Andy (Ernest Andrew) Butler passed away peacefully at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in Nanaimo surrounded by family and loved ones on Monday, December 31st, 2018.
Andy lived a life full of adventure and passion, he embraced life with positivity and viewed the world as a colourful canvas which he created through his many adventures and shared through his many stories. Those stories involved his love and passion for travel, nature, horse racing and spending time with his dear furry family (Jude, Koda and Drivin’ that Train). Andy has come full circle living with a chronic illness and his ability to touch so many in his genuine, unique way. We are all better for having known him.
Andy is lovingly remembered by his wife Carol Ranger, brother John Butler (Lynn), sister Catherine Shaw (John), special aunt Imelda Clory, father-in-law Al Ranger and sisters-in-law Pat (Scott), Shelley (Chris) and Lynn (Tim). Andy also enjoyed spending time with family and friends on both coasts, especially his nieces and nephews Steven, Brandon, Ryan, Kevin, Andrew, Owen, Nicole, Laura, Sarah and Lindsay. Andy had many cousins and numerous friends who are considered an extension of his family that he cherished dearly.
Andy was predeceased by his loving parents John and Teresa Butler (nee Rossiter),his loving sister Sheila Vaive (nee Butler) and loving mother in law Elaine Ranger (nee Houser).
On behalf of Andy, the family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the people who have provided healthcare and support over the years. Most recently especially to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit, Kidney Care Clinic and Drs. Glick, Tram and Bauer.
Andy, Carol and his family are grateful to the many friends and relatives who have helped support him with meals, transport, visits, emails, phone calls and many beautiful messages. Your love, support and friendship are very much appreciated and brought smiles to Andy and Carol’s faces.
“It’s so sad that you had to go, your leaving caused such pain but you were so very special and earth’s loss is heaven’s gain”
Donations can be made in Andy’s name to the Kidney Foundation of Canada (www.kidney.ca) or SPCA.
There will be a memorial service celebrating Andy on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. at 5 pm and another celebration of life for Andy will be held in PEI at a later date. (Date to be determined).