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BUTMAN--John Campbell. John Campbell Butman, devoted husband and father, vibrant storyteller, lifelong lover of the arts, an intrepid traveler, hiker, skier, and sailor, who published seven books, including works of history, fiction, and satire, died suddenly of natural causes at home in Portland, Maine, on March 23, at 69. An author, literary agent, consultant, speaker and business-owner, John had a sprawling network of adoring friends and colleagues, and was a giant to his surviving family, his wife, Nancy, his sons, Jeremy and Henry, and his siblings, Marcia and Brad, who will miss his tremendous sense of humor, his zeal for life, and his ability to communicate that, however absurd, the world is full of meaning. Arrangements are under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, Portland. To view John's memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit

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Published in New York Times on Apr. 16, 2020.
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April 25, 2020
Please accept my deepest sympathies. John and I co-created Concord Conscience for the Bicentennial, which launched both our careers. Many good memories. He'll be missed.
Richard Carey
April 21, 2020
My deepest sympathy.
Dan Beach
April 17, 2020
Here's to you, mon vieux.
John wrote the best scripts I ever worked with when I was a producer. We must have shared the same outlook on corporate communications professional but taken with a five pound grain of salt and his wry sense of humor was a welcome relief. We became, if not quite friends, friendly and addressed each other as Mr. Butman and Mr. Prindle. And so, as they used to say in the old traveling shows, see you down the road, Mr. Butman.
Bill Prindle
April 16, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family, May God,Family & fiends to comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
April 15, 2020
Many years past. John dressed in clean room garb and with loudspeaker organizing 500 factory workers for photo
John Regan
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