(The Fisherman's Advocate, February 5, 1954, page 9)
On the morning of Jan. 11th, following a short illness the soul of James Butler passed peaacefully into rest. Deceased was in his 57th year being born in Port Rexton, son of the late Thomas and Mary Ann Butler.
The late Mr. Butler resided at St. John's for a number of years and later carried on a business for awhile at Ireland's Eye; he was later employed as a sailor on the coastal boat S. S. Glencoe and the past two or three yeaars he followed the trade of sailor on the Lake Boats on the mainland. The deceased an active member of the church and social organizations of Port Rexton, being a Past Master of the S.U.F., Past Master of the L.O.A. and Past President of the Blackledge Club. He was also lay reader for the past six months at Christ Church as well as a member of the choir. on Jan. 13 following a service at the home the funeral proceeded to Christ Church where the funeral service was conducted by Rev. A. E. Bennett. Interment was in the cemetery on the hill overlooking his native town.
The funeral was largely attended with the S.U.F., L.O.A., and L.O.B.A. in attendance.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Butler, and one brother George residing at Port Rexton, one sister, Mrs. Bernard Spence in Ansville Ont., tahree step sisters, Mrs. Henry F. Kind and Mrs. Amy Clarke in St. John's; Mrs. Annie Walters of Ansville Ont., and one step borhter Alfred of Toronto. To all this column extends deepest sympathy.