Raymond Butterfield II
Raymond Butterfield II, 70, of Cranston passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 25 at his home after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Eileen (Walsh) Butterfield. Born January 17, 1945 in Providence, Rhode Island he was the only child of the late Raymond and Alice A. (Beaudreau) Butterfield. Ray was a proud Cranston resident all of his life, attending Valentine Almy, Eden Park, and Park View Schools ultimately graduating from Cranston High School East in 1964. He the then served in the United States Navy as a Machinist Mate on the USS Brownson for four years until 1968. Upon returning home from his military service, he attended the New England Institute of Anatomy and Mortuary Science in Boston, Massachusetts. He successfully completed his degree and National Board Examinations in Funeral Service to begin his career in his family’s business established by his father and mother The Butterfield Home and Chapel. Ray honorably and compassionately served thousands of families and friends during the most difficult times in their lives for over 40 years. He served as a Funeral Director/Embalmer, Owner and President. Ray loved spending time on the water cruising or fishing both in and offshore with his family and friends on his boat Wake and later the Wake II. For over 35 years he participated in the Rhode Island Tuna Tournament and US Atlantic Tuna Tournaments, as well as the Block Island Billfish Tournament where he served on the Tournament Organizational Committee and as the Tournament Weighmaster. Ray also had an unparalleled dedication to The Rotary Club of Cranston where he became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2008 and recently received special recognition as he maintained perfect weekly attendance in Rotary International for 35 consecutive years beginning in 1980 until his passing. He proudly served Boy Scout Troop 66 Garden City in Cranston as the Troop’s Chartered Organizational Representative for over 30 years. He was also a member of the East Greenwich Yacht Club, American Legion Auburn Post #20, East Greenwich Fireman's Club, Little Rhody Pontiac Chapter, Auburn Library Club, Cranston Council Knight of Columbus #1738, the Rhode Island and National Funeral Directors Associations, and was a former member of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association. Besides his wife Eileen, he is survived by his son Raymond III and his wife Laura, daughters Michelle Butterfield-Franco and her companion Maurice Fontaine, Suzanne Chase and her husband Dale. He was the cherished grandfather of Emily, Raymond IV, Natalie, Matthew, CJ, Brandon, and Ryan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 2nd at 10:00am in St. Matthews Church (corner of Park and Elmwood Avenues) in Cranston. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery in North Kingstown. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 12:00 noon until 4:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. In lieu of flowers donations in Ray’s memory to The Rotary Club of Cranston PO Box 3723 Cranston, Rhode Island 02910 would be appreciated.
Barbara and Ed Allard - 01/27/2015
So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. What a wonderful person he was. He will be missed by many.
Jackie and David Hersey - 01/27/2015
Dear Eileen and family, we are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was a good, kind man and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Donna, Dan, and Karen Kugler - 01/27/2015
Eileen, Ray, Michelle, Suzanne, and families We are sorry to hear of Ray's passing. We send our thoughts and prayers to all of you at this difficult time.
Ana and Dan - 01/27/2015
Dear Eileen and family, We are deeply saddened by Ray's Passing. We will always remember him with great fondness and feel very lucky that we had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a super guy....
Marcel D'Auteuil - 01/28/2015
Eileen, Ray Jr. and family. So sorry to hear about Ray Sr's passing. He will be missed by all in Rotary Club of Cranston. May he rest in peace. God's peace be with you.
Kara Geoghegan Denizard - 01/28/2015
Mrs. Butterfield, Ray and Family, Michelle and Family, Suzanne and Family, we are at a loss for words. Mr. Butterfield and your family have been part of our family literally, for generations. Mr. Butterfield is a legacy and will continue to be. I wish I could be there. Sue- my heart is breaking for you and I wish I was there. All my love and condolences. Kara
Gloria Cassidy - 01/28/2015
Eileen and family, never have I met a more compassionate and giving man. I am so sad to hear of Ray's passing. He will be missed by all of us at Rotary. I hope all of the wonderful memories of him will comfort you. He loved his family so much and he adored his grandchildren. RIP, Ray.
Bill & Barbara Staveley - 01/28/2015
Dear Eileen & Family. So sorry to hear of Rays passing...He was always so compassionate and such a great person ...He will be greatly missed by all....
Charlie Coelho - 01/28/2015
I am deeply sorry for loss. Ray was a real friend and true gentleman.
