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Albert E. “Butch” Towne, Jr.

Albert E. “Butch” Towne, Jr., 65, of Elliot Street, Beverly and  longtime Essex resident, died Friday, August 15, 2014 in the Beverly Hospital following his brief illness.

Born in Ipswich February 8, 1949 son of Esther L (Ricker) Towne of Beverly and the late Albert E. Towne, he was raised in Essex and Hamilton, a 1967 graduate of Hamilton-Wenham High School. For many years he was employed in the building supply industry. He had worked at the Home Center in Essex and most recently at Home Depot in Danvers from which he retired.

Butch enjoyed carpentry, R/C sailing at Redd’s Pond and captain of his boat the Kon Tiki. He’ll also be remembered as an avid  Jimmy Buffet “Parrot Head”.

In addition to his mother he is survived by two daughters, Ashley E. Towne and her husband Alain Park of Chicago, IL, Courtney E. Nunes and her husband Scott of Beverly; four grandchildren, Eloise and Mathilde Park both of Chicago and Aidan and Avery Nunes both of Beverly; three brothers, Ronald R. Towne and Glenn R. Towne both of Essex, Eric M. Towne and his wife Carol of Portsmouth, NH; two sisters, Susan Bissel and her husband Mike of Beverly, Sonja Towne of Beverly; his former wife Susan M. Towne of CO; many nephews, nieces; his longtime friend, Doreen McManus of Georgetown, and his parrot companions Rita and Kita.

His funeral service will be held 11 am Thursday, August 21 in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Tuesday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal St., Boston, MA 02128.

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