McCall Gardens

August 25, 1922 – May 23, 2009

James Butterfield, Master Mariner, slipped his cable and set sail from Victoria on Swiftsure Day, Saturday May 23, after a brief bout with cancer. He leaves his beloved wife Sybil in the 60th year of their marriage; sons Christopher (Merrie-Ellen), Philip (Tracy), Peter (Sarah), Benjamin (Anne); grandchildren Marco, Sarah, Oonagh, Rosanna, Claire, Harry, Julian, Felix, Robin and Marijn; brothers Philip (Jenifer), Aidan (Aileen), John Sebastian (Mary). He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Robin (1951), and daughter Joy (Stefano) in 2006.

James was born in Reno, Nevada on August 25, 1922, the first son of James Butterfield, of Vancouver, and Virginia (Tener), of Wheeling, West Virginia. He grew up in Vancouver and in Summerland, BC. He attended the Duncan Grammar School, and in 1936 went to Liverpool (UK) to train for three years as a cadet in the Merchant Navy training ship HMS Conway. On leaving the Conway he joined the Canadian Pacific Steamships – RMS Empress of Russia – and for two years sailed to the Far East from Vancouver. In 1942 he was Deck Officer in three Foreign Going merchant ships, the last of which SS Jasper Park was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean. He spent the next two years as Navigating Officer (RCN(R)) in HMCS North Bay on convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic. In 1945, he attended Trinity College, University of Toronto, where he met and fell in love with Sybil Agnew. They both graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1948, and James then returned to the Navy. After being commissioned as a Lieutenant in the RCN, he married Sybil in Kingston, Ontario in April, 1950. James served in Vancouver, Halifax, St. Jean, Halifax again, and Victoria; his last naval posting was as skipper of the training ketch HMCS Oriole. After retiring from the Navy in 1968, James served briefly in the Canadian Hydrographic Service, and then joined BC Ferries as Chief Officer, Master and then Senior Master. His last command was M/V Queen of the North, from which he retired in 1986. For some years afterwards he acted as Master of M/V Charlotte Princess for the summer, taking her on positioning cruises to the Queen Charlotte Islands; in this way he passed on his profound knowledge of the coast he loved to a younger generation.

James loved the sea and ships, books, poetry, music, dancing and friendship. He will be warmly remembered by his shipmates in the Company of Master Mariners; The Conway Association; The Thermopylae Club; The Naval Officers Association of Vancouver Island and by many friends up and down the West Coast, and around the world. He was contented and true-blue. His enthusiasm, love of life, and of people will forever be an inspiration to those who were fortunate to have known him. The family would like to thank Dr Cox, the staff at Victoria Hospice and Beacon Services for their care. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, on Saturday, June 13 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to the Mission to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Rd., Vancouver, BC, V6A 4G9

  • Thomas Goerz
    July 27, 2015

    Dear Butterfield family.

    In the early 1980’s I often stepped into the Butterfield home as one of a group of singers participating in CANADA OPERA PICCOLA, an opera training program. No one who spent an hour in that home can forget it – full of jokes, music, and dynamic people, none more dynamic than Captain James Butterfield. Our little opera troupe then had the privilege of a 36 hour cruise from Prince Rupert to Vancouver with James at the helm. He insisted that we sing 30 minutes of opera highlights in the ship’s lounge, where he had seen fit to install a piano. The loggers and miners on board weren’t too impressed with our classical tunes, but James was delighted, so much so that we were all hosted in the Captain’s cabin for drinks and dinner, compliments of the Captain. Son Benjamin is a colleague and friend. What marvellous memories. Blessings to the entire family! Thomas Goerz

  • Alastair Maxwell
    May 29, 2011

    It has been 2 years since Captain Butterfields passing, but to me it is today that it happened, today that I find out… my condolences. I served under him as a lowly catering attendant on A watch back in the early 80s….I look at his photo and instantly Im transported back to the day he dove from the bridge of the North, diving into the harbor in Port Hardy or Rupert and just blowing the crew all away with his moxie. I also remember how he shattered us all into stunned silence once during a lifeboat drill, just like the scene in the movie”the Dresser” when Albert Finney stops the train with his voice, Captain Butterfield was demonstrating how to use your voice to command silence and obedience in the event of an emergency. He definitely commanded obedience and respect, even without raising his voice.He is a memorable figure. I will not forget him.

