BUTTERWICK – Richard Francis “Dick”

BUTTERWICK – Richard Francis “Dick”, a lifelong resident of St. Thomas, died in his 84th year on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Valleyview Home, surrounded by his family. The son of Harold Gilbert “Red” Butterwick and Thelma Evelyn (Mulvaney) Butterwick, he was born June 3, 1931, in St. Thomas where he attended Myrtle Street Public School and St. Thomas Collegiate Institute. He is survived by his wife of near 64 years Marion June (Smith) Butterwick, his eternal companion, and children Shelley Butterwick, Mark Butterwick, Todd (Laurine) Butterwick, Drew (Ardath) Butterwick and Cory (Cathy) Butterwick, all of St. Thomas. Also survived by grandchildren Katie (Steve) Plumb of London, Mason Butterwick of St. Thomas; Dr. Derek (Dr. Jaana Kastikainen) Butterwick of Vancouver, B.C., Marcie Butterwick of London, Kelsey Butterwick (fiancé Jeff Bradley) of Port Stanley; Paige Butterwick of St. Thomas, Caverly (Nathan) Smith of Halifax, N.S., Jesse Butterwick of St. Thomas; Sarah (Jamal) Butterwick Charles of Toronto, Brooke (Greg) Snowsell of St. Thomas; and great-grandchildren Jack Plumb; Isla Butterwick; Ash O’Connor, Charlie Butterwick, Cameron and Rose Smith; Jaylen and Jace Butterwick Charles, Griffin Snowsell. He was a special grandfather to Jamie (Melissa) MacQueen and Kaden Simard. A brother, Garth Butterwick, also survives. In his youth he enjoyed playing basketball and won an Ontario championship with the St. Thomas Orioles. Growing up he became an accomplished snooker and poker player. He took up golf as an adult and, later, curling. He had been a member of St. Thomas Public Golf Club, Belmont Golf Club, St. Thomas Curling Club. He retired in 1993 as general manager – product acceptance from Canadian Timken Ltd. where he worked for 43 years. He was an engineering technician and held certification from the University of Connecticut. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings in the St. Thomas Ward/Branch and the London Stake/District for more than 50 years. Growing up with a trumpet in his hands, he played in several stage bands and combos beginning in his early teens. For many years, he performed at the Stork Club in Port Stanley with the Len Langley Orchestra and enjoyed meeting the headliner stars that shared the stage there. He was a long-serving secretary/treasurer of Local 633, American Federation of Musicians. His love of family, especially young children, and music carried him through his years and was reflected in his quality of life. He will be sadly missed by all those who enjoyed his company, his sense of humour and his music.

Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas, for visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, 430 Elm St., St. Thomas. Interment at Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or charity of choice.

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