Raymond Butt, age 86, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on October 5, 2014.
Ray was born in Everett, MA, on April 28, 1928; he was the cherished son of the late Jabez and Susanna Butt. Ray was raised and educated in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School with the Class of 1946.
Ray enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1946 during the Korean War. Ray served overseas with the Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 17th Infantry Regiment until December 31, 1947. Ray received several commendations for his honorable service and was discharged on January 13, 1948; returning home to his family in Everett.
In 1950, Ray went to work as a Draftsman for the General Electric Company in Lynn. Throughout his tenure at the company he was very actively involved with the Union and served as President for several years. Ray also continued his education at Wentworth College in Boston so that he could be most efficient at his job. Ray’s work ethic made him a great asset to the company for many years; he retired in 1990 after dedicating himself to his job for more than forty years.
In May of 1998, Ray married his “sweetheart” Gwen at the Wilmington United Methodist Church and he inherited a wonderful, loving family. Family was very important to Ray; he enjoyed taking part in all of the holidays, celebrations, and special events over the years.
Ray was known to be an avid golfer; he started mastering the sport in his early 20’s. Ray golfed every week with his “pals” from the Wilmington United Methodist Church; enjoying not only the sport but the company of his friends.
In his spare time, Ray enjoyed painting and doing calligraphy; he was very talented and artistic. Ray created beautiful canvases that will be passed down for generations to come.
Ray will be fondly remembered as a “low key” guy, he was kind, gentle, and considerate; Ray was always there to lend a helping hand when ever and where ever it was needed. Ray was an active member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church and would volunteer to help their many causes. Ray was very devoted to his family and friends; always showing unconditional love and support for them. Ray was truly a gentleman who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Raymond was the beloved husband of Gwen (Russell) Butt, cherished son of the late Jabez and Susanna Butt, dear brother of Richard Butt & his wife Laura of Ware, NH, loving uncle of Jonathan & Nancy Butt and their daughter Madyson of Manchester, NH and Jennifer & Tom Hess and their daughter Ava of Charlestown, stepfather of Ruth Ann Wiitala & her husband Carl of Billerica, the late William R. MacGregor & his wife Janet of Parker, AZ, Mark E. MacGregor & his wife Diane of Palmer, Karen Jones & her late husband Walter of Wilmington, Cheryl D’Auost & her husband Mark of Exeter, NH and Charles S. MacGregor & his wife Diana of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Eric, Kristen, Evan, Keith, Alexis, Jessica, Benjamin, Lindsey, Lauren, C.J., David, and Michael, great-grandfather of Dylan, Darel, Mackenzie and Alex. Raymond is also survived by many friends.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, October 9th at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 8th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Raymond’s name may be made to a Charity of your choice.