Samuel G. Butler Jr., 69, died unexpectedly Oct. 22, 2010, at his home.

A lifelong resident of Winterport, Sam was born there April 1, 1941, the son of Samuel G. and Emma (Bowden) Butler Sr.

Sam was a graduate of Winterport High School, class of 1959, and was an active member of the community his entire life. He was a member of the Winterport Volunteer Ambulance and Fire Department, was a Winterport town selectman for more than 20 years, was assistant fire warden, Winterport cemetery sexton, Neighborhood Food Cupboard member, member of the Waldo County budget committee and a member of Garfield Odd Fellows Lodge 99, for 50 years.

Sam was the owner of S.G. Butler Cemetery Memorials, a family business he had worked in all of his life. He had also worked at St. Regis Paper Mill, Bucksport, for 17 years, and for the state of Maine Department of Transportation for seven years. Sam enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing cards and spending time with family and friends.

Sam is survived by his wife of 50 years, Donna E. (Ward) Butler, of Winterport; five children, Mike and his wife, Denise, of Winterport; Sharon and her husband, Wayne Quimby, of Winterport; Dean and his wife, Julie, of Hampden; Suzanne and her husband, Barry Fields, of Winterport; and Wendy and her husband, Mike Beal, of Otis; 10 grandchildren, Michael, Nicholas, Josh, Jeremy, Ben, Renée, Lindsey, Katelyn, Wyatt and Alexis; three great-grandchildren, Jaden, Amara and Mackenzie; two sisters, Martha Alexander and Gladys Lynch; a half-sister, Mary Jane Adams; and a half- brother, Charles Rancourt.

Sam was predeceased by two grandchildren Michelle and Emily; and six sisters; Elizabeth, Hazel, Gweneth, Beatrice, Rebecca and Emma.

Calling hours were Sunday, Oct. 24, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, Hampden, where a funeralwas held Monday, Oct. 25, with the Rev. Steve Nute officiating. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Sam’s honor may be made to Winterport Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, P.O. Box 559, Winterport, ME 04496.

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