Cromwell - Sewall Tolbert Butler, 93, long time resident of Cromwell, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, March 11, 2014.|
He was born Aug. 25, 1920, in Terryville, to the late Sylvester B. Butler and Eva (Lutz) Butler. Sewall attended Mt. Herman prep school and graduated from Robert E. Fitch Senior High School in Groton. He attended the University of New Mexico and finished his studies at Willimantic State Teachers College (now Eastern Connecticut State University).
During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the Merchant Marines. During this time he met his future wife, Jacqueline Williams. They were married in her hometown of Woodstock, Vt. in July of 1943. After the war, Sewall taught school in Castine, Maine and Goshen, before accepting a position as a safety inspector for Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford. The family moved to Cromwell in 1956, where his family roots go back to the towns founding. He worked at Travelers for 20 years and another 10 years at Zurich American in New Haven and retired in 1985. In retirement, he and Jackie travelled in Europe and Hawaii as well as several cross country trips in their motor home.
Known to his friends as Curly, Sewall belonged to various civic organizations as well as the Elks, and the SKPs motor home club. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown where he was a lay reader, a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and a member of the Couples Club.
Sewall was predeceased by his wife, Jackie, one week short of their 55th anniversary.
He is survived by his five children, Jacqueline (Butler) Bieber and her husband, Erwin, of Gales Ferry, Susan (Butler) Czaja and her husband, Ken, of Middlefield, Sewall Tolbert Butler Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Rocky Ridge, Md., David M. H. Butler and his wife, Ruby, of Cromwell and L. Nathan Butler and his wife, Renee, of Albuquerque, N.M.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. this Sunday, March 16, at the Church of the Holy Trinity with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Sewall's memory to the Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457.
Cromwell Funeral home, 506 Main St., Cromwell, is handling the arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be sent to www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
Published in The Day on Mar. 13, 2014