W. Bryce Butler
Wilfred Bryce Butler, 95, of Canterbury Hall, Riverview and formerly of Lindsay, Ontario, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
Born in Oakdale, Ontario, he was the son of the late Alonzo Harold and Mary Elizabeth (Huffman) Butler, and brother to Helen McGuire and the late Mary Tofflemire, Bob, George, Ted, Lee, and Dick Butler.
A proud Navy veteran and retired schoolteacher, Bryce enjoyed learning and sharing his passions with others throughout his life, including woodworking, which he taught during many summers at Berwick United Church Camp in Nova Scotia; gardening, from the gooseberry bushes he tended in his yard in North York to the violets he continued to grow in Royal Court; and playing cards, spending hours playing with friends and family, and patiently teaching bridge to countless people over the years. He was an amazing baker—his pies were always in demand at family gatherings—and a talented square dancer, who travelled all over the continent with Dorothy to participate in events. Bryce loved music, and played piano, organ, recorder, clarinet, autoharp, and harmonica. He especially loved to make music with others, whether performing as part of an ensemble, encouraging his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to sing and play with him, or accompanying sing-alongs at Royal Court on his harmonica. In addition to his many talents, Bryce will long be remembered for his compassion and care for others, shown through his involvement in his church community, his time volunteering to care for people with dementia, and his genuine interest in and concern for the many friends he made over the years.
Bryce was predeceased by his dear wife of 68 years, Dorothy Lillian Butler (née Atkinson). He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Rev. Dawn Griffiths (Robert) of Charlottetown, PEI and Rev. Susan Butler-Jones (Rev. Boyd Drake) of Aylmer, QC; grandchildren, Rev. Torrey Griffiths (Angela) of Emerald, PE, Braden Griffiths (Charlotte) of Lunenburg, NS, Bronwyn Butler-Jones (Jordan Hovdebo) of Winnipeg, MB, Evan Butler-Jones (Christina) of Ottawa, ON, Meghan Butler-Jones (Evan McMillan) of Warman, SK and great grandchildren, Alaura, Caraline, Faith, Gavin, Nikki, Elliana, Eva, Ben and James. And by dear friends Bonar and Beulah Morton of Ford Bank NB.
A memorial service will be held at a future date, when it is possible to gather, to remember and celebrate Bryce’s life. Interment will be in Zion Presbyterian Cemetery, West Branch, NB.
Arrangements entrusted to Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995).
In memory of Bryce, donations to St. Paul’s United Church, Riverview, NB (www.stpaulsriverview.org), where he was a member, Zion Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, West Branch NB (pccweb.ca or a memorial of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.
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