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Born: May 14, 1942

Date of Passing: Jan 31, 2021

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1942 - 2021

Carman Elvin Butterfield, blue-eyed joker, daredevil off-roader, cowboy, outdoorsman, mechanic of all things motorized and matters of the heart, devoted son, adoring brother, loving husband, protective father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather, entertaining friend, and one of the most amazing people to be around, died on Sunday, January 31, 2021.
Carman, the middle child of five siblings, was born on May 14, 1942 to parents Norman and Elsie Butterfield in Sainte Rose du Lac, Manitoba. He spent his childhood in Portage la Prairie and his formative years in Winnipeg, working hard labour jobs and learning the importance of family and friendship before relocating to northern Ontario to work in gold mining just long enough to meet the sunshine of his life, Lorraine. They returned to Winnipeg and were married on March 9, 1963. Together, they lived a beautiful life with their family, filled with milestones big and small.
Carman worked in a variety of jobs - always mechanical - before becoming a kind-hearted hawk for the Dr. Hook towing company, retiring after 23 years of dedicated service. He loved dogs and horses, hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, helping others in need, and sharing his skills with his family. They built a house in the Manitoba countryside where they grew a huge garden, developed a pond on which to teach the grandkids to skate, and acquired many vintage vehicles of which Carman spent most of his days tinkering with. He could usually be seen on his tractor with a dog by his side, welcoming you in for a drink and a heartfelt chat. They relocated to the city in 2016 to be closer to family, but the country always remained in Carman's heart.
Carman is survived by his loving wife Lorraine, his four talented daughters, Debbie (Mike), Kim (Todd), Laurie (Cliff), and Teresa (Ward), 13 hilarious grandchildren, six beautiful great-grandchildren, in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews, countless friends and even strangers that were lucky enough to have Carman in their lives, even if for a moment. He loved them all very much and would do anything to make them laugh or help them out. He loved deeply and gave unconditionally because it made him happy. He was an example of how some people come into our lives and leave a mark on our hearts forever. In Carman's case, those marks were surprising acts of kindness, and unwavering warmth and support. Carman is predeceased by his parents, Norman and Elsie; his brothers, Lyle, Burnell, and Louis; and his sister Eileen.
Carman wasn't a man who wanted his family and friends moping, he wanted laughter, he wanted music and fun, he wanted a party. He will get his Celebration of Life when COVID-19 is over, so rehearse your jokes and get your cowboy boots ready. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you do something nice for somebody else unexpectedly and without explanation. Help someone stranded on the side of the road, tell someone a joke to cheer them up, or have a drink with a friend, for we will toast you Carman, and keep you in our hearts as long as the stars shine on clear country nights.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the palliative and home care program. The caring nurses and workers showed great heart and patience, and Carman was cracking jokes with them until the very end.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Many decades have passed since I spent time with Carman in P. la P. in grade 6 at North Memorial School, and just today came across his obituary - quite by accident. But, I could not pass it by and took time to read all the wonderful things said about him as I was searching for another. Every word of it is true - as I remember him. What I do remember most about Carman are his raucous laughter and huge smile; I cannot remember him in any other way. Although 65 years have passed, I thought about him occasionally, wondered where he was, and always remembered him with fondness; it was my pleasure, and good fortune, to have known him. My condolences and sincerest sympathies go out to his wife, Lorraine, family members, relatives, and friends. Dave Harrison, Chilliwack, B.C. - and Ruse, Bulgaria where we live the winter months. - Posted by: Dave Harrison (friend and classmate) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • Lorraine and family, please accept our deepest sympathy. He was one of a kind and will always be in our hearts. - Posted by: BILL & DEBBIE CHARLES (FRIENDS) on: Feb 13, 2021

  • Dear Lorraine and Family Saying the final farewell is always difficult when it's someone you love so much. - Posted by: Marie-Alice Grassick (Step-sister ) on: Feb 08, 2021

  • Sorry to see that good friend left us. Carman always had a joke for me. Carman towed a few of my hotrods. I thought of him as an elder in my family. Love Ron and Gwen Breland. - Posted by: Ron Breland (Good friend ) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to the entire family. We have many memories of the kindness and warmth Carman and Lorraine shared with us... He will always be remembered for his uplifting spirit and soft nature. With Love Barb & Gene - Posted by: Barb and Gene Giesbrecht (Friends) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences Lorraine and all the family. - Posted by: Roland and Adeline Tougas (Cousin) on: Feb 06, 2021

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