Saturday, March 30, 2019

JOSEPH THOMAS BUTLER, JR , 1938 - 2019

Obituary for Joseph Thomas Butler Jr.

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Joseph Thomas (Tom) Butler, Jr died peacefully on March 19, 2019. Tom fought a hard fight after treatment for cancer in 2017. He was born January 24, 1938, in White Castle, Louisiana, and lived in New Roads, Louisiana, in his childhood and youth.

Tom attended Louisiana State University where he received bachelor's and master's degrees. He then attended Southeastern Louisiana University and received another master's degree.

In 1969, Tom moved with his wife and three children to Thibodaux, Louisiana, to accept a position in the library at Nicholls State University, where he worked for 34 years. He was Associate Director when he retired from the Ellender Memorial Library.

Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, June Barrosse Butler, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, son Patrick and wife, Marlet, son Timothy and wife, Cindy, daughter Alison Butler Costanzo and fiancé, Frank DiVincenti, and six grandchildren, Joey Butler, Bryan Costanzo, Ashlynn Butler, Andrew Costanzo, William Costanzo, and Joshua Butler. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Thomas Butler, Sr and Laura Janis Butler.

Tom's funeral service celebrating his life will be on Saturday, April 6, at 2PM, with visitation beginning at 1PM, at St John's Episcopal Church, 718 Jackson St, Thibodaux LA 70301. A reception in the church hall will follow the service.

The loves of Tom's life in addition to his family were gardening, fishing, and a small wooden boat museum, The Center For Traditional Louisiana Boat Building, established in the 1970s by Tom and John Rochelle, first at Nicholls State University and later in its own building in Lockport, Louisiana, on 202 Main Street. Tom served as director of the Center until very recently.

In lieu of flowers, tax-deductable donations may be sent to Friends for Traditional LA Boat Building, 202 Main Street, Lockport LA 70374.

14 comments:

  1. I am so very sorry, June, for your great loss. May beautiful memories and the love of God comfort you.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Russ. I will miss Tom terribly. The last three months and especially the last three weeks were painful and difficult for Tom. It was easier to let him go because I would not have wanted him to suffer any longer.

      I'm very grateful our for 58 years together.

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  2. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss and your pain. I pray that you and your family and friends are comforted.

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    1. Thank you, TC. I can't say, "It's not right!", or "It's not fair!", because we all have to die sometime. We had 58 years together, more than many couples have. I'm sorry Tom's last weeks on earth were so very painful and difficult, but he's at peace now.

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  3. I am sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

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    1. My apologies; I thought I had added my name.
      Kaffyr

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    2. Kaffyr, thank you. Tom's memory is a blessing. There are many more good memories than bad memories, and I'm grateful.

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  4. So sorry for your loss. You were definitely blessed to have so many years together.

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  5. Thanks, Mellie. We were indeed blessed.

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  6. June, I envy your 58 years with Tom. I don't envy your loss. I mourn with you for it. Love, Sharon

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. Your love and concern are a great comfort. Love to you.

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  7. We lose the ones we love, but I have learned after loss that love lasts forever. My deepest sympathies to you and your family, June.

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    1. Thank you, robin andrea. I miss Tom, but I know that because I love him he lives in my hearts always. Give Roger a hug for me. Much love.

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