Robert R. Butters

April 3rd, 2012

Robert R. Butters Sr., age 87, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully April 2, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Bob was born in the family home in Wilmington on January 29, 1925.  He was the dear son of the late Brewster and Angelina (Surrette) Butters. Bob was raised and educated in Wilmington, he attended St. John’s Prep and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1946. 

Bob was inducted into the United States Army Air Force on July 8, 1943, during World War II.  He served overseas in Central Europe as a Sergeant in the 762nd Army Air Force Base Unit. Bob earned several commendations and medals for his service including the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal. Bob was honorably discharged on April 1, 1946 and returned to his hometown of Wilmington.

 Bob married Ethel Cain on November 20, 1955; together they shared over 56 years of marriage, raised seven children, and are proud grandparents of fourteen grandchildren. 

Prior to retiring, Bob worked hard to provide for his family and he wore many hats; he worked for the B & M Railroad for 10 years, he was a rural carrier for the U. S. Post Office for 27 years, and prepared many tax returns for H & R Block for over 33 years.  

Bob was an avid sportsman in his youth.  He played golf, hockey, took up flying piper cubs, but his big love was baseball, having signed with the Boston Red Sox farm team after returning from the service.  Later in life, cribbage, chess and computer became his challenge of choice.  Bob also loved his workshop.  This was near and dear, as he could build or repair anything you gave him.

What mattered most to Bob was his family, whether they were on a family trip or pool side having a cookout at the family homestead, Bob loved to be surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Bob was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he cherished the time spent with family and was very proud of all of their accomplishments. He will be greatly missed by all.

Bob was the beloved husband of Ethel (Cain), loving father of Robert Butters, Jr. & his wife Elizabeth of Wilmington, Nancy Burgess & her husband Dennis of Beverly, Bruce Butters & Rita Miller of Coweta, OK, George Butters & his wife Barbara of Roswell, GA, Kathryn Butters & Fredo Marsat of Manhattan, NY, Angela Peruzzi & her husband Larry of Plymouth, and Fred Butters & his wife Deborah of Ridgefield, CT, cherished “Grampie” of Amy and Evan Butters, Robert and Annie Burgess, Stephen & his wife Aimee and Carly Butters, Kelly, Christopher, Lauren and the late Johnathan Butters, Christian, Alec, and Benjamin Peruzzi, Rachel and Camille Butters, son of the late Brewster and Angelina (Surrette) Butters, dear brother of Anne “Ethel” Butters of Wilmington, the late Gertrude Condrey, Helen McKenna, Ruth Kenney, Alfred and Edward Butters. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, April 10th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 9th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


11 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert R. Butters”

  1. Jo/ Jolene A. Giroux says:

    R.I.P. Grandpy Butters,
    fair wind and following seas

    Big hugs to the crew -

    Jo/ Jolene A. Giroux
    Adam, Eric, Nikki and Ari Meixler

  2. Mary Cain Tripi says:

    Ethel and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob, you and the familyat this very difficult time.
    I know what a difficult road this has been.
    If you need anything let me know.
    Love Mary

  3. Larz Neilson says:

    As the rural carrier on RFD2, Bob’s was a familiar face to many Wilmington residents. He frequentl stopped in at the Town Crier office to adjust the order of the address plates for the Town Criers on his mail route. He was also a member of the Wilmington Minutemen, probably the only member of the modern group descended from an original Wilmington Minuteman. The Butters family is probably the oldest family in town, certainly among the three oldest. Bob was a really great guy. So sorry he’s gone.

  4. Brenda Condrey McDermott says:

    Ethel and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I always remember him marching with the Wilmington Minuteman in the Chelmsford Fourth of July Parade. He was a great guy and a great brother to my Aunt Gertrude. May he Rest in Peace.

  5. Judson Miller says:

    Bob was a great guy….

    Sorry to hear of his passing.

    even after retirement he would visit us at the P.O. often, and ALWAYS with a smile on his face.

    May he Rest In Peace.

  6. Jennifer Shepard says:

    To Mr. Butters’ family I express my deepest, heart-felt Sympathies…i’m an incredibly saddened to hear this news. He was an awesome man and i will remember him fondly and with many smiles having practically grown up in his house! Love to you Mr. Butters, thanks for the memories…xo Jen

  7. Vinney Ferrara says:

    87 years wow! Sorry to hear of your loss. It’s been awhile but remember the wonderful times. Rest in peace my friend. Best to the Butters Family whom I have the fondest memories of.

  8. Anne Cavanaugh Keeler says:

    To Ethel and family,
    I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. It brought back many memories of our families that shared being neighbors and good friends over the past three generations. Many of us have left and live elsewhere, but that does not mean we have forgotton those who shared our lives. My sincere condolences to the entire Butters Family.

  9. walter lawler says:

    DearEthel and Family
    We are very sorry for your lost of Bob,Husband,Father and Grand father,Brother and freind to many. I know that he will be missed. So Lillian and myself send our sincere condolences to you Ethel and Family. I wasn’t able to attend any of the services for BOb as I’m in the stages of Parkinson’s Disease. Walter &Lillian Lawler

  10. Kristi copson says:

    Mr. Butters was a patient of mine years back at new England rehab, I adored him and still think of him. I’m sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man.
    Kristi copson

  11. Katherine (Bossie) Funchion says:

    Dear Mrs. Butters,
    I had the privilege of caring for Mr. Butters during his stay at New England Rehab Hospital. He was a kind, kind man and I enjoyed caring for him and your family. He was my first favorite patient and he will always have a special place in my heart and my memory. I am sorry for your loss- please accept my heartfelt sympathy. with love, Katherine

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