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Buchanan Memorial

John Buchanan Memorial Fund

A Special Gift for Fur Friends 

A special memorial fund has been established at The Elizabethan Gardens to honor John Buchanan and his love of animals. This fund will be used for individual annual dog memberships, to allow our members to enjoy the quiet and serene beauty with their “best dog friends.”

John Gatewood Buchanan, IV (8/27/87-12/23/2021) of Kitty Hawk, NC had deep roots in the Outer Banks. His great grandmother, Mary Pritchard Coleman, was born and raised in Elizabeth City and spent her summers at the beach. Four generations of his family have enjoyed coming to the Outer Banks for over 100 years. In fact, his grandfather and uncle were in the Outer Banks the day he was born.

John was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. and spent six years of his childhood abroad in Thailand and Peru. He was a sports fanatic and loved spending time with family and friends. He was an excellent golfer and competed in the Virginia State Golf Championship and other national tournaments while a student at James Robinson Secondary School. After graduating from James Madison University, he worked in Washington, D.C. in banking and retirement fund management. In search of a simpler life he moved to the Outer Banks to manage his own pool and spa business where he took great pride in caring for his customers. John could often be seen at work with his dogs.

John developed a love for animals at an early age and enjoyed a variety of pets throughout his life to include a snake, turtle, rabbits, a hedgehog, birds, cats, and dogs. His last fur babies, Bella (dog), Mac (dog), and Bosley (cat) were all rescued from the OBX SPCA animal shelter. John cared deeply for the people he knew and all animals. In remembrance of John, this memorial was established in an effort to help others enjoy time with their dogs at no personal expense in the beautiful, peaceful environment of The Elizabethan Gardens.

To learn more about becoming a member for yourself and your “best dog friend,” follow these links: Membership.


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  • Dr. Catherine McGrogan and Dr. Roger Allen
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  • Betty and Greg Bradley
  • Janis and Peter Collins
  • Judith and Thomas Copeman
  • Angela and Bill Culbertson
  • Jackson and J.T. Dixon
  • Patrice and Daniel Dwyer
  • Judith and Jan Flakowicz
  • Anita and Mark Frena
  • Melissa and James Gibson
  • Beverly and Barry Goldsmith
  • Linda and Gary Hall
  • Rosemarie and Mark Halloran
  • Latisa and John Head
  • Sally and Stephen Hotchkiss
  • Colleen and Jeffrey Hummel
  • Tonilu and Danny Joyner
  • Mary and Ed Kitchen
  • R.C. and J.C. Koch
  • Ellen and Paul Kruse
  • Susan and Edward Lang
  • Barbara and Michael Lanman
  • Elizabeth and Rod McCaughey
  • Heidi and Jeffrey McShea
  • Maureen and John Montgomery
  • Sue Mortensen
  • Marie and Rob Neilson
  • Holly and Graham Pembroke
  • Carol and Glenn Riggin
  • Diane and Christopher Rohan
  • Ann and Tom Rust
  • Wanda and Jack Salmon Jr.
  • Kathryn and Robert Sanborn
  • Ann and Mark Sellers
  • Constance Serafin
  • Paula and Ike Sherlock
  • Pat and Glenn Smith
  • Joanne and Richard Sulik
  • Patricia and Francis Toolan
  • Candie Tran
  • Barbara and Michael Williams
  • Barbara and Howard Withycombe
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