Sincerely, Charlie Coelho
Lisa Milson - 01/28/2015
Mr. Butterfield will always be remembered as a true gentleman with a great sense of humor! I will always remember the candy that was offered to me when I would go upstairs at the Funeral Home with my Nana! Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers Love, The Milson's
Mark Russell - 01/28/2015
My sympathies to all of Ray's family. He represented the funeral business in a great way. I will be away for the services but will be thinking of you and the great legacy he left as a funeral director
Ray and Brenda crossman - 01/28/2015
Our sympathy to you, Eileen, and Raymond, Michelle, Suzanne and their families, and to all of Rays many, many friends, us included. We have lost a beautiful man. Glad he was a part of our lives. You are in our prayers. Will cherish our last conversation with Ray. Will miss him. Love Ray and Brenda
Peter Milton & Family - 01/28/2015
Ray was a dear friend and just a wonderful person. Ray was one of the best. We will look back with fondness on all our times together. We will miss him. My sympathies to the entire Butterfield family.
Cezar Ferreira - 01/28/2015
I offer my condolences to you Eileen and Raymond as well as to the rest of your family, on the passing of Ray. I know Ray took pride in being a Rotarian as a member of the Cranston Rotary Club. I will miss him as he usually sat across from me at the table.
Michael & Marilyn Smith amd family - 01/28/2015
Eileen, Ray III and family,
Our hearts go out to you. We will see you Sunday.
Michael, Adam and Marilyn Smith
Ron Miller & Renee Darling - 01/28/2015
To the entire Butterfield family, we are very sorry to hear of the loss of a man who seemed to be a fine gentleman and very caring funeral director. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ron & Renee,
Fournier & Fournier
Sabrina (Proulx) Apczynski - 01/28/2015
Ray was the epitome of sunshine and light. He brought warmth to anyone who ever had the good fortune to be near him. He was so kind to us when we lost Mom. I like to think they are hanging together now. My heart breaks with you Eileen & co.
Gone way too soon, like most of the good ones are.
With so much love,
Bob Murray - 01/28/2015
Eileen, Ray and Family please accept my family's sincere condolences as well as everybody at Taft & McSally. What a wonderful gentle soul who comforted so many in their hours of personal grief and challenge. A true gift to our community.
Barbara Rosenfield Bartel - 01/28/15 - 01/29/2015
My sincere condolences to Eileen and their entire family. My family grew up on Potter Street, a block from the Butterfields, and I have many childhood memories of playing together. Part of the time when Ray was in the Navy, he was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Station, and he spent many weekends with our family, then living in Glenview, IL. Ray was the friend who took charge and helped us through the dark hours when each of my parents died. Even though we were living in IL and my folks had been living in CT, Ray helped us with all the complicated details so we could bury them at Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery in North Kingston. His warmth, his great laugh, and especially his compassionate friendship will be missed by our whole family.
Oliver and Kim Stinnette - 01/29/2015
We're so sorry to hear about Ray's passing. What a big personality this world has lost! We pray that you find comfort in knowing that he's resting in the arms of our Savior, and that you will all enjoy a heavenly reunion someday!
Kim, Oliver, and family
Paul Wyrostek - 01/29/2015
My sincere condolences to the entire Butterfield family.
I will miss our occasional chats at the yacht club, as well as seeing Ray as a guest at the Warwick Rotary Club...
EGYC Staff - 01/29/2015
Our condolences to the entire Butterfield Family. Mr. Butterfield was a true gentleman and we will miss his lightheartedness around the Club. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Matt, Chris, & Matt
Connie & Garry Wallace - 01/29/2015
Dear Eileen, Butterfield Family & Walsh Family,
We were so very sorry to hear of Ray's passing. As you know, I've known him most of my life and will always remember him with a genuine smile on his face. We hope that happy memories you shared together will comfort you at this time. He will be missed by so many. He leaves a legacy that includes a wonderful and beautiful family.
Connie, Garry, Alana & Dara
Lori Beagan - 01/29/2015
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Butterfield family. Sue, I will never forget the fun times I had hanging out with your family back in our Jr. High days. Your Dad always made me laugh. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.
Doug and Rina Hopkins - 01/29/2015
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Ray was a sweet, funny, and giving person. He will be sadly missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Peace and God bless.
Bill and Ped Hogan and Patti Ryan - 01/29/2015
To Eillen and Family, So sorry for your loss. Ray was a Great Husband,Father , and Friend. He will be sorely missed.Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless all of you.
Joe and Ginny(Rubery) Pasonelli - 01/30/2015
Dear Eileen and family,
Please accept our condolences. Your entire family has always been there to support us when we lost a loved one. Ray's parents and Ray and Eileen have shared sad times with our entire family, from Grandpa who died in the 60's to Mom who died in 2011. Your sympathy was sincere and your home and chapel have been a place of solace for many years. Please know that Ray will be missed, he was one of a kind, and you will all be remembered in our prayers!
Carol Brosco Hill - 01/30/2015
Eileen and Ray I was deeply sadden to hear of Rays passing. He was a kind and understanding person. He will be greatly missed
Kathy Quinn - 01/30/2015
Eileen and Family
My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family at this most difficult time. Ray was always friendly and funny man. He will miss.
