Pierce Irving Butler
October 9, 1942 – February 13, 2021
Born on October 9, 1942 to Thomas and Miriam Macomber Butler. He had an idyllic childhood, along with his sisters, Mary and Sister Sara Butler, a Roman Catholic nun. He attended St. Frances De Sales High School, graduated from the Georgetown University school of Foreign Service School and received a graduate degree from the University of Madrid. While at Georgetown he became a member of The Georgetown Chimes, where his beautiful baritone voice was featured on many songs and a lifetime of friendships were nurtured and maintained throughout his life. A long time member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, his religion played an important role in his life. He was the consummate gentleman, respectful and kind to all who crossed his path. He was a devoted, loving and generous husband, father, grandfather and friend. He had a long and fruitful career at American Express, holding many positions, including overseas assignments in Australia and Greece. Ken Chenault, the former CEO of American Express, wrote “he possessed the four C's of leadership, Competence, Courage, Caring and Commitment.” He made a difference in so many people's lives. He took a year off from his career to teach at Nativity Prep in New York City. He was given the Father Janus Award for exemplary dedication and served for many years as an active board member. His life was marked by the joy he had as a husband and father. He was incredibly proud of his daughters, Kate Casano and Maureen Anderson and their husbands, Christopher Casano and Eric Anderson. His grandchildren, C.J., Annie, and Perry Casano and Ellie Anderson were the great blessings of his later years. Pierce and Linda were married for 51 years and she considers the day they met, February 8,1969, as the luckiest day of her life. Together they made all their dreams come true. United always in love and with the highest moral compass, their lives will always be bound by the deep and everlasting love they shared We would like to thank our wonderful friends for their devotion and care as well as Fr. William Platt, his sister Sara Butler and the many dedicated caregivers, who spent his last months helping to care for him. A private funeral service will be held at St. Agatha’s Church in Milton, MA for immediate family members. You will be able to view it online by using the following link: https://vimeo.com/512616964 In lieu of flowers, please write the family notes with remembrances of Pierce in happier times. When the world is a better place, a Mass of celebration will be held at St. Catherine’s in Riverside, CT.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Pierce Irving Butler
February 26, 2021
I was so sad to hear of Pierce's Passing. He was a real Gentleman. My deepest sympathy to you Linda, Kate, and Maureen.
Woody Chime #137
February 23, 2021
He was one of those Chimes that defined for me why this was such a good group. He greeted me with a verve that made it seem like he had been campaigning for my good fortune for most of his life.
February 22, 2021
Around 6 years ago a small group of AMEX Alumni who had worked together in the 1970s and 80s started getting together once a year to reunite and share stories about a very magical time working together at AMEX We are in this photo from our favorite get together. We are all so glad to have had the privilege of working with Perry and enjoying his company again so many years later. He was everything people have written in their condolences, a consumate gentleman and stand up guy. He was so talented
and contributed so much to all of us.
We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you in our prayers.
Ken and Gwen Asher
February 22, 2021
The four of us started in Harrison at the Executive House and ended up raising our girls in Old Greenwich/ Riverside. Our lives have been linked all of these years. Our dear friend Pierce will be missed and always in our hearts. Our love and thoughts are with you, Linnie, and your beautiful family. Ken and Gwen
February 22, 2021
Blessings, Linda. Your loving words for Pierce and your courage are an inspiration. I know he also dwells in the hearts of all of us and that he is so proud of you.
Thank you for sharing the virtual service as it brings some closure for those of us who could not be with you. Warm hugs for you, Kate and Mo along with warm memories.
February 22, 2021
I will remember Perry fondly. We met long ago (1975?), when I joined the Chimes. Perry was a kind man. For Al Walsh’s funeral in Baltimore, I drove Perry from hotel to church. As we drove, he reflected on how kind the young Walsh family was to open their home in Arlington to successive years of Actives from Perry's era. Perry noted what a difference that made for him and these other young college students, a richer experience, helping them keep college in perspective. A decade later, Perry had retired, but he called me out of the blue because he heard I was working at American Express. Perry gave me names to chase down there (I did), and some useful tips, which I appreciated very much. But these two instances only set an example for my every interaction with Perry.
February 20, 2021
I was a brand new freshman, brought to Georgetown University (GU) a few days early in the fall of 1964 by my brother Fred. I met the senior core of the Active Chimes one night, at Matt Kane's Bit of Ireland bar downtown in DC--Phil Murray, John O'Brien, Kevin O'Brien. Then I met Pierce, a Chime baritone who had graduated the year before - he had stayed around GU into the next year to take a few courses. He was one of my brother Fred's very best friends. I sang the same baritone part Pierce did - and he helped train me as I learned many of the baritone parts by listening to a Chimes tape he was featured on. One small, funny story about this - I was listening to one of the parts he was singing for one of the Chime songs, and all of a sudden he stops and says "...ah, learn the rest in practice". Other baritones at the time - my other mentors John Reed, Bill Casey, Joe Lauinger - would retell this story - and Pierce would always laugh! (we all thought he must have forgotten the part). He was a consummate Chime and friend - he was quiet, low key, and cool - tended bar at the 1789 Restaurant Pub along with Phil - never blew his own horn -- and played the guitar. And he had that first year, brand new, three on the floor green 1964 Mustang - same color as that great "Bullitt" Mustang in the movie some years later. I loved riding with him in that car and remember it to this day (he even let me drive it once!), especially when he drove us out to play this brand new golf course in Reston VA, with fellow Chimes Al Walsh who was then managing the 1789, and the Lau (Joe Lauinger). Pierce showed every time we played that he was by far the best golfer, with the same cool, quiet, smooth tempo swing that mirrored his personality. Years later we were a Team at the golf event I organized in Beaufort SC for my brother Fred's 60th birthday - he shared his clubs with me that day as I didn't have mine with me. Classy - always a gentleman. I miss him.
Dave Cosco, Mclean VA
February 18, 2021
I had the pleasure of knowing Perry during a short stint at American Express.. He was a lovely man and a true gentleman. May he rest in peace.