James's Story

PALM BAY, FLA. - James "Jimmy" Lawrie Butler, age 69, died Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Palm Bay, Florida 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 forty-eight years, Gail (Hastings) Butler of Palm Bay, Florida; one sister, Sharon (Butler) Musetti of Hall Quarry; three nieces; nine nephews and his lifelong friend and "brother", Don Wheaton of Miami, Florida. 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 US Navy for four years. James was stationed in San Diego, CA 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 travels 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 that knew and loved him.

All inquires may be made to Strunk Funeral Home in Sebastian, Florida. 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.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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