Vincent Edward Butera, known to many as Jim, died March 12, 2015 at the age of 80, after a brief, but well fought illness. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Reva Carmella Mattay Butera and his four children: Todd Vincent Butera of New York, NY; Jason Edward Butera (Lisa) of Tallahassee, FL; Danielle Alexandra Butera Harris (Craig) of Williamsburg, Va; and Damian Alexander Butera of Naples, Fl. He is also survived by his 3 grandsons Joshua Edward Butera, Zachary John Butera and Hunter Greyson Harris, as well as his siblings Carl Butera and Eva Butera Perino, both of Jamestown, NY, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. And, last but not least, he is also survived by his beloved, diminutive doggie Taffy.
He was predeceased by his brother Charles Butera and 3 sisters, Josephine (JayBee) Butera Carlo, Joanne Butera Macaluso, Adeline Butera Matheis and his nephew Donald LaRock. Additionally, he was predeceased by his adoring pooch Poco.
He was born Vincenzo Eliero Butera the 16th of November 1934 in Jamestown, NY, the son of Gerlando and Teresa Marullo Butera, originally of Agrigento, Sicily. Shortly after graduating from Jamestown High School in 1953, he enlisted and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, becoming a court reporter, achieving the rank of sergeant E-4 upon his honorable discharge from service in 1961. Afterwards, he worked for the United States Postal Service and co-owned a service station, tinkering on cars, happily partaking of the handyman “take things apart, put them back together” side of his being, before moving his family to Naples in 1983, becoming a stay-at-home dad, never lamenting the absence–nor the inestimable joys–of lake-effect snow.
During his lifetime, Jim thoroughly enjoyed his 19 Cadillacs. He was fond of 50s rock n roll, Elvis, in particular, Patti Page, Hawaiian and Cajun music. With his eldest children, Todd and Jason, he learned to play clarinet, alto sax and the organ, the clarinet and organ also having been learned by his two youngest children Danielle and Damian in later years. And well worth reiterating, he loved, loved, loved his dog Taffy, who was there to help us to send him on to his next big adventure.
But what Jim will be remembered for the most is his lightning quick wit, his unwavering and contagious sense of humor. Jim was at his best conversing and joking with family and friends, even amusing perfect strangers, providing a chuckle for their day.
The family would like to thank, wholeheartedly, the doctors, nurses and staff at Naples Community Hospital, the Chateau at Moorings Park, Avidity Home Healthcare and Avow Hospice for taking very good care of him during his final weeks.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Vincent Edward Butera will be announced in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciatively requests donations be made to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in honor of his loving memory.
Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Cousin, Friend, Dog’s Best Friend…We are terribly heartbroken by your absence, but we are at peace knowing your pain and suffering are no longer. We all love you so very much, and we will forever miss you, though we know you will be with us always and we will be with you always.
Ciao, caro Vincenzo. Mille baci e abbracci. You are lovingly remembered. Rest peacefully….
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