Darrel Norman Butler
The family of Darrel Norman Butler is saddened to announce
his death at the Dr Everett Chalmer’s Hospital on Saturday,
July 24, 2021 at the age of 71.
Darrel is survived by his wife Cathy (Simmons); daughters
Heather (Mark) of Brampton and Ann (Ryan) of Fredericton;
granddaughters Emma and Claire; step grandson Reese; brother Brian
(Lin); brothers-in-law Michael, Larry and Peter, as well as many
Darrel joined the senior management team in 1972 at Kings
Landing where he worked for 44 years. He designed its interpretation
and education programs, including the visiting cousins program. His
passion was preserving New Brunswick history, ensuring the historical
authenticity of the presentation in the village, and managing the
artifact collection. He dedicated his life to preserving the history
of New Brunswick.
While obtaining his MA in History and Graduate Certificate in
Material History from UNB, he attended the HF DuPont Winterthur Museum
and University of Delaware. Over the years, he served the museum
community of New Brunswick and Canada by serving on the Board of the
Association Museums New Brunswick; chair of the Professional Standards
and Ethics Committee of the Canadian Museums Association (CMA), and
also sat on the board of directors of the CMA. He served as president
of the York Sunbury Historical Society in the 1980’s. Darrel
was an appraiser on the first season of the Canadian Antiques Road
Show and travelled across Canada. He also sat on the committee that
established the Heritage Preservation Review Board in
Darrell was an active member of the Anglican Church and has
been on the vestry of both St. Peter’s Anglican Church and
Christ Church (Parish) Church. He worked tirelessly in the church
kitchen for dinners and receptions always teasing and joking with his
He married his dearest friend and constant love of his life
in 1972. Besides giving him the best years of her life, Cathy kept him
constantly humble. She will miss him.
While his daughter Ann was in Characters Incorporated
(directed by Philip smith), he assisted in many ways with the group
from 1992 – 1997.
His greatest pleasure in his life was enjoying time with his
daughters and then his granddaughters. He loved and cherished them
more than anything else in the world. Grampy would do anything with
them – from watching an ant hill for hours; planting a
garden with Claire; building sandcastles to visiting every museum and
art gallery (especially the Royal Ontario Museum) with Emma. He was
the best father and grandfather ever!
There will be a visitation at McAdam’s Funeral Home
on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00pm. A memorial
service will take place on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the
Christ Church (Parish) Church. Due to current health restrictions,
please contact the funeral home to reserve a seat: (506) 458-9170,
email: email@example.com. In lieu
of flowers, contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be
appreciated by the family.
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Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Darrel Norman Butler 19502021..
Death notice for the town of: Fredericton, Province: Nouveau-Brunswick