September 5, 1952 ~ January 20, 2018
Obituary for Mr. Richard Butler
Richard W. Butler, 65, of Chokoloskee,
Florida passed away on January 20, 2018 in Florida. He was the son of the late George and Louise
Butler. Richie grew up on Westville
Avenue in Danbury where his father was a blacksmith and his family and cousins
were involved with pulling oxen at the Great Danbury State Fair. His love for the fair was immediate and he
went to work in 1971 for Leahy’s Fuels who owned the Danbury Fair. For many years he was a part of the pit crew
for the Ted Turiano and Art Davis #32.
He remained employed by Leahy’s for 42 years and retired in 2013.
He developed a love for Draft
Horses and over the years, owned multiple teams with his passion being
Clydesdales, showing them at local fairs with his family including the Big E
Draft Show. Even when he was no longer
showing, he worked for the Big E and Erie County Fair every fall.
After his retirement, he
moved to Florida with his fiancé, Cornelia Jacquier. Richie and Cornie spent the last 5 years
enjoying life to its fullest traveling the country and enjoying island life in
Florida and St. Maarten.
Along with his parents,
Richie was predeceased by his half-brother, William Smith. He is survived by his half-sister, Betty
Hafer, son Brian Butler, daughter Kelly Butler, fiancé Cornelia Jacquier and former
wife Pam Butler, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services will be
private and a “Celebration of Life and Horses” will be held in the Spring.