Courtice Funeral Chapel

1587 Highway #2, Courtice, ON


James Allen Butler

December 30, 1940July 29, 2020

40+ year employee at General Motors, Oshawa; 30+ year member of the Oshawa Lawn Bowling Association

Passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Wednesday July 29, 2020 at the age of 79. Beloved husband of Linda. Loving father of Allan Butler and his wife Lori, and Debbie Vachon and her husband Al. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Dane, Matt, Shelby, Chantal and Justin and his great-grandchildren Brayden and Audrey. Dear brother of Ron and his wife Sandy. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Gertrude's Catholic Church, Oshawa on Monday August 3 at 11 am. Sincere thanks are expressed to our children for their diligent care of their father, the CWL members for their support and prayers, the amazing Palliative Team at Lakeridge Health Oshawa and Nurse Valerie. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations to the Durham Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated.


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Nanci Myers

August 10, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Linda and her family. Was very sad to hear of the passing of such a kindhearted man. Our bowling family will certainly miss Jim.

Toni Formosa

August 7, 2020

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I was shocked when I read it in the papers this morning. Our deepest condolences to you, Linda, Debbie and Allan and all your family. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to you at this difficult time. Keep all your wonderful memories that you shared tucked deeply into your hearts! Big hugs..... Charlie and Toni Formosa

Arliene and Doug Marshall

August 4, 2020

A finer gentleman will be hard to come by. A terrific lawn bowler always playing with dignity and sportsmanship. It has been a privilege to have known Jim. He had a genuine hand shake and Doug enjoyed many a game with Jim. Our deepest deepest sympathy goes out to Linda and family. Arliene and Doug

Henry & Wendy Cameron

August 4, 2020

We always looked forward to seeing Jim and Linda at tournaments and even a bigger plus if we were lucky enough to play against them. Even if we would get whipped it was always a pleasant time.
So sorry for your loss Linda. I hope the many happy memories with Jim will help and your family through these difficult times.
Jim's smile will always be remembered.

Judy Anderson

August 3, 2020

Jim was an incredible ambassador for the sport of lawn bowling and he will be missed. He was always welcoming to us and others. He was pleasant to play with and very much a gentleman both on and off the green. We will miss his smiles and kindness to us. Jim was very special.
Our sincerest condolences to Linda and the family.
Judy Anderson and Terry Taylor

Stan Zuly

August 3, 2020

Sheryl and I will truly miss Jim -- always a smile, handshake and/or a hug when we met even though we knew him only a short time.
My fondest lawn bowling memory occurred two years ago when Jim, John MacKenzie and I played in Provincials in Burlington. Despite being ousted the first day we three had great fun together, especially singing along with country and western songs playing on Willie's Roadhouse during our drive home ( when we got home Sheryl said we were the happiest losers she'd ever seen).
Linda, Jim was one of the kindest gentlemen we have ever met. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family!
Love, Stan and Sheryl Zuly

Dennis Flintoff

August 3, 2020

I met Jim at Mill's while driving for the wholesale department.....he was a polite and gentle person to everyone in our group.....I always kid Jim about his start date at General Motors as I also started kindergarden the same year......no words can replace all the memories.... so sorry for your lost.....Dennis

Robb Barsevich

August 3, 2020

I pray that the family would know the love, peace and compassion of the Lord , Jesus Christ at this time. Jim was a man of godly character. Observing and speaking to him was always a privilege and delight. Not a more gracious man to lose a game of bowls to!...(many times)
May God bless you Linda in the coming days.

Trusting in HIM!
Robb Barsevich

Hazel Joffe

August 3, 2020

Jim was just such a fine gentleman with beautiful manners both on and off the green. His passing is a tremendous loss to his wife, Linda, and his family, and also to the whole lawn bowling fraternity - I shall certainly miss the games we played together.

Linda, I pray the wonderful memories you and Jim shared during your life together will give you the strength to carry on without him. My heartfelt condolences to you all.

Roger Buck

August 3, 2020

Jim and I were friends and ALWAYS will be. My very best to Linda. The Oshawa Gold Cup was our original meeting place (some will remember the Double Draw days). WOBA was the cement to our friendship. I remember well the tour to England to the Brighton area with the Butlers, Right, Linda?

Two more memories: they include a "kid" from Cobourg. The three of us won a tourney in Peterborough.after I moved from Sarnia to the Toronto area, The last memory is of this 'kid' and Jim driving to Thornhill to check on me during my 'illness' & making me eat the soup they prepared for me. "Always" Jim & thank you gor being my friend.


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