    Alastair Maxwell

  • Debra (Debi) Cochran
    February 28, 2011

    I am so sad to only be finding out now of Captain Butterfields passing. He was a truly sweet man, and my father’s (Lee Cochran) captain with the BC ferries. He not only was his captain but his friend. I am comforted by the idea that he and my dad are up in heaven sharing old stories and laughs. Captain Butterfield in 1999 heard of my wedding and sent me a special letter and a card, he knew how I would be missing my father on that special day. I will never forget him for his kindness and when I was little letting me go on the bridge of the Queen of the North and blow the horn…..

    Debi Cochran

  • Penny Williamson
    June 13, 2009

    Dear Sybil and family,
    my sympathy to you all on the death of James. I haven’t seen you Sybil, since our trip home from Vancouver on the B.C. Ferry, when you so kindly offered me a ride home. This morning I spoke to Pat Harrison and he told me of James passing.

    When someone you love,
    Becomes a memory,
    The memory
    Becomes a treasure.

    Sincerely,
    Penny

  • David W.G. Mackenzie
    June 13, 2009

    To Sybil and the Butterfield Family:

    Please accept my condolence in respect of James’ final voyage.

    His was a long, full and accomplished life which somewhat mitigates our sadness at its inevitable conclusion.

    What I will always remember about James was his utter cheerfulness in the face of everything. He was a truly jolly, kind and gentle fellow. Even when he was in a disapproving mood or taking a dim view of the world he managed to kept his good temper and sense of humour. I never observed him otherwise.

    He will be greatly missed along with the cohort of his generation who have made or are about to make their last sail past.

    Sincerely,

    David W.G. Mackenzie

  • Connie Channon Douglass
    June 13, 2009

    Dear Sybil, I am devestated to think that Death claimed James after that wretched business with Joy. The Butterfield family is always in my heart and head and I hope you are “bearing up under the strain”. I know what the death of a beloved partner can do to a person. Be strong and remember that he loved you and the family like no one else I ever knew.

    Love ya

    Connie

  • Patrick Harrison
    June 12, 2009

    So very sorry to hear about James. It was my pleasure to know him. All my best to the family. Ian and Linda will be attending the funeral on my behalf. Love, Pat

  • Gareth Eldridge CDR retired RCN/CAF
    June 12, 2009

    Sybil and family,
    I am so sad to learn of the passing of Jim. As my captain back in 1960 in HMCS Fundy his superb knowledge of seamanship and advice to me in matters of leadership served me well in my many years in the navy. A great gentleman who will be sorely missed by many.
    Gareth

  • Rasma Bertz
    June 12, 2009

    While Sybil is said to be the grand matriarch of many musical circles in Victoria, James was always the face of humour and encouragement for many of us who grew up singing there during the 70s, 80s and 90s. And the life of the after parties!

    I will miss James’ face in my future audiences, but am grateful for the opportunity to sing for him one last time at the memorial.

    Much love to Sybil, Ben and the rest of the family. Rasma

  • Laurinda Beimers (nee Williamson)
    June 10, 2009

    Dear Christopher and Ben,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please share my condolences with your Mother and the rest of your family. May you know comfort and peace with his passing. My prayers are with you.

    Laurinda

  • Commander Jeff Agnew
    June 8, 2009

    Dear Sybil and family,
    Jolly Uncle James! That is what my siblings and I called James. He was indeed the most jolly of fellows. As kids growing up he used to regale us with stories of the sea, his travels, his beloved family, all the while making humourous jokes and keeping us all fully engaged. Perhaps entranced is a better description.
    I remember his head stands and magic tricks. But most of all, as I grew a little older, I treasured our endless hours of conversation about the sea and life in general. His perspective on any topic was always very enlightening. The credo he always shared with me was, “You know, you only go around the bouy once in life, so you better make the best of it.”
    James, Jolly Uncle James, will be sadly missed by all. Please accept the most heart felt of condolences from the Agnews…Jeffrey, Jane, Barbara and Robert.
    Cheers, Jeff

  • Letty Snethen
    June 6, 2009

    My sincere condolences to Mrs. Butterfield and family on the death of Captain Butterfield. I have fond memories of staying at the Butterfield home in the early 1980s when I was in rehearsals preparing to tour with Opera Piccola. I also had the privilege of sailing on the Queen of the North from Prince Rupert to Victoria with Captain Butterfield at the helm. He invited our group to have dinner with him in the Captain’s Diningroom. However, before dinner, the ship passed through a section of open water and many of us became desperately seasick. Captain Butterfield assured us this would pass and we would be “just fine” by dinnertime. He was absolutely correct! We enjoyed a delightful evening with stories of his trips up and down BC’s coast. He was a true gentleman.

