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Butler, William Peter

William Peter Butler, born Nov. 20, 1930 at Fort Macleod, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Richmond, B.C. William, better known as Bill, passed away quietly with his family around him after a short courageous battle with cancer.
Bill was predeceased by his daughter Janet Lynn Butler, but will be dearly missed by his surviving two sisters Bev Eagleson and Carol Webb; his loving wife of 62 years Sophie Butler (Heichert); his three children Daryl (Kathy), Ross and Sharon (Barry); six grandchildren, Mark, Bonnie, Stacy, Ryan, Eric and Trysten; as well as six great grandchildren, Danika, Jenna, Brooklyn, Jakob, Kyle and Noah.
Bill was an honest, hard-working man with a deep sense of family and a phenomenal memory and was very proud of both. If anybody needed to know an event date or a piece of history there was no need for an encyclopaedia or to google it cause we had Dad.
Bill was a avid hockey player in his early years and once set a record by scoring all seven goals in a 7-0 playoff win for the Fort Macleod Chiefs over Stavely on Jan. 28, 1957.
Bill brought his family to Richmond, B.C. from Edmonton in 1963 to start his career as a firefighter at YVR. He also moonlighted as a furniture mover throughout his years and even started his own furniture packing company after he left firefighting.
Bill loved life and his family was everything to him and he was really looking forward to seeing everyone at an up-coming family reunion in the Fort Macleod area where he grew up. We will be taking him “home” with us to attend the reunion and have a celebration of life for him at the Fort Macleod Legion on Thursday, July 12, between 2-5 p.m. All who knew Bill are welcome to join us for his farewell.
Dad, you were a real character and happiness sparkled in your eyes. You lived long and enjoyed every moment, you loved unconditionally and you were deeply loved in return. We’re already missing you.

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