Butler Jr., 83
KENNEBUNK -- Alfred Leo Butler Jr., 'Al' to one and all, 83 years of age, of Kennebunk, formerly of Reading and Dorchester, Mass., died on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at his residence following a long illness.
He was born in Cambridge, Mass., on Aug. 14, 1929, the son of Alfred Leo Butler Sr. and Evelyn M. (Perry) Butler. He grew up in Dorchester before moving to Reading, where he graduated from Reading High School. He continued on to college, earning his bachelor's degree from Boston College.
Following college, he was drafted into the United States Marine Corps
, where he served from 1951 to 1959.
Al met his future wife, the former Elaine Isabella Keppe, in 1958. Al's brother was dating Elaine's sister, and a date was arranged. They were married on May 31, 1958, and celebrated their 54th anniversary this year. And, yes, Al's brother married Elaine's sister!
He was employed as an inspector at Stone-Webster Company for over 28 years, retiring in 1991.
Al enjoyed sports of all kinds. In his younger days, he was an outstanding softball player. In later years, he coached his sons' hockey teams. He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish/St. Martha's Church in Kennebunk. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus.
Al was predeceased by a son, Brian William Butler; and by two brothers, Gerald and Robert Butler. Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Elaine Butler of Kennebunk; five children, Alfred Butler and his wife Laura of Casco, Lenane Butler of Ocean Park, Wash., Michael Butler of Kennebunk, Paul Butler and his wife Liz of Milford, N.H., and Denise Elliott and her husband Chris of Seattle, Wash.; his brother, Paul ""Barry"" Butler and his wife Janice of North Reading, Mass.; and his sisters-in-law, Eleanor Butler and Donna Butler.
Calling hours will be on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Holy Spirit Parish/St. Martha's Church, 30 Portland Rd., Kennebunk. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. www.bibberfuneral.com
Should friends choose,
memorial donations in his memory may be made to:
The American Lung
Association of Maine
122 State St.
Augusta, Maine 04330
Alfred Leo Butler Jr.