Floyd Nelson Butterfield, of Winnipeg, Man., and formerly Chilliwack B.C., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Deer Lodge Centre, Winnipeg , at the age of 82.
Floyd was predeceased by his beloved wife Doris in 2001.
He will be missed, yet never forgotten, by his three sons David (Maureen), Garth (Nancy) and Donald (Joan) and by his grandchildren Adam, Gabriel, Sarah, Jasper, Chantel, Nicholas and Maia.
Floyd was a loving, kind and generous person whose life centred around his children, grandchildren and his faith. Floyd was baptized in the Community of Christ church, where he was a longstanding elder and priest. Floyd and Doris were dedicated to their community, opening their hearts and home to all.
He was born April 27, 1922 in New Westminister, B.C., the seventh of eight children born to Thomas and Mae Butterfield. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a Navigator in the 431 “Iroquois” Squadron.
Floyd graduated from UBC (1949) as a Chemical Engineer and prior to his retirement in Chilliwack, B.C. in 1985, was Plant Manager at J.R. Simplot Company’s fertilizer production facility in Brandon, Man. Floyd was one of the founding engineers of the Brandon facility that ushered in a new age of industrial development of Manitoba.
Floyd was also committed to his community dedicating his free time as a Boy Scout troop leader. Over 22 years, as wise Bagheera, he helped foster an appreciation for the wilderness in his sons and countless youths. He loved tending his bountiful B.C. garden and fruit trees and enjoyed downhill skiing.
A memorial service will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 9845 Carleton St. North, Chilliwack, B.C., on February 19, 2005 at 11 AM.