Thomas C. Butts
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AGE: 57 • Rockaway
Thomas C. Butts died unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at home. He was 57. Born in Dover to the late James and Mary Butts, he was a lifelong resident of Rockaway Borough.
Tom was a professional jazz musician and a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 802. He currently played tenor saxophone with the Gianni Russo Band and taught private lessons on saxophone, piano, flute and clarinet. Throughout his career he performed alongside many great musicians; he also toured the world with the Glen Miller Orchestra, and played with the Rick Visone Band. He is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Kathleen, and two brothers Robert and Edward Butts.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 28 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 65 E. Main St, Rockaway at 10:00 AM. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday at the Whitham-Kanapaux Funeral Home, 20 Keller Ave, Rockaway from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom's name to: Baroque Orchestra of NJ (www.baroqueorchestra.org). Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolence messages may be sent to: www.RockawayFuneral.com
Published in Daily Record on Oct. 25, 2013