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BUTLER, WILLIAM A. William A. Butler, of Greenville, SC died January 4, 2017. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary McDonnell Butler. Born in New Haven, CT, December 28, 1923, he moved to Hamden, CT in 1933 and graduated from Hamden High in 1941 and enrolled in Villanova College. After entering the Navy he was assigned to the Navy’s Mid-Off school at the Harvard Business School. There, he was commissioned an ensign to the Navy Supply Corps and assigned to the Seventh Fleet operations in Leyte Gulf, Philippines. After World War II, he returned to Villanova to receive a degree in business administration. In 1950, he resigned from the Navy Reserve Supply Corps as a Lieutenant. He started his career as a salesman with the newly founded Flexible Tubing Corp. in Branford, CT. When the company moved to Guilford, CT, he became the founding president of the Guilford chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. His family moved to Madison, CT where he was active in forming and coaching the town’s Little League baseball program. At Flexible Tubing, he was company secretary responsible for military work when it was sold to Automation Industries Inc. In January 1954, he and his wife were invited guests to the launching of the USS Nautilus. After the acquisition, he became the second president of Flexible Tubing in 1969, a position he held for 13 years. In 1978, he became group vice president of Automation’s FlexTech Group and appointed president of Kenyon Marine Co. of Guilford, CT; Chelsea Clock Co. of Chelsea, MA; and Automation Ins. (Canada) Ltd, of Mississauga, Ontario. He also was responsible for Hydrotherm Inc., in Montvale, NJ. When Flexible Tubing relocated to Abbeville, SC in 1976, the family relocated to Greenville. In 1978, he was named ‘Boss of the Year’ by the Greenville Secretaries Association. He retired in 1984. He was a member of the Greenville Country Club, the Poinsett Club, the Sertoma Club and the Chamber of Commerce where he worked on the committee responsible for bringing Braves baseball to Greenville. He volunteered for over 25 years for Meals on Wheels. He was a member of the Board of Counselors of Erskine College, and the Licensing Executives Society. In 1992, the Villanova Alumni Association awarded him the Alumni Medal for outstanding service to the University. He is survived by two daughters, Mary-Beth Butler of Westbrook, CT and Maureen (and son-in-law John) Beall of Richmond, VA, a son, William A. Butler III of Orange, CT, and two grandsons, Sean and Andrew Butler of Orange, CT. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville. Recitation of the Rosary and a vigil will be held at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, downtown on January 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on January 13, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Monastery of St. Clare in Travelers Rest, SC, or St. Joseph’s High School in Greenville. We would like to thank the staff at The Woodlands, especially Karriagan, Chuck, Connie, Libby, Sharon, Ceil, Yolanda, and Leigh for the dedication and care they provided.
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