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Born: Jun 01, 1930

Date of Passing: May 08, 2020

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June 1, 1930 - May 8, 2020

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Norman Butler.
Left to forever cherish Norman's memory are his children, daughter Linda (David) Craig; sons, Norm (Sheila) Butler, and Ronald (Susan) Butler; 12 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Norman's sister Muriel Laing, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Rowena, son James, sister Eileen Baverstock; and brothers, Albert, James and Gordon Butler.
Born to Everett and Annie Butler on Kensington Street, Norman was a lifelong resident of St. James. He started his first business at the age of 14, parking cars at the Polo Park Racetrack. Two years later, by now owning a truck, he hauled coal with his brother Albert. Through hard work and perseverance, his endeavors led to establishing Butler Bros. Garden Supplies in the early 1950s.
In 1953, Norman married the love of his life, the beautiful Rowena. They worked side-by-side as proprietors of Butler Bros. Garden Supplies, while raising their four children on the farm, which Norman lovingly referred to as the Ponderosa, on Saskatchewan Avenue. In the 70s, the garden supply business transitioned to Butler's Storage, his last company.
Norman was a man of many talents. He was a devoted and loving husband and family man, taking care of his parents and brothers most of his life. With Rowena at his side he ran a hobby farm, alongside several family businesses. Norman was an astute businessman, an honest broker, and appreciated by many for his shrewd advice. He was a mechanic, carpenter, and an aficionado of Johnny Cash, Cadillacs and cowboy boots.
To his children he was our hero, who made us laugh, told wild stories about trains, beat us all in checkers, and made us all jump when he played Snap. He was well loved and will be sorely missed. A successful life in so many ways.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Christine and the staff at Golden West Care Facility for their wonderful care and kindness towards Norman.
As per Norman's request, there will be no formal service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norman's memory to Parkinson Canada in Manitoba, #7 - 414 Westmount Dr., Winnipeg, MB R2J 1P2.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My deepest of sympathy to the family. I went to school with Norm junior. I remember bonfires and fun times on the farm on Saskatchewan avenue. 🙏 - Posted by: Michelle Demorest-Voth (Past friend of Norm Junior ) on: May 18, 2020

  • Our condolences on the passing of you dad. I have fond memories of him at home playing pool and in the yard site. - Posted by: Dean &Julie Leathwood (Friend of Norm junior) on: May 18, 2020

  • Linda and Dave, I'm so sorry to read about your dad. Hugs to you as you both. - Posted by: Tamsen Matheson (Friend) on: May 16, 2020

  • i worked for Norman off and on for ten years 1960 - 70 he treated me so good and always took the time to have great conversations. i so much enjoyed those days i also have equipment photos of trucks and loaders my deepest condolences to all your family. Former employee William Snell - Posted by: william snell (former employee ) on: May 16, 2020

  • Norman, my deepest condolences in the passing of your Father. When we got our first 5th Wheel, we parked at your Dads. Hope all is well with you. Kathy Keselowsky - Posted by: Kathrine Keselowsky (Friendship) on: May 16, 2020

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