James Lawrie Butler 1944 – 2014

PALM BAY, FLA.James “Jimmy” Lawrie Butler, 69, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Palm Bay, Fla., after a long struggle with heart failure. He was born Nov. 16, 1944, in Bangor, to Francis J. Butler and Thelma L. Butler.

Jimmy leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Gail (Hastings) Butler of Palm Bay, Fla.; one sister, Sharon (Butler) Musetti of Hall Quarry; three nieces; nine nephews; and his lifelong friend and “brother,” Don Wheaton, of Miami, Fla. He was predeceased by his father, Francis Joseph Butler, in 1963; his mother, Thelma (Lawrie) Butler, in 1997; his sister, Jane (Butler) Ginn, in 2006, Jane’s husband, Linwood Ginn in 2012; and Sharon’s husband, Ronald Musetti, in 2013.

He attended high school in Ellsworth and went on to serve honorably in the U.S. Navy for four years. James was stationed in San Diego, Calif., on the USS Porterfield and served a Vietnam tour as part of the West Pack Fleet. He spent his working career driving commercially and later owning his own delivery business, James L. Butler Inc., from which he retired in 2005. Jimmy’s greatest enjoyment was to drive, and he felt the following quote by Robert Lewis Stevenson described him perfectly, “I travel for travel’s sake, not to go anywhere but to go. The great affair is to move.”

Jimmy loved deeply, was the truest friend, was humble to a fault and had compassion for every living creature on God’s Earth. He was one of a kind and will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

A celebration of his life will take place later this year in Maine. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to any animal rescue organization. All inquires may be made to Strunk Funeral Home in Sebastian, Fla.

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