MARYSTOWN, N.L. – A gentleman.
That’s how Elaine Moggy described Cyril Butler on Friday, July 27.
Butler, a Second World War veteran, died at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre a day prior at age of 96.
“A lot of respect, that’s the best word you can use for Mr. Butler,” Moggy, a fellow member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29, Burin said of the Marystown resident.
“Everyone had a lot of respect for him.”
Butler was stationed at Land’s End in England on D-Day. It was an exciting time, he told The Southern Gazette in 2014.
“Sometimes you were scared. We didn’t think about that until it was all over, and then you were scared,” he said.
After the war, Butler returned to school to finish his education and later worked as a fisheries officer.
Returning to Marystown was hard for some who came back from the war, he acknowledged. If he had his life to live over, though, Butler said he would do it all again.
Shirley Hodder, District 3 Commander for the Royal Canadian Legion’s Newfoundland and Labrador Command and longtime Burin Legion member, knew Butler for decades.
Hodder said she will miss him at functions and talking to him about the Legion in the early 1980s, when she first joined.
Butler was “a true comrade who was very supportive of me over the last years,” Hodder said. “I will never forget that.”
Moggy said Butler’s community involvement speaks for itself. He was a co-founder of the cadet movement in Marystown. He also played a big role in the creation of the Veterans Room at St. Gabriel’s Hall.
His presence for Memorial Day and Remembrance Day services each year, alongside his good friend and fellow World War Two veteran George Brushett, was special, she said. Brushett died earlier this year.
“It just lifted you up, it made you feel more proud,” Moggy said.
Butler leaves to mourn his wife Maude of 70 years, daughters Nora Tremblett and Denise Butler, both of Marystown, as well as eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Marystown on Saturday, July 28.