SHELBURNE -- Paul R. Butler, 67, died on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.
He was born in Ludlow on Aug. 4, 1947, the son of the late Muriel (Hastings) and Hartwell Butler. He graduated from Black River High School and Rutland Business School. Paul was employed by the State of Vermont. He was recently recognized by the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) for his 30 years of service. Paul was dedicated to the mission of serving Vermont families in need. He was noted to be extremely well respected, both among his colleagues and in the community, for his extreme dedication and leadership.
Survivors are his brothers, Mr. John Butler and wife, Jeanne, of South Burlington, Mr. Michael Butler and wife, Beverly, of Ludlow; sister, Mrs. Rebecca Bixby and husband, Louis, of Ruskin, Fla.; three nephews, Peter and Matthew Bixby, and Aaron Butler; lifelong friends, Barb and Jim Massucci, and their children, Elizabeth, Ian, and Noah; and Heather Grimes, who was very supportive to Paul these past few months.
Paul was passionate about the seaside in Maine and had a favorite spot that he returned to for at least the last 20 years. He was an avid NY Yankee fan. Paul is remembered fondly by his nephews for all the time, love and guidance they received from their uncle.
Paul highly commended the genuine caring received from his Oncology nurse, Julie Shevlin, NP, Janet Ely, and physician, Dr. Chris Nunnick. The family would like to recognize and thank FAHC and the organization's amazing and skilled staff who contributed to Paul's care, and supporting his courageous spirit, this includes the nursing staff on McClure 6, the ER, the Radiation Therapy staff, and the Oncology clinic staff.
Paul's wishes were for cremation and to have his ashes spread between his favorite Maine get-a-way, a family spot in Ludlow, and gravesite of fond Massucci pets in Craftsbury. There will be visiting hours on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Stephen C. Gregory and Son, 472 Meadowland Drive, South Burlington, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m. The family invites you to share your memories by visiting www.gregorycremation.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Paul's memory to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495; or to Vermont Public Radio, 365 Troy Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.