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John Butler

John Charles Butler

Sunday, March 1st, 1931 - Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
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It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of John Butler who died peacefully at home on March 24, 2020 in his 90th year after a brief illness with his family by his side. John was originally from Broughton, England but grew up in Liverpool. He left his National Service as a pilot officer before emigrating to Canada with his wife Pat.

John was a Professional Engineer and was president of Gas Machinery before joining the Ontario Energy Board as a member and then Vice Chair. He left to become an Energy Consultant before finally retiring at the age of 83. After which he was an active member of the Probus Club of Old Oakville, as a Management Committee Member planning annual events.

He was the most generous, kind and loving family man anyone could ask for. He loved to travel, fix or build anything around the house, paint ceramic houses for the families Christmas villages, and spend as much time with his family as possible.

He leaves behind his wife Pat of 67 years with whom he travelled the world, daughters Leslie, Tracey (Scott) and grandchildren Amy, Kirsten, Andrea and Michael. His niece Pat (Graham) and family in Melbourne Australia. He was predeceased by his brother Len, son Craig and granddaughter Julia. He will be greatly missed by lifelong family friends Alf and Marion, many friends and family both here and in England, and members of the Probus Club.

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John Lawton

Posted at 01:20pm
I was very saddened to hear of John's passing and send my sincere condolences to Pat and family. I met John through his consulting work for the New Brunswick Public Utilities Board. That meeting developed into a wonderful friendship and I so enjoyed our meetings and telephone calls. A true gentleman with a wonderful zest for life. Thinking of his smile and that twinkle in his eyes, a dear friend I will miss. God Bless you all!

John Lawton

Graham and Trish Bergin

Posted at 11:57pm
My name is Graham Bergin and I am married to John`s niece, Trish in Australia
Trish migrated to Melbourne from England in 1947 as a two year old with her parents Len and Emily Butler, Len being John`s older brother. We met John in the early 1970`s when he and Pat visited Len. I recall him as being tall, slight, fun to be around and having a strange accent.
We have been blessed to get to know him over perhaps eight visits to us and our visits to your country. We have maintained regular phone calls and e mails as he was always interested in our lives and we in him and his family.
I recall the 2007 Thanksgiving lunch we had with Leslie and an evening meal with Tracey and Scott. The noise that emanated from those tables was wonderful as all present enjoyed meeting their family from downunder. Oooh and that pumpkin pie.
John sat there as proud as any man could be.
Trish had not returned to her birth country until we met up with John and Pat in the U.K. a trip that remains with us as the holiday of a lifetime. They introduced Trish and I to where she was born and the life she left behind.
John was a proud Canadian who maintained his British heritage.
He was a proud father and grandfather. He was the `rock` to his family and Pat was behind him for 67 years no doubt helping him through the tough times and everyday life.
To the younger family, Amy, Kirsten, Andrea and Michael, I suggest that before you commence going down what could be a rocky road, stop and think - `what would Grandpa want me to do`? If you follow this thought you will come out the other end a better person.
John Butler was a good man and I thought long and hard before deciding that he was one of the finest men that I have met. I can think of only two other to match.
We lived our lives far apart and yet we were very close.
We are missing that tall, thin `bloke` with the funny accent.
To Pat and family, be strong and relive the good times you all shared together.
Graham and Trish Bergin.


Joan and Rob

Posted at 12:33pm
John was the ultimate Gentleman in all senses of the word. He will be sadly missed. It was a privileged to be his friend.
Condolences and Love to Pat and his family.
Joan and Rob McKenna

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