Richard Butler


With heavy hearts we sadly announce the passing of Richard Scott Butler “Rick” on Saturday March 27, 2021 at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance. Born in Chatham 58 years ago. Son of Alan and Geri Butler (deceased Feb. 2019). Best friend of Sandy Clarke. Very proud father of Derek and Conor. Beloved brother of Pat Butler, Al Butler, Sandy Gagner (Randy), Rob Butler (Louise), Jen Gardener (Bill) and Kevin Butler (Tina).  Also survived by nieces and nephews. Richard worked for many years at the Southwest Regional Centre and also Courtesy Cab. He will always be remembered as a generous and caring man who’s eccentric nature and sublime sense of humour made him unique in the lives of all that knew him. A real lover of music, especially Kiss , Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn and equally a committed fan of the teams of Chicago, Blackhawks, Bears and Cubs. He dreamed of visiting Wrigley Field .Especially fond of watching old black & white horror films (Frankenstein, Wolfman & Dracula) and anything Godzilla on a Saturday afternoon with his Mom. A son, father, brother and friend Rick had a “heart the size of Texas”, Rick will be deeply missed and forever remembered. A private time of remembrance will take place.

21 Comments on “Richard Butler”

  1. Love ya Uncle Rick!!!! Rest easy old man!! Our whole family misses you greatly!! You affected each and every one of us in one way or another!! Thank you for sharing stories with me and I’ll always appreciate the time spent with you playing darts, watching sports, smoking doobies and drinking coffee!! Still can’t believe I’m one of the only ones to not hit a 180 on your board!! Lol! Love you and miss you always!!

    Bill Jr.

  2. My sincere sympathy to Sandy , Derek, Connor and the entire Butler family !… love thoughts and prayers to you all!RIP Rick

  3. Dear Derek and Conor,
    There are no words I can say to you right now to ease your pain and grief. Know instead, that you both, are in my thoughts and in my heart every day. I hope someday you will both think of a good memory of you with your dad and laugh out loud!! Laughter does heal in its own time and in your time. I love you both and wish I could say this in person. So God Bless and dream of good times.❤️❤️❤️

  4. Sandy, Connor, Derek, please know we are thinking of you all. Our sincerely condolences to your family.

  5. Rest In Peace Dad you were the best father a man could have ever asked for I’m glad you’re not in pain anymore

  6. Al, Pat, Al, Sandy, Rob, Jen, Kevin and your families and also to Sandy, Derek and Conor
    We know words can’t take away the hurt you’re feeling, but we want you to know how much we care and are thinking about all of you. Draw strength from each other and don’t let go of your precious memories of Rick. It will help you get through this difficult tiime. He is now with your Mom. It truly is nice to have a large family to lean on. Al your kids will always be one of seven children just as we still are that number never changes.
    Lots of Love from Sister-In-Laws and Aunts Brenda, Jayne, Nancy, Cathy, Janet and Kelly

  7. My sincerest condolences to Sandy, Derek and Conor. May his memories ease the pain you are experiencing at this difficult time. Your dad will always be in your heart, and he will forever be near…just listen and watch for signs. May god bless you all.

  8. Sorry you have lost him. Rick and I worked together often and had some good times. Take care of each other.

  9. Rick it was cool to know you with out being introduced through mark cancer is ugly be at peace now Shannon n mark

  10. Derek and Conor, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sandy, you have a beautiful heart and soul. Rest in peace Rick. My condolences to all family.

  11. Rest in Peace my Friend ! Condolences too all the Family from all his extended family @ Courtesy Cab ! Go Cubs !!!

  12. To my Brother in Arms;

    so I came too late to save you
    when you folded your wings for the last time,
    and you went to sleep.

    in the search for memories
    comes the reason…
    it was safer in the past.

    and I can remember a time
    and I can remember a place,
    when tomorrow was beyond the horizon
    and you were here and safe.

    but the moment is fading
    forever passing by,
    if you could see the distance in my eyes…

    Robert Butler

  13. Dear Sandy, Derick and Connor
    Such a difficult time for you all. Know we are thinking of each of you as you go thru this journey. Praying for peace, love and comfort at this difficult time.
    Dean & Laurie Frayne

  14. Dear Al: I am just so shocked and sorry that you and your family have suffered this sad loss. It has been a long time since I have seen Rick. I remember once visiting Geri with my Mom when Rick was only about a year and a half old and he was playing on the kitchen floor with his toy cars as we sat around the table talking. When he was finished, he gathered up all of his toys and put them all away in one of the boxes in the corner … the box that had his name on it. Such a sweet little boy. I have never forgotten that moment. I also remember seeing him with all of your family each summer as we gathered for our Dye family picnics. Your loss is huge and I send my deepest sympathies to you, to Sandy, Derek and Conor, and to Pat, Bud, Sandra, Rob, Jennifer and Kevin and their families. It is never easy to lose someone you love and I pray that you will be comforted to know that I and so many others are thinking of you and wishing you peace, courage and strength as you pass through this very sad time. Much love to you all.

  15. Our hearts are broken for the loss of Rick, proudest father of Derek and Conor, and best friend of Sandy. He fought hard to stay with his boys, they never left his thoughts, determined to get out of that hospital to spend time with them. He was quiet, gentle and had the quirkiest sense of humour, that carried him through life. He had to spend the night beside Dereks crib, when he was a baby, when the python or whatever it was, big that’s what I remember, got out of its cage. He was always considered as part of the family, he will be forever loved and remembered.

  16. Dear Derek, Sorry about your loss, it’s a difficult time for your family and as time moves on each day will get easier. During these tough times lean on your family and friends and the if you need to talk I’m here for you. Your friend Bryant

  17. So sorry to hear this. My sympathies to the Butler family. I saw my first Kiss concert with Rick many years ago. Rick was a weekly visitor to my record shop the last 10 years. He sure loved his music. RIP friend

  18. Words can not begin to express how heartbroken our boys and myself are.
    I have lost a best friend and Derek & Conor have lost an outstanding Dad and role model! Nothing I can say will ever convey what he meant to us. He is so deserving of an incredible tribute, that he himself, the humble man he was, never thought he was worthy of. He was so touched and overwhelmed by all the people that reached out to him during his courageous battle. He always said “I never really thought I was that important and that anyone cared that much!” If you were fortunate enough to know him, you are blessed!
    Because of covid we hadn’t seen him since November. Conor, his mini-me, missed out on so many regular visits to his Dad’s over the past year. Derek was able to reconnect with his Dad during his journey as he stayed with Derek at his apartment so that we could travel back and forth to London for his treatments. That was a true blessing!
    We were shocked when we got the call last week that he was moved to palliative and we could finally come to see him. We were so excited!! But we were only given less then an hour to spend with him before he slipped away from us. He wasn’t able to respond but we knew by the facial expressions, the moans, and the tear that rolled down his cheek, that he knew his precious boys, his pride and joy, were there with him.
    I now will do the absolute best I can to give our boys strength to bear this horrific pain and loss. We will NEVER stop missing him, loving him, and honouring him.
    Thank you to everyone who has reached out, sent messages, or paid tribute to our beloved Rick, Dad, friend, son, brother, uncle. Your support and love is so appreciated.
    It gives us comfort knowing that he was met by his beautiful Mother who would have wrapped her loving arms around him.
    Forever in our hearts!
    Never forgotten!
    Family Forever!
    We love you to infinity
    Ricky Sunshine of the Cool Hat!

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