‘Prince of Pitsmoor’ given knighthood

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A SHEFFIELD-born millionaire industrialist was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to trade and industry.

Pitsmoor-born Sir George William Buckley, aged 64, is the chairman, president, and chief executive of giant corporation 3M, which makes famous products including Post-It Notes and Scotch tape.

He is currently based in St Paul, Minnesota and has lived and worked in the USA for over 30 years, holding directorships at a number of other companies.

His two sisters Jean and Susan are still based in Sheffield and are looking forward to a visit by their brother next month.

“We are so chuffed by this, completely over the moon,” said Jean, who is a year older than her brother.

“George was once called the Prince of Pitsmoor, he’s really worked his way to the top and we can’t believe he will now be going to be knighted by the Queen.”

Sir George was educated at Springvale School in Pitsmoor and Southey Green School, the area to which his family was moved after slum clearance.

He became an apprentice electrician at the age of 15 at steel company Samuel Osborn, but later took courses at Granville College before going on to a degree at Huddersfield University in electrical engineering.

He later completed his PhD in engineering at Southampton University before emigrating to work for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit.

Most of Sir George’s career has since been in the USA, though he did return to the UK to work for British Rail, living near Bakewell, where he still has a home.

Other companies he has worked for include Brunswick Corporation and Emerson Electric.

Jean said her brother’s job took him all over the world, but he was due back in England soon.

“He loves shopping in Sheffield when he’s here – there’s all sort of things he buys which he can’t get back home, such as decent chocolate!” she said.

Sir George is divorced with seven children aged between 17 and 42, and a new granddaughter.

“He’ll be back at his Bakewell house in July and we’ll be getting together then for a really good celebration,” Jean added.