Thomas Potter

Thomas "Butch" Potter

1936-2013 PITTSFIELD Thomas "Butch" Potter, 76, of Craneville Place of Dalton and a former longtime resident of Elberon Avenue, died Jan. 4 at Berkshire Medical Center.

Born in Pittsfield on April 18, 1936, son of Gifford Potter Sr. and Mabel Mattis Potter, he was a 1954 graduate of Pittsfield High School.

He was employed at Perferx Optical for most of his career, working for John L. Enright, his friend for 60-plus years and his caregiver for the past two.

In his youth, Butch was the Boys' Club's city carom champion for several years. He also played baseball and softball, with the highlight of his softball days pitching against the famed Eddie Feigner of The King and His Court at Wahconah Park. He also enjoyed bowling, and once made an appearance on TV in Albany. He was a great fan of all Boston professional teams, especially the Red Sox and the Bruins.

He leaves a son, Thomas Potter (Kathy) of Franklin, Ohio; a daughter, Laurie Davis of Palm Bay, Fla.; a sister, Carolyn Rousseau (Roland); a brother-in-law, Norman Dellaghelfa; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Gifford "Snuff" Potter, and sisters, Barbara "Bonnie" Chandler, Beverly "Peany" Slater, Patricia "Pat" Dellaghelfa and Helene "Pokey" Stannard.

FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles' Church on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 9 a.m., followed by a reception in the church hall. Dwyer Funeral Home is handling arrangements

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 9, 2013