A Good Man – A Good Life
Alf passed gently into the night with family close by on March 23, 2009 at Chilliwack General Hospital. He was 94 years old, and will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched.
Born December 2, 1914, Alf was raised in Watrous, SK, where he met Dorothy – the love of his life. Married in 1936, they enjoyed the rare gift of 72 happy years together. They lived mainly at Humboldt and Waskesiu Lake, SK, Phoenix, AZ and most recently Chilliwack, BC.
Alf was a dynamic person, a force in his own way. He served as a mechanic and Flying Officer in WWII, later operating an air-ambulance service in rural SK. He was a partner in a number of businesses including the oldest GM Dealership in SK, a grain farmer, and among other things raced stock cars. He had a great passion for sport – especially Golf.
Alf was fun to be with, a people person who served in community leadership roles and who had many friends wherever he lived. He loved his family and had a wonderful zest for life, living it to the fullest.
Alf is survived by his cherished wife, Dorothy; daughter, Barbara and her husband Dick Bate; daughter-in-law, Sandee Butterley; his grandchildren: Scott (Val) Bate, Shaun (Anna) Bate, Suzanne Bate, Rhonda (Steve) Scholz, Lise (Glenn) Boughen; his eight great-grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Ferris, Glenn Ferris and family; niece, Catherine Butterley and family.
He was predeceased by his brothers Billy and Norman Butterley and his son Ron Butterley.
The family extends its heart-felt thanks for the dedication and professional care offered by Dr. Ken Harder and the staff of the Chilliwack General Hospital. Because of them, Alf was able to enjoy life to the end.
A service for Alf will be held at Henderson’s Funeral Home on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Chilliwack Hospital – Emergency Campaign, 45600 Menholm Road, Chilliwack, BC, V2P 1P7.
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