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John Newell Butler Died - May 6, 2014 MYSTIC - John Newell Butler, 75, of Mystic, died May 6, 2014. John Butler, son of Richard Hartwell Butler and Elizabeth Newell Butler, passed away on May 6th. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his brothers, Richard, Robert, and Henry, and his two children, Robert and Katharine. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Lisa Sullivan Butler, and his son-in-law, Thomas Wideman, and five grandchildren, John Butler, Ashley Butler, Claire Butler, Nathaniel Wideman, and Thomas Wideman. John graduated from the Kingswood School in West Hartford and Yale University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 – 62. John worked for many years as an educator and was Assistant Headmaster at the Rumsey Hall School in Washington, Connecticut, and Headmaster at both The Bement School in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and The Hillside School in Marlborough, Massachusetts. He is fondly remembered by his many former students as a kind and steadfast mentor and friend. After moving to Connecticut in 1989, John worked with a variety of local organizations, including Project Oceanology, the Salvation Army of New Haven, and the Archdiocese of Norwich. John devoted his life to being an active member of his community with numerous commitments to charitable organizations and a deep mission for helping people. In 1993, John worked with other community leaders to create the Mystic River Park on the former Cottrell property in downtown Mystic. This beautiful public park is enjoyed by many today. In recent years, he served with great dedication The WARM Shelter in Westerly, The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, and Mystic Rotary. John received the 2011 Kluepfel Community Service Award for his involvement with WARM and The Community Foundation. John had many hobbies and interests including a passion for trains, a love of theater, folk music, opera, and gourmet cooking. He was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. John was a tremendous reader and an accomplished writer, including writing his own fiction and publishing his own monthly newsletter, The Pearl Street Gazette. He was also very fond of long drives and enjoyed getting lost on small country roads. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, May 11, at Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington Street, New London. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington St., New London, CT, 06320. Please visit www.Byles.com to sign the guestbook or to share a memory.
Published in Norwich Bulletin on May 8, 2014
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