  • Mike and Janice Maxwell
    June 6, 2009

    Benjamin and family,

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father.

    May all your fond memories carry you through this difficult time.

    Janice and Mike.

  • Bruce McKinnon
    June 6, 2009

    Dear Philip,

    I note with sadness the passing of your father.

    Please accept my condolences – to you and your family.

    With love and care,
    Bruce McKinnon

  • Geoff and Elaine Castle
    June 6, 2009

    It was an honour to have known James for more than a quarter century. We shall miss his unique sense of humour and philosophical views on life.
    Our thoughts are with you Sybil and your family.

    With loving memories from us all,
    Geoff, Elaine, Susan and Stephen

  • Kris Andrews
    June 5, 2009

    Dear Sybil and family, I was very saddened to learn of Jim’s passing from my sister Mary Andrews of Victoria. Jim and my Dad, Gerry Andrews enjoyed great times together over the years and we are very appreciative of the kindness that you and Jim extended to Dad in his latter years. Jim lived an exemplary life and lived it with gusto.
    My thoughts are with you all as you say good bye to a great husband, father and friend.
    Kris Andrews.

  • Matthew Howe
    June 4, 2009

    Dear Ben, Sybil and Butterfield Family: I was so sad to read the news about James. Please know that I am thinking of you all and wish you the very best in this difficult time. My parents also asked me to pass on their thoughts and prayers. They will be reaching their 60th wedding anniversay as you Sybil and James were about to.

    Love to you all,

    Matthew

  • Diana Life
    June 3, 2009

    Christopher, Merrie-Ellen, Claire and Julian, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father, father-in-law and grandfather. I hope that the memories you have will keep him ever present in your lives. Diana

  • Andy Logan
    June 3, 2009

    To Sybil and Family,
    I was very sad to hear that Jim had “crossed the bar”
    I had the pleasure of working opposite Jim on the ‘North’ and later enjoying hisnautical fellowship at Tony Winstanley’s do’s. He was such fine and and honourable master mariner. He looked so smart and professional in uniform with his ribbons etc.

    Home is the sailor
    Home from the sea
    And the hunter home from the hill
    RLStevenson

  • Peter Birch-Jones
    June 2, 2009

    Dear Sybil and Family,

    I read with great sorrow the news of Jimmy’s passing. Like Sonia, he seems to have left us quite suddenly from cancer. It was the suddenness of Sonia’s passing that I found the hardest to bear.

    As you may remember, Jimmy and I had some great conversations in the later years of his life, and I am glad that I shared those times with him. Please accept my deepest sympathies for you and your talented family. My best wishes and if you come up this way, I would be delighted to see you.

    Fondest regards

    Cdr. (R) Peter Birch-Jones
    Qulaicum Beach

  • Dr T Rodney H Box
    June 2, 2009

    Sybil and family,
    I noted Jim’s passing with much sadness. He was a true gentleman.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    B

  • Bill and Wendy Brown
    June 1, 2009

    Sybil and family,
    Wendy and I were saddened to read that James had passed away. We were pleased to get to know you both when we were living across the street on Waterloo. We remember also a night with Richard and Jane Usher and the two seamen exchanging stories together.
    Please also accept condolences from my sister, Carolyn who lives in Vancouver. I am sending a copy of the obituary today.
    No reply necessary.
    Bill and Wendy Brown

  • wallace henderson young
    June 1, 2009

    I worked with Captain Butterfield one Summer Season onboard the Queen of Prince Rupert. I still remember his wonderful slide show and talks of his trip to the Antartic onboard the ferry. A most enjoyable Summer Season with Captain Butterfield. I later had the pleasure of working with Captain Butterfield on the BC Maritime Museum project when BC Ferries put on their permanent displays. My condolances to all the family. Wally Young, Chief Steward (retired) Queen of Alberni, Route 30.

  • Eric Bramble
    June 1, 2009

    To the family and Christopher and Benjamin in particluar. My wife Fiona and I still laugh about the time we met your mum and dad at your cousin Kates wedding in Vancouver. Even though the room was filled with young hot people with lots going on your dads tales had us riveted to our seats ignoring the festivities at hand. Our condolences for your loss and I hope you carry fond memories of him always. Eric and Fiona Bramble.

