OBITUARY

Butch McIlwain

December 30, 1959September 3, 2018
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LYNN – Bernard “Butch” Hugh McIlwain, 58, of Lynn, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, September 3rd. He was the devoted husband and best friend of Susan (McDermott) McIlwain with whom he shared 28 years of marriage. Born in Lynn, Butch was the beloved son of Elaine (Sweeney) Carpenter of Ft. Myers, FL and the late Edward Carpenter and the son-in-law of the late Donna and William Morrison. He was the loving father of Riley McIlwain and his wife, Cindy of Everett; the cherished grandfather of Jacob, Jason and Ryan; the dear brother of Denise Sullivan and her husband, Leo of Ft. Myers, Marilyn O’Neil and her husband, John, and Edward Carpenter, all of Lynn; the brother-in-law of Ellen Serino and her husband, Bobby of Nahant and William McDermott of Arizona; and the uncle of John, Sara, Shayna, Jake, Nicole, Robert, Ryan and Callie. Butch graduated from Lynn English High School with the Class of ’78 and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1988. Butch worked as a machinist at GE in Lynn for the past 17 years. Butch mastered Judo for over 40 years and held a 3rd degree Black Belt. He enjoyed practicing with his son, Riley, at Jimmy Pedro’s Judo Center in Wakefield. He enjoyed traveling and especially to Ft. Myers, FL and to the family lake home in Weirs Beach, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, where he enjoyed boating, jet skis, and moonlight lake cruises with AJ and Johanne. An accomplished handyman, he could fix anything, talk forever with a great sense of quick humor, and enjoyed reading and Jeopardy. He was also an avid sports fan of Boston teams. He especially enjoyed going to Red Sox games with Susan. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his wife, Susan, son and daughter-in-law Riley and Cindy, his grandchildren and extended family and many friends. Butch’s funeral will be held on Monday from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St. Lynn at 10:00 a.m. followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius V Church, Lynn. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, September 9th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. In Lieu of flowers, contributions in Butch’s memory may be made to Pedro’s Judo Booster Club, 19 New Salem St., Wakefield, MA 01880. To leave a condolence online or to share a memory, please visit cuffemcginn.com.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Butch McIlwain

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Donna Johnson

September 9, 2018

There are many fond memories of Butch but, My favorite is going to Tony’s one night with Sue and Butch. I was single after 30 years and thought wow this will be fun!! Little did I know that Butch would turn into my Body guard the minute we walked in. He had to clear people before I could talk to them.. That was the guy he was..He always had your back.. R.I.P. Buddy...

Kathy Heaphy

September 9, 2018

Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you...Kathy.

Sue Mcilwain

September 8, 2018

Mary (McAvenia) Pigott

September 8, 2018

Dear Elaine and Family:
So sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Losing a child is the greatest loss
anyone has to go through. No one can understand until they go through it.
The girls and I will keep you in our prayers.

Thinking of you,
Mary, Debra, and Robin

Connor Corrigan

September 7, 2018

Butch. My brother. So sad to hear the news. Thank you for all the good times we shared. I will always remember your crazy ways of making everyone happy. Way too early. You will be missed

Albert Bleau

September 7, 2018

In 1998, I hired Butch as the Property Manager of the Special Needs Housing Corporation's rooming houses and apartment house on Silsbee St. In Lynn.

He had full property management responsibilities including maintenance, tenant selection and discipline and evictions. He did an outstanding job. I really enjoyed working with him.
My sincere condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren and family.
I am certain Butch was a wonderful husband, father and grandpa. He'll be missed.
Albert Bleau

Chris Round

September 7, 2018

Butchy was always a reliable and quality person. He had an easy humor that I always appreciated. He was good to me when I was young, doing things like letting me tag along to tournaments. The world is a lesser place without him. All of my best to his family.

-Chris Round

Jerry haggerty

September 6, 2018

I remember renting your place at weirs beach with billy Bergeron while you and Suestayed at AJ’s. And butch would be over with us all the time and Sue jokingly giving butch a hard time saying we rented it he shouldn’t be there all the time. It was a great week. You will be sorely missed love ya! Jerry💔

DAVID FULTON

September 6, 2018

Butchie has passed into the after life taking with him, My Love, Honor, & Respect.
Butchie has left the best, of inheritance, for his survivors, that of a 'Great Legacy'.
Butchie was magnetic, & abounded with delightful faults.
Butchie's only sin against me, was in his passing.
Butchie will be sorely missed by me.

My Deepest Sympathy is Extended, to his Family, & Other Fellow Mourners

maureen shultz

September 6, 2018

Dear Sue & Family,
We are saddened to hear about your loss of Butch, I did not know him personally but knowing you for many years with your beautiful laugh and smile I am positive Butch had a great life with you -who couldn't have a great life being with you !! Our hearts are heavy for you and your entire family during this unimaginable pain -You will never be alone -your friends now and in the Past -are here for you!
Love Maureen & Michael Shultz, Nahant, Mass

Biography

LYNN – Bernard “Butch” Hugh McIlwain, 58, of Lynn, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, September 3rd. He was the devoted husband and best friend of Susan (McDermott) McIlwain with whom he shared 28 years of marriage. Born in Lynn, Butch was the beloved son of Elaine (Sweeney) Carpenter of Ft. Myers, FL and the late Edward Carpenter and the son-in-law of the late Donna and William Morrison.
He was the loving father of Riley McIlwain and his wife, Cindy of Everett; the cherished grandfather of Jacob, Jason and Ryan; the dear brother of Denise Sullivan and her husband, Leo of Ft. Myers, Marilyn O’Neil and her husband, John, and Edward Carpenter, all of Lynn; the brother-in-law of Ellen Serino and her husband, Bobby of Nahant and William McDermott of Arizona; and the uncle of John, Sara, Shayna, Jake, Nicole, Robert, Ryan and Callie.
Butch graduated from Lynn English High School with the Class of ’78 and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1988. Butch worked as a machinist at GE in Lynn for the past 17 years. Butch mastered Judo for over 40 years and held a 3rd degree Black Belt. He enjoyed practicing with his son, Riley, at Jimmy Pedro’s Judo Center in Wakefield. He enjoyed traveling and especially to Ft. Myers, FL and to the family lake home in Weirs Beach, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, where he enjoyed boating, jet skis, and moonlight lake cruises with AJ and Johanne. An accomplished handyman, he could fix anything, talk forever with a great sense of quick humor, and enjoyed reading and Jeopardy. He was also an avid sports fan of Boston teams. He especially enjoyed going to Red Sox games with Susan. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his wife, Susan, son and daughter-in-law Riley and Cindy, his grandchildren and extended family and many friends.
Butch’s funeral will be held on Monday from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St. Lynn at 10:00 a.m. followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius V Church, Lynn. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, September 9th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. In Lieu of flowers, contributions in Butch’s memory may be made to Pedro’s Judo Booster Club, 19 New Salem St., Wakefield, MA 01880. To leave a condolence online or to share a memory, please visit cuffemcginn.com.