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Date of Passing: Sep 05, 2018

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BRIAN GERALD BUTLER 1931 - 2018 With sadness, we announce the passing of Brian Gerald Butler. Brian passed away on September 5, 2018 at Riverview Hospital. He leaves behind to mourn his passing, his cherished wife, Marion, his sons, Jerry, Jim (Lesley) and Gordon (Beth), his daughters, Sheila McClarty (Blake) and, Cindy Soulsby, his eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Brian was predeceased by his loving son Michael and daughter-in-law, Monika. Brian was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. He resided there until early adulthood and then his work took him to various locations in Canada with the majority of the family's time spent in Gimli and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Family, work and friends were the cornerstones of Brian's life. He had two careers in his lifetime: serving in The Royal Canadian Air Force for 25 years and upon retirement from the Air Force working for Cooperators Insurance in the capacity of Vice President. Also, Brian was a board member and President of the Astra Credit Union for a number of years. Brian always liked being surrounded by family. He was an avid Toronto Blue Jays fan and one of his favourite activities was watching their games with family members. He was proud of his children and took special delight in the achievements of his grandchildren. Several months ago, he was thrilled to meet and hold his new great-granddaughter. Brian enjoyed a keen wit and sharp mind right up until his death. He read the daily newspaper cover-to cover and was a fan of mystery novels. Friends mattered to Brian and he was grateful for their support whether through emails or visits to his home. But above all of these things, Brian loved spending time with his wife, Marion. Brian will be so deeply missed. We will hold onto his memory and love forever. Thank you to Dr. Dawe and Caitlin, the Palliative home care nurses and the Riverview staff for their expertise and kindness. Brian supported two charities, Siloam Mission and The Agape Table. If friends so wish, a donation may be made to either one of these organizations. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit Chapel Lawn Funeral Home 204-885-9715

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 11, 2018

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Brian hire me in 1982 at CUMIS Insurance (A Cooperators company). Brain was a true mentor to me, and I learned so much from him.In the early days we spent many Friday afternoons, at TK's reviewing our weeks activites. Once Brian retired, If I was in Winnipeg, I would call him up and he would come over, where ever I was staying, and we would catch up. Rest in Peace, and Thanks for the great memories. - Posted by: Zenon Slipenkyj (Worked together) on: Sep 24, 2018

  • Marion and Family Mom called today expressing her sadness at the news of Brian’s passing. We wish to express our deepest condolances for Your loss. Dad and Brian were good friends and colleagues. Sincere best wishes in this difficult time. Lillian, Guy and family - Posted by: Guy Boudreau (Family Friend) on: Sep 21, 2018

  • I had the privilege to play fastball with Brian while he was stationed in Gimli Manitoba. He was a great pitcher. We had many great times while in the RCAF. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Mel Moser (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2018

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