Richard R. Butler STILLWATER – Richard R. Butler, 70, of Sawmill Hill, passed Monday, March 25th, at Saratoga Hospital, after a two year battle with melanoma. Born in Troy, Oct. 4, 1942, son of the late the Richard and Leona Best Butler and brother of the late Gail Morris. Dick was a 1960 graduate of Stillwater Central School and a high honor graduate of University of Florida at Gainesville, with a degree in architectural design. Dick was owner/principal of Richard R. Butler Architectural Design, Inc. based in Mechanicville for many years. He later expanded and took on two partners and the firm became Butler, Rowland and Mays Architects of Ballston Spa. Dick was a registered architect in States of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Florida. Dick designed/coordinated construction of a several large projects, including Towns of Halfmoon, Greenfield and Ballston Town Hall complexes, the recent addition to the National Thoroughbred Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, numerous projects over many years for Quad Graphics in Saratoga Springs, including their Coach House residence in the City. Dick served as a consultant with General Electric Co. on new power plants, that sent Dick to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. He served on the Albany Regional Board of Review for the NYS Dept. of State, Codes Division, hearing building code variance requests. In addition, he designed and built his beautiful home. Currently, Dick was the Director of Building, Planning and Development for the Town of Stillwater. He was active in a number of professional organizations and was past president of the Shenendehowa Rotary Club, Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, which bestowed to Dick the Businessman of the Year Award. He was a member of the Emmanuel United Church. Skiing was Dick's life passion, both on the snow covered slopes and on the water. He has skied down most of the Adirondack Mountain tops, The Rocky Mountains and numerous resorts in Europe over the years. He taught many people the art of skiing, especially children. He enjoyed watching someone ski for the first time as much or more than skiing himself. A past president of the Eastern Snow Writers Assoc., Dick was a feature writer for Ski Magazine and the local Express newspaper. He was also a water skiing enthusiast who performed with the Bud-Lite Water Show Ski Team based in Scotia for years. Dick really enjoyed pleasure boating with friends on Saratoga Lake any chance he could. Survivors include his wife of 46 years Pamela Hutchison Butler, whom he married June 25, 1966, his son and daughter-in-law Ian and Monika Butler of Naples, Florida, his sister Gail's children: Kevin, Michele, Susan and Michael Morris, Deborah Dezinski and Christine Amoriello and their children. Also, in-laws Sharon and Roger Hoyt of Maine and children David, Cheryl, Jeff and families, Francine and Dennis Baker of Mechanicville and children Justin and Nathan Baker and families and faithful canine companion Copper.Special thanks to the D-1 staff at Saratoga Hospital for their care, concern and kindness and to Carmella Ramnes for her unwavering help and support. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday evening at 7 PM at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville. Calling hours at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, please gift in memory of Richard R. Butler to support melanoma research to: Dana Farber Institute, (Code CUB003), PO Box 849168, Boston, Ma. 02284 is greatly appreciated. www.devito-salvadorefh.com to leave condolences and for directions.
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Published in The Saratogian on Mar. 27, 2013