Robert Murray Butler

July 24, 1945October 30, 2021

Robert “Rob” Butler passed away on October 30th, 2021 at the age of 76, in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He died peacefully, in his sleep, of natural causes.

Rob was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Thelma and Herbert Butler on July 24th, 1945. After graduating high school, Rob enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan and earned a degree in Pharmacy. Shortly after graduating, Rob married Dianne Bent and the young couple had two children, Clinton and Allison. Rob practiced Pharmacy only briefly before deciding he’d “had enough of that sh*t,” and followed his brother David to Calgary, to try his luck in the booming oil industry of the 70’s. Rob found success and enjoyment in the oil business, but eventually realized that what he truly enjoyed was doing whatever he wanted, when he wanted, so he retired from the industry in the early 90’s. Rob invested in the hospitality business and relocated to Nelson B.C. where, over the next 30 years, he, along with talented partners, helped build a successful hospitality enterprise.

Rob was a mentor and council to many. He was particularly fond of encouraging young people on their paths and nothing gave him a bigger thrill than watching them succeed. If you were young and brave and following your heart, you had no bigger fan than Rob. No one loved a good laugh as much as Rob did, and his laugh was infectious and one of his most distinguishing traits. Anyone who knew him will remember, and miss that laugh.

He cherished his friends and, with the best of them, enjoyed ski trips in the 80’s, boating around the west coast of BC in the 90’s, golf throughout, and the meetings of the minds which took place in the “Libary” (yes, that spelling is correct), the Kootenay Lake headquarters of a Kokanee-fueled think-tank and intellectual juggernaught, where all the world’s problems were handily solved (due to an unfortunate lack of foresight, no records were kept).

Rob led an uncompromising life. He did things his way. He did things well. He treated people with respect. He was honest and forthright and abhorred injustice. He laughed A LOT.

Rob will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his son, Clint (Heather), daughter Allison (Michael) and grandson Declan, as well as siblings David and Beverly.

There will be a celebration of Rob’s life at a later date. The family will make sure that all who would wish to attend will be alerted through public notice of the plans well in advance of the date so that arrangements may be made to share a “giggle”, as Rob would refer to a good time with friends and family.


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Catherine Butler

November 30, 2021

Rob was a wonderful uncle & mentor who as Clint & Allison highlighted, was always a great support when I called upon him. Rob always had a clear line of sight to the core of any matter, whether you wanted to hear it or not, and that is important. Rob could outline what doing the right thing by all might be. He would advise that I always focus on that something that is nearest to my heart & soul. He encouraged that it well, should be a smart something. We loved & were lucky to be loved by Rob, and very lucky to share many giggles with him. Cathy Butler, Levi & Jessie Stein.

Tory Haynes

November 30, 2021

A well written obituary that describes Rob so well. I will miss Uncle Rob very much and will cherish the memories of our families together at the lake in Wakesiu and Windermere. I will most definitely miss his awesome laugh and great dance moves! RIP Rob love Tory, Trevor, Clayton and Lauryn

Jim and Shirley Frost

November 30, 2021

We met Rob at Michael and Allie's wedding here in Nova Scotia. We knew right away we had met an incredible soul who would leave an indelible mark on our hearts. We could see he loved our son Michael and he was oh so proud of his beautiful daughter Allie and loved her so deeply. Then we met Clint and Heather and Declan, again we saw the love he had for them overflowing with his laughter, his jokes and his willingness to share his happiness. Rest In Peace, dear Rob, you really did live your life to the fullest!

Basil Bark

November 29, 2021

I was introduced to Rob by the Slipp brothers. I will cherish the many laughs we all had together in Calgary and Nelson. Golfing was a common thread amongst us and the stories kept us all in stitches. Certainly embellished but entertaining and memorable. Missing your laugh.
Bas Bark

Mike Slipp

November 29, 2021

I loved RB . He and my brother Bill had a language of their own that after a few drinks only they could understand. We had so many great days on the golf course . One year at Country Hills I think RB , Billy , Rene and I played at least 50 rounds together. It was awesome.