Lester A. "Les" Butt
Lester A. "Les" Butt, 96, recently of Topsfield and longtime
resident of Revere, died on January 12, 2013 following a stroke. He
was the beloved husband of Genevieve "Gen" Ash Butt who died on
August 10, 2012.
Les' late parents, Bertha Thistle Butt and Moses Butt, were born in
Newfoundland. As young adults they moved to the United States and
settled in the Chelsea/Revere area. Les and Gen knew each other
their entire lives and were friends during childhood. Their
friendship turned to love, and while Les was in the Army during WWII
they married on March 7, 1942 at Revere Methodist Church. That love
and marriage lasted for more than seventy years.
In February 1941 Les enlisted in the United States Army and proudly
served his country until July 1945. He was seriously injured during
his military duties and was an honorably discharged disabled
veteran. The City of Revere recognized his enlistment by presenting
Les with a special ring. Les was a member of the American Legion,
Revere, Post No. 61, and a graduate of Revere High School.
After his military service Les worked for Happy Home Bakery, then
changed careers and entered the banking field, working at Chelsea
Savings Bank, Chelsea, and continuing his education with courses in
the banking field. His final career was with the United States
Postal Service, working at the Revere, South Boston and Charlestown
Post Offices and on the mail train from Boston to New York, his
For sixty years Les and Gen happily resided together in Revere in a
home built for them at 234 Vane Street by Les’ brother-in-law, Chet
Reynolds. They had wonderful neighbors who became lifelong friends.
Retirement gave Les time to tend to his gardening and he had a
spectacular flower garden in Revere. He thoroughly enjoyed caring
for his flowers, grapevines, vegetables and trees, of which he
planted many. Starting at age ninety-three he entered his vegetables
in competition at the Topsfield Fair where he won many ribbons.
September 2012, at age ninety-six, he won seven ribbons for his
vegetables and was looking forward to his 2013 garden, planning this
time to plant mostly flowers in his wife's memory.
Les and Gen enjoyed traveling during their marriage, and after
retirement they traveled extensively, enjoying each others company
and the people they met during their travels. Les was a self taught
organist and had his own organ, a gift from Gen on his 50th
birthday. He loved playing and singing for Gen and was the Musician
at several fraternal lodges. He was also an accomplished wood
Les was a member of numerous lodges and fraternal organizations:
Bethesda Lodge #30, Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Braintree,
Past Noble Grand; Veteran Odd Fellows Association of Massachusetts;
Aleppo Temple, Legion of Honor Unit, Wilmington; Seaview Lodge, A.F.
& A.M., Revere; Star of Bethlehem Lodge A.F. & A.M., Wakefield;
Mount Tabor A.F. & A.M., Wakefield; Golden Rule Lodge A.F. & A.M.,
Wakefield; The Royal Arch Chapter of the Tabernacle, Malden; United
Commandery No. 21 Knights Templar, Norwood; St. Paul's Royal Arch
Chapter, Masonic Temple, Boston; Neponset Valley Royal Arch Chapter,
Norwood; St. Matthews Royal Arch Chapter, Dorchester; The North
Shore Shrine Club; ASOP Sanctorum #134, Milford; Beauseant-Palestine
Commandery No. 10 Knights Templar, Malden; and Shriners
International. Faith was a large part of Les and Gen's life. They
were brought as infants by their parents by open air trolley car
from Revere to Hamilton for Asbury Grove Methodist Camp Meeting
Services and attended Sunday services and activities at Asbury Grove
through the years. Les was a member of Revere Methodist Church, Good
Shepherd Methodist Church in Malden and Hamilton Methodist Church.
Les is survived by his daughter Diana Butt Campbell and his
son-in-law James Campbell of Topsfield, son Jon Butt of Atlanta,
Georgia; grandchildren James, Lisa and Alan Campbell, Pamela Helling,
Jon and Ricci Butt; great-grandchildren Tyler, Ethan and Dylan
Campbell, Michelle and Ian Tomlinson, Rachel Beck, Brenden Overseth,
Morgan and Jaxon Butt and Jonathan Murphy, sister Dorothy Butt Ash
of Texas, brother and sister-in-law Richard and Phyllis Russell
Britt of California, sisters-in-law, Eleanor Butt of Revere and
Rachel Butt of Alabama and many adored nieces, nephews and cousins
and the Appel and Fisher families. He was predeceased by three
brothers, George Butt, Herbert Butt and John Butt, brothers-in-law,
George “Carl” Ash, N. Chester Reynolds and Donald Aiesi and
sisters-in-law, Florence “Tot” Ash Reynolds, Viola Ash Aiesi, Winona
Ash and Cora Butt.
Les' journey on earth is over, but he will remain in the hearts of
those who love him. Family and friends are comforted by the
knowledge that Les and Gen are together forever with God. Les'
family is thankful for the compassionate care Les received at Lahey
A Memorial Service will be held on February 23, 2013, at 2:00 pm at
Hamilton Methodist Church, 391 Bay Road (Rt 1A), Hamilton,
Massachusetts. A reception at the Church will immediately follow the
Service. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Arrangements are by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In
lieu of flowers, donations in Les' memory may be sent to the Home
For Little Wanderers, Big Wishes Program, Development Department,
271 Huntington Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115 or to the Asbury
Grove E. Stanley Jones Chapel, 1 Pleasant Avenue, Hamilton, MA