  • Bill Wheeler Jr.
    June 1, 2009

    I first met Jim when he was First Lieutenant on HMCS Crusader.I was 15 at the time and on board as a guest on a cruise to Bermuda. Lucky me. My father, Bill Wheeler was navigator onboard.
    I was very impressed with Jim’s power of command on board; firm but fair. He very nice to me in the wardroom and took the time from his busy schedule to explain various operations.
    I was sorry to hear of his passing an offer my deepest condolences.

    With sincere sympathy,
    Bill Wheeler

    Bill

  • Chris Pratt
    June 1, 2009

    My dear Sybil and Family,
    My deep sympathy and understanding go out to you as James sets sail on his final voyage. You will miss him greatly, his generous nature and his unfailing supply of enthusiastic goodwill. And so shall I.
    No doubt, considering the many and varied talents that he and you, Sybil, have bestowed upon your family, James’ fine qualities will live on long after him.
    Farewell, old friend….Chris

  • wallace henderson young
    June 1, 2009

    My condolences to all the family. I worked with Captain Butterfiled onboard the” Queen of Prince Rupert”. One of the most enjoyable Summers that I had. Captain Butterfield presented a slide show of his to to the Antarticia. I never have forgot that slide show and his talk onboard the ferry to all crew members.
    I later worked with Captain Butterfield on the Maritime Museum project here in Victoria for the BCFerries display at the Museum. What a pleasure to have know Captain Butterfiled. My best wishes to all the family. Wallace Young, Chief Steward, Rt 30, Queen of Alberni, Duke Point, Retired.in 2000. Thank you.

  • Karen Davies
    June 1, 2009

    Dear Sybil,Benjimin and the rest of the Butterfield family;
    It still seems like yesterday that we were all neighbors on Waterloo Rd. My sincerest condolences, Jim was a great neighbor, had a wonderful sense of humour and was a great story teller.
    I will never forget the ferry trip to Prince Rupert on the Queen of the North with Jim as Captain, not only did he give me a tour of the Bridge I got to sit at the Captains table for dinner!
    You are all in my thoughts at this incredibly sad time!
    Karen K Davies

  • Michael Chadwick
    June 1, 2009

    Dear Sybil and family,
    We are very sorry to hear the sad news. You and Jim were close friends of both our parents. We greatly appreciated your warm and strong support throughout our parents lives and at the time when they passed away.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Michael Chadwick

  • Roderic Owen-Flood
    May 31, 2009

    Fond memories from growing up with Peter, my thoughts are with all of you.
    Rod Owen-Flood

  • David & Bev Grubb
    May 31, 2009

    Dear Sybil and Family:

    Our sincere sympathy in the loss of James. We hope that you have many happy memories of the years you shared.

    David & Bev Grubb

  • Peter & Jane Lewis
    May 31, 2009

    Dear Sybil, We extend our sympathy to you on the death of James. We well remember your thoughtfulness when we first moved to Victoria, now 25 years ago.and the times since when our paths have crossed.
    I still remember the party at Joan’s home on Rockland when Jim lead us all in a rolicking sing song !!
    Our condolences too ,to your sons and their families
    Love Peter and Jane

  • Brian Luxton
    May 31, 2009

    I am very sad to here about Jim, we worked together on the Prince Rupert and the Queen of the North for a lot of years and were good friends. He was very creative and always liked a good story as well as a real good laugh. He was always very professional and I always liked being on the same watch, he would never question your judgement and always had your back. He was a real great guy, and I sure am sorry for your loss.
    PS I will never forget him doing a back flip for the guys on the Rupert one night, like I said an amazing guy.

    Thank You
    Brian Luxton

  • John Moyes
    May 31, 2009

    Chris Justice phoned to say that James had passed away in Victoria on May 23rd. At the Wednesday A.G.M. of the Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club, I advised members of the sad news that James had “crossed the bar” and we held a minutes silence in his honour.

    Many of our members met James during his work with the ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ celebrations in St. John’s, Derry and Halifax, and all who knew him remember his courage, unfailing good humour and enthusiastic singing voice.

