In memory of
Onnimmus Butler, known affectionately to his family as "Uncle Nathaniel" and to his Annapolis friends as "Butler", died on March 28th in Hallandale, Florida. He was 90. Butler was born on the island of San Salvador in the Bahamas, the 7th of 8 children. He was educated at the All Ages School, before moving to Nassau in the 1940s. He spent his early working years employed in the shipping industry in Nassau, and it was at the waterfront there that he met Bill and Peggy Labrot and entered their employ. He later moved to Annapolis with them, where he spent most of his adult life living and working at Holly Beach Farm. His many roles at the Farm included boat captain, butler, chauffeur, mechanic, and so much more. Those who were fortunate enough to know him will never forget his quiet dignity, his pride in a job well done, his gentleness and kindness, and that twinkle in his eye. Children and adults alike sought his company and learned from his gracious ways. In 2004 his declining health led his Florida family to move him to their home, and he spent his remaining years in their care. He is mourned by two families. His Florida and Bahamas family includes great-nieces Janice Minnis, Nicole Minnis, Valerie Minnis Piper, Catherine Minnis, and a host of other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews. And his Holly Beach Farm family includes Leonie Gately, Terry Crossman, Bill Crossman, Tim Crossman, Scott Crossman, Ann Rougle, Mary Davis, Susan Winslow, and many other close friends. He will not be forgotten.
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