buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

The family has established the Cara Buckwell Fund and donations can be made at Melrose Bank, 638 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176. The family prefers donations to the Fund, but should folks want to send flowers it would be a nice tribute in purple.