    My wife Magda and I enjoyed James’ visit to St. John’s and our home during the ‘Corvette’s Wake’ in February 2007, and it was a thrill for me to spend an evening with you both later on that year at your home in Victoria. James was in great form – an unforgettable evening.

    Our sympathy goes out to you Sybil and all your family. The Canadian Naval community is a sadder place for his departure.

    Yours Aye,
    John Moyes, Past President
    Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club
    St. John’s, Newfoundland

  • Doris Macknight
    May 31, 2009

    Dear Sybil,

    I was so sorry to hear of James’ death. I send my sincerest sympathy to you and your family.

    With love,
    Doris

  • Gayle LeBlanc (Meek)
    May 30, 2009

    To Philip & Tracy
    I am sorry to read of your fathers passing. I think about you two and the girls often. When the time is right I would love to hear from you. My love to you and your family at this difficult time.

  • David MacIntyre
    May 30, 2009

    My sincere condolences to Sybil, her children and grandchildren on the passing of the extraordinary James Butterfield. I remember a man of great curiosity and kindness; full of invigorating engagement with life. His infectious laughter still rings in my ears.

    Back in ’73, when I first started visiting the Butterfield house, I was amazed at the energy (intellectual and otherwise), artistic bounty and the sheer number of people that were scrambling around the house on any given day. On the kitchen board was a simple hand-written sign: “The key to success: Get up, get ready, go!”

    My love and prayers are with you all.

    David MacIntyre

  • Bobbie and Terry Elworthy
    May 30, 2009

    Dear Sybil and Family:

    Terry and I share your sorrow. Jim was a wonderful friend and shipmate. The friendship between Terry and Jim was kindled some 68 years ago when they were cadets on the Empress Liners. They first met in Freetown, Sierra Leone when Jim was aboard the Empress of Russia and Terry aboard the Empress of Canada during the war. We will miss him – he is gone but the memories remain.

    Warm regards

    Bobbie and Terry Elworthy

  • Margaret Melling
    May 30, 2009

    Mrs. Butterfield, I was so saddened to read of your husband’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with him when the two of you would come to see me. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Susann
    May 30, 2009

    I’m so sorry to hear of Captain Butterfield’s passing. He was a lovely man. I met James a few times many years ago at Saturna Island’s lamb BBQ. I’ll never forget our conversations. We had a mutual love of ships and navigating the coast of BC. He was warm, encouraging and funny. Such a loss for his family , the community of Victoria and the company of devoted sailors who knew him across Canada.
    “O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done, the ship has weathered every rock, the prize we sought is won, the port is near, the bells i hear, the people all exulting.”
    Walt Whitman
    Goodbye Cap, you were well loved and will be sorely missed.
    Susann Hunt
    Navigating Officer CCG
    Saturna Island

  • Ronald Rompkey
    May 30, 2009

    Dear Sibyl:

    Imagine my surprise when I got off the plane from Europe on Friday and read about Jim’s passing in the Globe & Mail. I was very sad to have the news, having enjoyed his humour and camaraderie over the years. Please accept my condolences and pass them along to the boys.

    With best wishes, Ron Rompkey

  • Robert (Bob) Douglas
    May 29, 2009

    My wife (Lynn) and I were saddened to learn of Jims passing. It was 29 years ago today that the Queen of the North left Tsawwassen Terminal bound for Prince Rupert. This was the inaugural trip for the ship on the northern run. Jim was the Captain and I was the Chief Engineer. I worked with Jim for a number of years, a finer Captain and person you could not find. Please accept our condolences, we will miss him very much.

    Bob Douglas

  • Nick Dykstra. Maria Logan.
    May 29, 2009

    Captain Butterfield was without any doubt , our Most favourite Master ..
    And our heartfelt condolences in this difficult time.
    Our Prayers are with you..

  • Anton Kuerti
    May 29, 2009

    Victoria will never be the same. What a remarkable and unique spirit he was, with his sharp but ever so friendly eyes, his warm and vivid way of speaking, and his broad interest in so many aspects of life. I am deeply saddened by this news, and will miss him ever so much.

