Gary J. Butler
Plattsburgh Sports won't be the same; Gary J. Butler, 79, of Beekman Street, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at his home surrounded by the love of his family.
Born in Plattsburgh on July 30, 1940, the son of Wilfred and Blanche (Recore) Butler.
Gary was a graduate of MAI, and received his master's degree from Plattsburgh State. Gary was a Guidance Counselor and Coach for many years at Beekmantown High School, coaching baseball and football. He also coached baseball for the Post 20 team and lead them to a State Championship in 1968, and was a volunteer coach with the Plattsburgh State Cardinals until the time of his death.
He was a proud member of The Plattsburgh State Alumni Association, Plattsburgh State Baseball, Plattsburgh State Hall of Fame, New York State Teachers Association, and Basketball Referee Association.
He loved his sports and scouted for the Pirates, Mets and Expos Baseball teams. He was an avid New York Giants, Yankee and Notre Dame football fan. In Gary's spare time he enjoyed playing golf with his friends and watching local kids play sports.
Gary, known as Gramps, loved spending his free time with his grandchildren. He also was the unofficial president of the Breakfast Club, enjoying time spent with his buddies.
Our beloved Gary, Dad and Gramps leaves behind the love of his life: Mary Benjamin Krakowski of Plattsburgh; Proud children, son John (Lori) Butler; daughters, Elizabeth (Walter) Haig, Julie (Brian) Ferdinand; Beth (Michael) Shaughnessy, Tammy (Sam) Shastri; brother Phil Butler; son-in-law Gerry Gauer; sister-in-law, Jan Butler. Gramps to Emily and Julia Haig, Andrew and Jackqueline Butler, Evan, Aiden, Addison and Samantha Gauer, Evan Ferdinand, Patrick (Marianne) Shaughnessy and Devan Shastri; great-grandchildren, Emma and Benjamin Shaughnessy; a niece and two nephews, and so many dear friends.
Gary was predeceased by his parents, and brother Larry Butler.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at a later date at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh. The family will announce the time as soon as we know. Entombment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.
The Family would like to thank Dr. Duus, Dr. Vaccaro and their nurses for the care he received, the Community Hospice and all of the people who reached out to us in this difficult time.
Donations may be made to the FitzPatrick Cancer Center, Plattsburgh State Baseball, Hospice of the North Country, Beekmantown Central School Athletics.
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Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh.
Published on March 25, 2020


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Randy Houle
Apr 03, 2020
Mr. Butler, I can only say he was a very special man one I will miss dearly, rest peacefully Sir.
Jean Perillo-Roman
Apr 03, 2020
I am very sorry for the loss of your father, Beth and Julie and John. Gary was a fine man and he loved his children dearly. He was proud of each of you and happy to have you close by.
Shari (Jubert) Rabideau
Mar 31, 2020
Gary was a very kind man and wonderful father. I have fond memories growing up down the street from him and his beautiful family. All very kind and and gentle people. My heart goes out to you all during this time and you’re in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bring healing over time.
Teresa Landry
Mar 28, 2020
Gary Butler made a difference in my life. I will always remember him fondly from my years at Beekmantown. My deepest condolences to his family. He was a good man.
Claudia Hornby
Mar 28, 2020
News of Gary's passing has made my heart hurt. He was such a kind and dedicated gentleman. He was always ready to listen and help in any situation. To his beloved family and yo all who cherished his friendship and support I offer my sincere condolences and prayers. May all the good memories comfort you in this sad time.
Jim Miller
Mar 28, 2020
We lost a great coach and friend. He was my favorite teacher as a kid growing up, my thoughts and prayers are with the Butler family. You will be missed very much my friend, RIP and God bless
Thomas Kilroy
Mar 27, 2020
gary was a classmate and a fraternity brother and a fellow athlete. the last time i saw him was in Target many months ago. we shared many a laugh, beer and other good times. my condolences to the family. tom class of 1964.
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Mar 27, 2020
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Mike Williams
Mar 27, 2020
My love to the Butler family. Gary was a figure in my life from two vantage points. He was part of the North Country coaching brotherhood with my dad, John Williams. And I spent time rotating between the Daugherty and Butler household as a teen during my high school years. He was always kind and caring, a person who had a positive influence on my life. Giving thanks for his life today.
Michael James & Alice Carr
Mar 27, 2020
" Eagle Pride ! "
Ken Kesterman
Mar 27, 2020
I first met Gary at a game in the old bailey ave field. 1960 something ? Our friendship has been everlasting. I always looked forward to seeing him.Gary, with out a doubt,set the mark as to what a coach,official athlete friend and leader is ! RIP Coach.our prayers are with you and yours.