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Douglas Butler.

Douglas P. Butler, 93Shrewsbury - Douglas Parker Butler, a resident of the Southgate community, died at home on Saturday, March 15, 2014. He was 93. Born on June 29, 1920 in Worcester City Hospital he was a son of the late Walter G. and Mabel E. (Parker) Butler. In 1938 he graduated from the former North High School and then earned his Bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1942 with a degree in Psychology. He honorably served his country in the United States Navy enlisting on July 8, 1942. Doug served aboard the USS Massachusetts Battleship during World War II. His career with the Navy spanned over 40 years, retiring from active service as Lieutenant Commander in 1946 and from the Navy reserves in 1985. On April 4, 1946 in Riverside, California he married Virginia Knox, an airline stewardess with United Airlines and the couple moved to New York City. In New York City Doug worked for National Broadcasting Company at Rockefeller Center creating promotional materials about Radio City. An invitation to return home to his native Worcester to work in the family business, Butler Paper Company in 1949 brought them to residency in Holden. In 1978 he became President of Butler-Dearden Paper Service and enjoyed retirement in 1986. In earlier professional years he served as Board Chairman for many years of the Better Business Bureau, local and regional head of the National Paper Sales Organization, membership in the Regional and National Paper Trade Association, Board of Directors at the former Consumers Bank. He was a founding member of Northcourt Tennis and Swim Club in Northborough, Director of Preservation Worcester and served as a historical guide for Worcester County. Doug lived in Northborough for almost 30 years where he was served on its Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and enjoyed membership in its Historical Society. He moved to the Southgate community in 1997. From a young age Doug had a keen interest in music. He played saxophone, clarinet and piano. He later learned to play the organ and in honor of his 93rd birthday he donated his prized Hammond organ to Tuckerman Hall as a gift to the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Doug enjoyed membership at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, Worcester Art Museum, Hanover Theater, Amherst College Alumni and the American Red Cross. Douglas' wife, Virginia, died December 31, 1995 and he was predeceased by his only sibling, Janice Harwood in 2000. He leaves his children, Richard K. Butler and his wife, Kathie, of Northborough and Carol A. Butler and her husband, Ray Lockwood, of Natick; his grandchildren, Stephanie Lee Butler and Nicholas P. Butler; his great-grandson, Stephanie's son Noah Butler; nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor and remember Douglas' life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Wednesday, March 19th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and again on Thursday morning in The First Congregational Church, 19 Church Road where his Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Lynne Dolan will officiate. Burial in Howard Street Cemetery, Northborough is private.In lieu of flowers memorials in his name may be made to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, PO Box 598, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505.To view Doug's online tribute, share a memory or offer a condolence please visit
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Title Annotation:Obits
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Mar 17, 2014
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