  • Frances Montgomery
    May 29, 2009

    Dear Sybil,
    I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    James and my husband, James, trained on the HMS Conway at the same time. What stories they had to tell!
    I remember them meeting again when they both worked as captains on the B.C. Ferries.
    It was so kind of James to attend my husbands’ funeral in 1979.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Frances Montgomery

  • John and Gabrielle Goudy
    May 29, 2009

    Sybil and family,

    We are saddened to see that James has sailed away. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Ian and Margot Reid
    May 29, 2009

    Dear Sybil:
    Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time – thinking of you and yours,
    Affectionately,
    Ian and Margot

  • Lorna Boag
    May 29, 2009

    Dear Sybil,
    I was so sorry to hear of James’ death and send my
    heartfelt sympathy. I remember with so much pleasure times
    in Kingston and Montreal and Kingston again.
    My condolences to you and your family,
    With fond regards,
    Lorna

  • Norma Tener
    May 29, 2009

    With happy memories of the great pleasure young Jim’s appearances always brought his cousins, and commiseration for the great sorrow of his family at this time.

    Norma Tener

  • Philippa Lloyd Borgal
    May 29, 2009

    I have very fond memories of my first meeting with James when the Butterfields warmly invited me to join them for my first Christmas in Canada as a new immigrant (1972). Many a night we stayed up until the wee hours while one or other of the menfolk played and sang – with James doing a wonderful Noel Coward impersonation. My family and Sybil’s have been linked for 3 generations (in Kingston, Cambridge UK, and Montreal) and I remember with affection Kim, Tig and Peter. On behalf of my family, I send condolences to you all.

  • Elizabeth Gaunt
    May 29, 2009

    Dear Sybil & family,

    I am so sorry for your loss of such a dynamic, yet gentle, man. I will always think of the many parties at Mum & Dad’s (Pam & Skinny Hayes’) where Jimmy would delight and entertain us with his many talents, including standing on his head as I recall! His love of life was contagious.

    Please know that you are in my prayers.

    Liz Gaunt (nee Hayes)

  • George and Higge Baker
    May 29, 2009

    Dear Sybil and Family

    We were saddened to read the news of Captain James’ “sailing.
    Our sincerest condolences.

    My fondest memory of James revolved around our mutual love of “Ocean Liners”. On meeting James I had mentioned this; in no time I was invited for lunch to continue our conversation. Imagine my delight when lunch turned out to be a full slide presentation and personal commentary on the history of ocean liners.

    What a charmer! It was a day I will never forget.

    Affectionately

    George and Higge Baker

  • Gregory Hartnell
    May 29, 2009

    My prayers go out to Mrs. Butterfield and to the whole Butterfield family. God bless.

  • Patrick MacKinnon. Lt(N) ret'd.
    May 29, 2009

    I was much saddened to read of the passing of James. I sailed with him in HMCS Provider where he was XO. A born sailor; I hope Jimmy never lost his youthful enthusiasm for all things nautical
    nor his delightful sense of humour. He usually kept the wardroom
    in an uproar.
    A true Officer and gentleman. Long may his big jib draw.
    My deepest condolences to his family.

  • Vice Admiral A. Bruce Donaldson
    May 29, 2009

    Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of your father. I met him a few years ago when I was Fleet Commander on the West Coast.
    ABD

  • Margery Littley
    May 28, 2009

    I remember Sybil attributing Benjamin’s flair for the dramatic to James gathering the family around the piano and hamming up Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. She felt that James’ great sense of fun rubbed off on his gifted singer-sons.
    The Butterflields have left a significant legacy in the musical circles of Victoria.

  • Michael Poole
    May 26, 2009

    Dear Sybil and Family,
    It is with great sadness that I learned of Jim’s passing.
    He was a true gentleman and as such had much to offer to us, the younger generation. How I loved to hear his voice when it rose to tell a tale of the sea or of the outrages of modern life.
    Regards,
    Michael (in Taiwan)

  • Sheila Longton
    May 26, 2009

    Dear Sybil,
    Our hearts go out to you. James was a favourite of ours, always so cheerful, a delight to engage with at every concert and whenever we were guests in your home. His unbridled enthusiasm for young performers did not go unnoticed and was, I know, always appreciated.
    James will be sorely, sorely missed.
    Our deepest condolences to you, Sybil. James was a gem.
    Love,
    Sheila

  • Ann Carpenter
    May 26, 2009

    The ‘Jimmy Butterfield’ stories along the west coast are legion, and he will be greatly missed. It’s somehow fitting that he left this world on Swiftsure weekend – yet another of the Butterfield milestones. My sincere condolences to all the family. He was a remarkable man.

    Ann

  • Malcolm Clark
    May 26, 2009

    Jim will be sadly missed by his fellow shipmates

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