James Butler

James Joseph Butler

Saturday, April 17th, 1920 - Monday, October 26th, 2020
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“After 100 glorious years, peacefully at Balmoral Retirement Residence, Collingwood, Ontario.

Loving husband of the late Dorothy (nee Gillespie), father to James (Sandra) and Michael (Valerie). Doting grandfather to Jennifer Olivieri (Derek), Sean (deceased), and Jason (Jessica). Proud great grandfather to Liam and Raegan Olivieri and Scarlett and Harper Butler.

Our Dad was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and at the age of two immigrated to Canada, settling in Montreal with his parents and three siblings.

When the Second World War broke out he enlisted and became a member of one of the first Royal Canadian Blackwatch Regiments to fight on foreign soil. He served his country overseas for five years and was wounded in action.

Following the war he apprenticed, and became a master electrician and worked for RCA Victor/SPAR Areospace in Montreal for the next 45 years.

Following his retirement, he and our Mom moved to the Toronto area to be closer to us kids.

Dad was a lover of golf, hunting, curling and an avid hockey fan. He was very active in the Legion with our Mom and they enjoyed many years volunteering together at the Verdun Legion.

We would like to thank the staff at Port Credit Retirement Residence and Balmoral Retirement Residence for the care our father received.

Due to COVID restrictions the funeral will be a limited closed service. Friends of the family are asked to send condolences on the Skinner Middlebrook website. Donations may be made in Dad’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.”
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    Saturday, October 31st, 2020 |
    Saturday, October 31st, 2020
    Skinner & Middlebrook Ltd Funeral Home Chapel
    128 Lakeshore Road East
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    Private Funeral - Due to Covid 19 restrictions- ****** A Scheduled Attendance List is mandatory. --------- The COVID-19 maximum attendance restriction allows for 30 per cent capacity for indoor funerals and visitations. ----- As directed by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario ---- *** The FUNERAL HOME must ensure that the number of persons occupying any room in the building or structure while attending the gathering does not exceed 30 per cent of the capacity.--- ** All persons attending the gathering must remain at least two metres apart from each other and from persons conducting the funeral/visitation unless they are members of the same household.--- **As per our governing body - Wearing of masks, or face coverings, by everyone is mandatory. This includes all staff and attendees. Current research indicates that masks contribute significantly to the reduction of infection.
    Rev. Dale Skinner

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Stephanie Butler

Posted at 02:42pm
I was so very sorry to hear about your Dad! What a wonderful tribute you have written about his amazing life well lived. I know your memories of him will make you smile when you feel sad. Wishing you all the very best! Take care!! Stephanie Butler xoxo

Cindy Cutler

Posted at 03:39pm
Mike, Jennifer, Jake and your families,
I was saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad/Poppa
He lived a wonderful life. I will always have fond memories of him
Remember that your memories will get you through the tough times
He will be always be in your thoughts and forever in your hearts.
Cindy (Alton)

Colleen Coleman

Posted at 04:07pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to the family. I still picture your Dad and my Dad standing together in the auditorium watching you and Frank play hockey. Hang on to your memories as they will certainly be a comfort. Much love to you and the family.

Terry Quinn

Posted at 03:12pm
Dear James and Michael,
My sincere condolences to you and your families on the passing of your dad. He was a great guy, always kind and personable.
He and my dad enjoyed many an evening together, enjoying a beverage and settling the issues of the day, especially those of RCA.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
Terry Quinn

Leah Vlasak

Posted at 02:44pm
Sending all our love and condolences. So grateful to have met you and shared and celebrated at family gatherings. Will think of you often and smile, remembering fondly the times when you broke out in song with my Dad. All our love, from Leah, Darryl & Rachel.

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