Burt F. Butterfield


FARMINGTON – Burt Franklin Butterfield, 79, of Chesterville, died Monday, May 1, at Franklin Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

He was born, Nov. 29, 1926, in Chesterville, the seventh of 11 children to Merwyn L. and Effie (Day) Butterfield. He was educated in Chesterville schools and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He worked on his family farm, in the woods lumbering, manufacturing submarine nets in Jay, at the tannery in East Wilton, Lloyd Pratt John Deere in Farmington, as a hydraulic mechanic and road foreman for the town of Chesterville.

He was the first to enlist in the Falls Fire Co. and was still the acting president at the time of his death. He was a member of the Masons, American Legion, Eastern Star and an active member and president of the Chesterville Hill Cemetery Association.

In his youth, he pitched for Cash Clark’s Farmington Flyers. He loved cooking and catering many public and benefit suppers and also for the 120 Club. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in his youth and was active in coaching little league baseball. He later enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife, Genella.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Genella Moore Butterfield of Chesterville; two sisters, Margaret Everett of Farmington and Minnie McCormick and her husband, George, of Dover-Foxcroft; two special nephews, Allen Butterfield and his wife, Dory, of Jay and Jeff Whittier and his wife, Cindy, of Chesterville; a stepdaughter, Sherry Woodcock and her husband, Bernie, of Leeds; former stepdaughter-in-law, Carol Taylor and her husband, Brian, of Farmington; stepson, Peter Durrell and his wife, Debra, of Farmington; stepdaughter, Terry Lawrence and her husband, Leonard, of Farmington; step-grandchildren, Heather and Hannah Durrell of Farmington; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; five brothers, Dana, Leslie, Philip, Robert and Melvin; three sisters, Doris Davis, Nathalie Robbins and Erna Sawyer; his first wife, Audrey Lilley.