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IN MEMORY: Lexington’s Buddy Wheeler has died

IN MEMORY: Lexington’s Buddy Wheeler has died.

Wheeler Pharmacy is a family-run pharmacy and soda fountain located in the heart of the Romany neighborhood in Chevy Chase. 

William “Buddy” Wheeler died February 8, 2024 at the age of 89. He opened Wheeler Pharmacy in 1958, just 2 years after graduating from the UK College of Pharmacy, and recently described it as his greatest accomplishment in life. Despite selling Wheeler’s to his daughter in 2020, Buddy was involved in behind the scenes operations up until his death. Buddy’s presence will be greatly missed. 

Commerce Lexington said of his passing, “Over the years, Wheeler Pharmacy has become a Lexington tradition, and today Buddy’s entrepreneurial spirit lives on through his children and other family members. We salute Buddy for his positive impact on the Lexington business community, and we send our deepest condolences to his family and all who loved him.”

Congressman Andy Barr said, “I grew up going to Wheeler Pharmacy and still enjoy spending time there with my family. May Buddy rest in peace.” 

Mayor Linda Gorton wrote, ”William ‘Buddy’ Wheeler founded a business, Wheeler Pharmacy, that has become a landmark in the Chevy Chase and Romany Road area. Since 1958, people have relied on the business for drugstore needs, but also as a place to gather at the soda fountain for food and conversation. Buddy will be remembered for his kindness to all those he encountered.”

Upon learning of his passing, one customer wrote, “My heart just burst into a million pieces! He always made it a point to ask how I was doing, ask about the family, congratulate or offer condolences for whatever I was going through — and he almost always knew before I told him. Buddy always had the tea. He will be missed.”

Another wrote, “This man, his family, and the employees are part of the backbone of our community. Kind. Friendly. Caring. A great legacy.”

Customers can still order a “Buddy Burger” at the soda fountain. 

This article appears on page 7 of the April 2024 print edition of Ace. To subscribe to digital delivery of Ace Magazine each month, click here.

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