William J. Butler, 82, of Bristol, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Thursday evening, July 5, 2018. He was the loving husband of 61 years to Ann M. “Nancy” (McCabe) Butler. Bill was born on September 17, 1935 in New York City, the son of the late Thomas and Helen (Kelleher) Butler, and lived most of his life in Bristol. During the 1970s he was the proprietor of Eastern News in Bristol and from 1978 to 1999 he owned The Nut House in Simsbury. He worked for Yale University Athletics until his retirement. Bill had a deep love of the game of baseball and enjoyed coaching in the Bristol Parks Department’s Monahan and Scott summer leagues. He also coached baseball and basketball at St. Joseph’s School. He was grateful to have coached some of Bristol’s finest young people in these years. Bill and his wife were also members of the Church of St. Matthew, Forestville.
Besides his wife, he leaves his children, Moira Butler (David Cross) of Houston, TX, Brenda Lavoie (Joseph) of Peabody, MA, Alicia Butler (John McDermott) of Hamden and Patrick Butler (Casey Hester) of Oklahoma City, OK; grandchildren Joseph Lavoie (Jessica) of Swampscott, MA and Claire Desroches (Jarod) of Malden, MA; great-grandchildren Nora and Leo Lavoie; 1 nephew and 7 nieces. He was predeceased by his brother Michael Butler.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Matthew, 120 Church St., Forestville (Bristol). Friends and loved ones are asked to meet directly at the church beginning at 10:30 a.m. to greet the family. Committal service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bristol Hospital Cancer Care Center, . The O’Brien Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. To leave an online message of condolence or to share a memory or a photo, please visit Bill’s tribute page at www.OBrien-FuneralHome.com .