Fred Buckine, a former Hillsborough County judge and prosecutor and the husband of Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince for 38 years, died Saturday.
He was 75 and lived in Tallahassee. Peggy Quince, the first black woman to serve on the state Supreme Court, was appointed in December 1998.
Known for his love of the law and for his public speaking ability, Buckine grew up in Bradenton, served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years including two tours of duty in Vietnam, and received his law degree from the Catholic University law school in Washington, D.C. A family statement noted that he was among the first 100 black lawyers to be licensed to practice law in Florida.
Buckine was a charter member of the George Edgecomb Bar Association of Tampa and was active in the Urban League and the NAACP.
In a statement, Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga said of Buckine: “He was not merely an accomplished lawyer, professor, and administrative law judge. He also was a beloved member of the Florida Supreme Court family whose love of education combined with a compelling public speaking voice contributed so much to our own outreach programs as well to the many mentoring programs he espoused. He will be sorely missed.”
A memorial service for Buckine will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 3005 East Elliott St., in Tampa.