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BUTLER, Gary Brian

February 4, 1943 – Sherbrooke, Quebec
December 2, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Gary Butler of Calgary slipped gently away with family nearby on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the age of 71 years.

Gary is survived by his children, Jay, Shannon, and Bryce (Melanie); and three grandchildren, Grayson, Grace and Emma. He was predeceased by his wife of forty-three years, Darlene (2006).

Gary was man of many talents and even more interests. Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, he moved to Yellowknife in the NWT with his parents where he was raised and went to school. Here is where he met his life partner Darlene in 1962, they were soon married in 1963 and had forty-three full and active years together.

That same year they moved to Toronto where Gary received his associate’s degree in Public Health which began a lifelong and rewarding career in this field.

Gary and Darlene moved to Castlegar, BC in 1965, and then finally to Calgary in 1966 where they made their home and careers, and raised their three children.

Gary always spoke of his life as a fortunate one. He was a compassionate family man who valued the people in his life, and was open and welcoming to all. He was able to do much traveling to many places, and he was an active member and leader in his union and in his community.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, please send donations to any of the following: Environmental Health Foundation of Canada,; Agape Hospice,; Alberta Cancer Society,; Alberta Lung Foundation,; Stars,

In living memory of Gary Butler, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. I am so sad to hear about Gary. I was just thinking about him and wondered why I hadn’t seen him in a while. I work at Troy Shoppe and we met after Darlene had passed. We made their rings into the pendant he wears. I was very fond of Gary and enjoyed his company. He often came in to visit me and brought me tea and we would chat and visit. He would tell me about his travels and about his family. What a wonderful man. He was so kind and had such a wonderful outlook in life. I am so sorry for your loss! I will miss him.

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  2. Linda and Greg Powell :

    To the Butler family, Greg and I and our family send our love, thoughts and sympathy. We know this is a very difficult time for all and it was a blessing that Gary passed peacefully with his family nearby. He was a man of many talents and interests and always an interesting conversation coming one’s way with him. Take care.

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  3. We had the blessing of getting to know Gary in the past few years and enjoyed many wonderful dinners and conversation with him, Bryce and Melanie. His generous spirit and lessons of life live on in his children’s and grandchildren. We wish them comfort in the wonderful memories he gifted them with.
    Our Love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you,
    Joe and Lori

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  4. Constantina Tsetsos :

    Jay, Grace and Emma.
    We are truly sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. May all the times you spent together as a family remain forever present. Many hugs from the Yellowknife Guy family.

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  5. Stephanie Yuill :

    What a life and what an inspiration. May we all live a life full of love, family, fun and adventure! Jay, you most certainly take after your dad and you and your family are in our thoughts.

    Steph and Trevor

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  6. Lois Silverthorne :

    Jay, Shannon, Bryce and Families
    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. My sincere sympathy. I have such good memories of the times Jack and I spent with your parents.

    Lois Morris-Silverthorne

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  7. Shelley Bordeleau :

    So sorry for your loss. I feel blessed to have known him and his uncle Marcel.

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  8. Trey Petty Oral Health :

    We had the pleasure of working with Gary from August 2014 up until November 2014. He was always a pleasure to work with, and always arrived at our clinic with a smile that would light up the office. His humour and respect for others will always be remembered and cherished in all of our hearts.

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