SEAL COVE – David Harland Butler passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 15, 2016, at Eastern Maine Medical Center with his family by his side. He was born in Seal Cove on July 11, 1949, the son of Harland S. Butler and Agnes M. Butler (Harley Dear and Aggie). David was one of 10 children raised on the Cape Road.
David worked for the Worcester family by his father’s side at a young age and then moved on to go shrimping. In his 20s, he worked for C.A. Lewis doing masonry work and later went on his own. He made many lifelong friends that he worked with over the years. He enjoyed gardening, playing cribbage, cookouts on the beach, and days at camp with his family. His eight grandchildren were his pride and joy. David was quite a character in his younger years and will be remembered most for his great sense of humor. He was a very generous person and was often helping someone facing hard times. He never moved far away from the hill he always considered home.
He and his wife, Sherri, were often seen holding the door open to welcome their friends, children, and grandchildren on “Papa’s Way.”
David is survived by his devoted wife, Sherri Butler, of Seal Cove, daughter Leslie Butler Gray and husband, Kenny, of Trenton, son Christopher David Harper and wife, Amy, of Seal Cove, daughter Stephanie Fountaine and husband, David, of Bar Harbor, daughter Tiffany Butler and partner, Jarred, of Bar Harbor, and son Lucas Butler and wife, Rachel, of Bar Harbor. Siblings; Carroll Butler and wife, Sue, Andrew Butler and wife, Doreen, and Mildred Butler of Seal Cove, Peter Butler of Hancock, Rose Sargent of Gouldsboro, and Molly Jones of Deer Isle. Grandchildren; Addison Harper and Silas Harper of Seal Cove, Emily Sawyer, Antonio Dorval, Wyatt Fountaine, Abigail Butler and Ivy Butler of Bar Harbor, and Jaymeson Gray of Trenton. He had a multitude of nieces and nephews that held a special place in his heart as well.
David was predeceased by both parents and three sisters; Minnie “Queenie” Butler Scott-Henderson, Gwendlyn “Gwennie” Butler and Yvonne “Bonnie” Butler Black.
At David’s request, the family will gather with friends at the Algerine Coast on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, to “Light up the Cape Road” with a candlelight vigil in his memory. We welcome anyone wishing to pay respects to join us from 7 to 8 pm. Please carpool, as we expect parking to be an issue.