James R. Butler
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Spinelli - Ricciuti Funeral Home - Ansonia
62 Beaver Street
Ansonia, CT
James R. Butler
James R. Butler, age 82, unexpectedly entered into eternal rest on Friday, July 2, 2021, at his vacation home in York Beach, Maine. He was the beloved husband of the late Josephine DiDonato Butler. Mr. Butler was born in Derby on June 12, 1939, son of the late G. Raymond and Phyllis Rollinson Butler. He graduated from Derby High School and later earned his Bachelor's Degree from Quinnipiac University and 6th Year Certificate at Southern Connecticut State University. Jim was employed as a school teacher for the Seymour Board of Education for thirty-nine years along with serving as a police officer for the City of Derby for over forty years. Jim joined the Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company #4 in Derby in 1966 and served as Fire Chief from 1985 until 1987 and as Fire Commissioner from 1993 until 1996. During his tenure as Fire Chief, he was the Incident Commander during the River Restaurant explosion and led the rescue efforts on scene for days. Jim was also a dedicated member of the City of Derby's Board of Apportionment and Taxation for decades as well as the Derby Democratic Town Committee and Capital Planning Commission. He was also a lifelong member of Immanuel St. James Episcopal Church in Derby and a member of the CT State Firefighter's Association, Merit Awards Committee, King Hiram Lodge #12, Valley Fire Chiefs Association, New Haven County Fire Emergency Plan and the New Haven County Fire Chief's Association. In his spare time, Jim would often be found in his yard tending to his garden and was known for his garlic and horseradish. He loved sharing stories about his family and taking his Buick Reatta for a drive on a nice day. He is survived by loving daughters, Janice M. Butler of Newtown and Barbara S. Butler (RoseMarie) of Middletown, NY, and a brother, John Butler of Derby. He was predeceased by his son, James J. Butler, who died in the line of duty after returning from an alarm in 2016. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia. On Friday, July 9, 2021, his Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude Church, 71 Pleasant View Road in Derby with Rev. Christopher Tiano, officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Mount Saint Peter Cemetery in Derby. Contributions in Jim's name may be made to Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company, 57 Derby Avenue, Derby, CT 06418. To sign Jim's guestbook or share a memory, please visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com.




Published by Danbury News Times & Connecticut Post & The New Haven Register on Jul. 5, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jul
8
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Spinelli - Ricciuti Funeral Home - Ansonia
62 Beaver Street, Ansonia, CT
Jul
9
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00a.m.
St. Jude Church
71 Pleasant View Road, Derby, CT
Jul
9
Interment
Mount Saint Peter Cemetery
Derby, CT
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I have a lot of good memories of Mr Butler. He was my teacher at Seymour middle school. Im sorry to hear of his passing and my heart goes out to all his friends and family.
Jim MacConnie
School
July 14, 2021
Cousin Jim, You will always be remembered as someone who was dedicated to his family and his community. Thank you for always being there, and for truly being an example for others to follow. No matter what hat you were wearing for the day, you were never too busy to help out, or to stop and and just say hello- and I'll never forget it. You're now a part of that elite squad in Heaven, fighting fires with JB and Uncle Pete. Be strong, Barbara and Janice- may God bless you both.
Jason DiDonato
Family
July 12, 2021
So sorry to hear of Mr. Butler's passing. I had him as a 5th grade teacher and can honestly say I have incredible math skills due to his math drills. I remember recorded times table quizzes and how challenging they were. He was a strict teacher but held command and respect of his classroom. We knew he was also a policeman so that probably helped. Reading his accomplishments revealed many things about him that I did not know. Condolences to his family. Be proud that your dad impacted so many people, including this woman, a student of his from over 50 years ago.
Linda LaQuay LaCasse
July 9, 2021
Condolences and hugs to the family :(
Darci Fletcher
Friend
July 8, 2021
My sincere condolences to Jim's family. I taught with Jim at Center School in Seymour. He was a wonderful, kind person and teacher.
Susan Silverberg
July 8, 2021
Barb, Janice & Roe
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts.
Kim & Keith Scarzafava
Friend
July 8, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss, Janice and family. What an amazing life your dad lived! Such an example to all!
Beth Stoller
Friend
July 8, 2021
So sorry for your loss Barb and Roe.
Renee Day
Friend
July 7, 2021
My condolences, Janice and family. May he rest in peace, and may you be comforted by your memories.
Donna Katsuranis
July 7, 2021
Janice and Barbara so sorry to hear about your dad he will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to you both
Brian Francione
Friend
July 7, 2021
Love and prayers for you Barbara and your sister....so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Hold on to the memories....God bless you all...
Virginia Rose Hewitt
Friend
July 6, 2021
I spent several years teaching along with Jim at the Center Annex School in the late 1960's.He was a great teacher and admired by all. He will be truly missed. RIP, Jim. I know you are now happy with your wife, Josephine and son, Jim
Carolyn Giannine
Friend
July 6, 2021
I remember Mr Butler as I grew up in Seymour and he was my sister Judy teacher, I also went to school with his son James at Derby High, I am sorry to his family for there loss, he was a good man with a great heart and will be missed, may he Rest In Peace
Harry Walters
Friend
July 6, 2021
Dear Janice and Barbara, my deepest sympathies on the loss of your Dad. I am a classmate of your mother's from St. Francis. Your parents were remarkable hardworking people who certainly left their mark. Your Dad is now with your Mom for eternity - God Bless them both. Collie Gardner
Colette Gardner
Friend
July 6, 2021
Janice - we are all thinking of you and your family.
Helen Brickfield
Friend
July 6, 2021
I had Mr. Butler for Math in 5th grade and English (I think) in 6th grade at Center-Annex school in Seymour in 1968/69. So, he was a youngish teacher then and in retrospect, amazingly progressive for the time. Back then in many ways girls were treated differently than boys when it came to education and social norms. For instance, the boys were allowed to play certain games on the playground that girls were not allowed to participate in. However, I remember him as a math teacher who did not differentiate and that was the beginning of me knowing that it was ok for a girl to like and do well in math and raise my hand if I had the answer. It took me years to appreciate how differently that might have gone. I just wanted to pass that on to Mr. Butler's family and friends as something that might not have been as present as his career with the Fire Department. Likely, he influenced many children's lives in a significant way as an educator. My condolences to all who were close to Mr. Jim Butler at this time and through your grieving.
Kathleen Bannon Ecay
Student
July 6, 2021
Thank you for being a friend and a mentor You will truly be missed
Michael James Mascolo
Friend
July 5, 2021
My deepest Condolences to the butler Family also to the derby fire &police Departments and thank you for your services when served as a police officer and firefighter n fire chief in your community.
ALSO I honesty can say i bet you were great teacher too.
JIM will truly be missed everyone
robert coughlin( afd late fire chief BOB BARRY'S grandson
July 5, 2021
I have known Jim for several years as a neighbor and friend up at Ocean Way in York, ME. We often had great conversations. Jim loved to share his stories of his family and experiences as a Fireman!! His Favorite topics!!
Jim Higgins
James Higgins
Neighbor
July 5, 2021
You were the bestso glad I became your friend xo
Karlene Bowns
Friend
July 5, 2021
RIP Jim n thanks for your services as a Police officer n fire chief serving your community and you will be missed by everyone.
Robert Coughlin(late bob Barry Ansonia fire chief grandson
Other
July 5, 2021
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