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BUTLER – Alfred James (Jim)

February 8, 1918 – July 25, 2010

It is with profound sadness that we mourn the sudden passing of Alfred James (Jim) Butler on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at the age of 92.

He will truly be missed by his wife, Sybil, of 64 years and lovingly remembered by his children Darlene Montgomery (Nee Butler), Russell (Bonnie), Bradley (Elaine), and Janice (Terry) as well as his seven grandchildren; Chealsey (Ryan) and great-grandchild Nathan, Christine (Mike), Amanda, Samantha, Michelle, Justin and Nicole. Jim is survived by one brother and five sisters as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Winifred May Butler (nee Cook) and his father Albert George Butler and a brother William (Billy) Butler.

Jim was a home-grown Alberta Boy, born in Calgary and raised in Bottrell on the family homestead where his roots began and remained a true part of him throughout his life. He returned almost every year to attend the Dogpound Rodeo as well as many family gatherings. Jim served five years in the Canadian Armed Forces whiled being posted in several Canadian cities, Jamaica, and Europe. He was most proud to have been part of the liberation of Holland in 1945. When the war ended, he returned home to marry the love of his life. During his long life Jim worked as a ranch hand, in the CP Ogden rail yards, owned and operated an insurance company as well as a real estate company, finally ending his career as a realtor at the age of 75. Throughout his life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, curling (until age 89), gardening and a good meal but his greatest passion was reserved for his family. He volunteered as a driver for Meals on Wheels for 25 years and in his retirement enjoyed numerous RV trips with friends. Jim was a loving soul with a giving heart. It was as easy for him to offer up a hand as it was a smile or a joke with his quick wit. He was a true gentleman of great integrity and honour who enjoyed life to the fullest. Jim will never be forgotten and will always be missed and remembered fondly by all who knew him. The family would like to send a special thanks to those who cared for Dad at the Colonel Belcher this past year.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Meals on Wheels, 3610 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 2P9 Telephone: (403) 243-2834, www.mealsonwheels.com. Or directly to Calgary Health Trust – Colonel Belcher, Suite 800, 11012 MacLeod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615, www.thetrust.ca .

In living memory of Jim Butler, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Barbara Flock and Kelly Stoddard :

    Dear Brad, Russ and your families:

    Kent told us that your dad passed, and we are both extending our sympathy to your families at this time. No matter how many years our parents spend on this earth, it never seems to be enough.

    Fondest regards from California.

    Barbara and Kelly

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  2. Gordon Sokolon :

    The Butler Family. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

    Regards,

    Gordon Sokolon

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  3. Wayne Pretty :

    Russ, Brad and Janice and family. Our condolenses for the loss of your dad. What a great legacy and fond memories to carry forward. Your dad and my uncle were the same age and may have served together in Jamaica. Possibly my father and your father were comrades in arms during the liberation of Holland.
    Sincerest best wishes

    Wayne and Judy Pretty

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  4. Russ, Bonnie And family, My deepest condolenes for the loss of your Dad. To Chelsea and Christi….for the loss of your grandfather. May your fondest memories of him always remain and be a part of your lives. Sincere wishes at this time.

    Sue Steed

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  5. Our Deepest condolences on the passing of your Father. We have know your Mom and Dad for 36 Years. I have alway thought of him as my Dad.

    Annie Dugas

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  6. W. T. H. (Tom) Butler :

    My sincere sympathy in the loss of Jim. I didn’t know about Jim’s passing. I had sent a Christmas Card to Jim & Sybil and it was just returned to me showing “moved”. My daughter saw the death notice online. Jim and I were cousins. My dad was William (Bill) Butler and he was a brother to Albert (Bert). Sincerely, Tommy Butler, Alliston, ON.

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