Mike Hayden - 01/30/2015
Ray, Suzanne and Family, your Dad was so kind to my family over the years at our times of loss, and we will forever be grateful to him for all he did. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.
Mike Hayden and Family
Kathy and Louie Franco - 01/30/2015
Eileen,Ray,Michelle and Suzanne, We will miss Ray's warm wonderful way he had about him. He was a one of a kind and we are so thankful to have had him as a friend. All our love Louie and Kathy
Judy daSilva - 01/30/2015
Michelle, Mrs. Butterfield, and family:
My heartfelt condolences on your loss. Your precious memories will get you through this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Tracy Holloway - 01/30/2015
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
Dottie & Margaret Martin - 01/30/2015
Eileen, Raymond, Michelle, Suzanne and all of your families. So sorry of Ray's passing. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry we cannot be with you during this difficult time. Ray was a great guy he will be fondly missed. Eileen, take care and may memories help for now and always. With love
Robert Aldridge - 01/30/2015
His kindness will be remembered
Gail and Steven Yanku - 01/30/2015
Dear Eileen, Raymond, Michelle, Suzanne and all of your families,
We are so sorry to hear of Ray Sr.'s passing. He truly was a wonderful person and will be missed by all. Our heartfelt condolenses to you at this difficult time.
Sincerely, Gail and Steve Yanku and Family
Celeste Phillips - 01/30/2015
Michelle, Mrs. Butterfield and Family:
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope all those wonderful memories will help you get through this difficult time My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gail Hoey O'Loughlin - 01/30/2015
Dear Everyone, I loved him. Ray was a one of a kind man, a true family man. He was one of the most kind Funeral Directors I have ever known. He was just a great guy...xo to all...Gail
Pat Pyne - 01/30/2015
Eileen and family, My sincere condolences to all of you at this difficult time. Ray was such a wonderful man. I have been remembering you and Ray in my prayers every day. My thoughts and prayers are now with you and your family.
Holland and Sisson Families - 01/31/2015
Our sincere condolences to Eileen, Raymond and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, as yours were with us many times over the years.
Mary Beaudreau Ruggiero - 01/31/2015
My deepest condolences on Ray's passing. We so enjoyed visiting him and his parents when growing up. He always had a big hug for me! I will never forget his wonderful laugh. Such a great guy. Love, Mary
Linda Rousseau - 01/31/2015
To the Butterfield family IM so sorry for your loss. Mr Butterfield always had a smile on his face such a wonderful man.He will be missed.
Paul and Joyce Rousseau - 01/31/2015
Eileen and family so sorry to hear about Ray. our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Margaret Magee - 01/31/2015
Eileen So sorry for your loss. What great memories I have with both of you. He was a great person and also a great friend. Will miss him. My prayers are with you and the family. Love to all
Margaret & Jim Pine - 02/01/2015
Eileen & family, so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and
prayers are with you.
Deacon Ken Andrade - 02/01/2015
Ray and family, please accept my sincere condolences and know your dad and all of you are in my prayers.
From Revelation 14:13
"‘Then I heard a voice from heaven say to me, 'Write down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord! Blessed indeed, the Spirit says; now they can rest for ever after their work, since their good deeds go with them.'"
Michael & Patricia Tedesco, Bonita Springs, FL - 02/01/2015
Dear Eileen and Family, please accept our sincere condolences,wishes for peace and prayers. Ray will always be in the minds of many for his dedication to Family, Community, Rotary and the many other organizations he actively participated in. God Bless you all.
Tom Tatro, Harrisville, RI - 02/02/2015
So very sorry to learn of your dear Raymond's untimely passing; may he rest in peace. During his time running your most respectable family business, I was somewhat involved in making arrangements for services and we were well served by him. He was very kind, compassionate, and accommodating in even the smallest of details; his personal attention and patience were most appreciated.
Also, MANY years ago, I had the pleasure and honor to spend some quality time discussing the origins of the family business with Ray and Alice, his mother. She impressed me as a most gracious lady and capable professional - and a real class act - and Ray certainly followed suit. Ray, too, was a class act and a true gentleman. You all have quite a legacy to treasure and of which to be proud!
May God bless and sustain you at this difficult juncture and may you be comforted by fond memories and loved ones. Peace.
Anne Myra (St James) Snow - 02/02/2015
Dear Mrs Butterfield, Ray, Michelle and Suzanne, Very sorry to hear this news. My prayers are with all of you. With much sympathy, Anne Myra
Paul and Carol Graves - 02/02/2015
Dear Eileen and family, Paul and I are sending your way our heartfelt condolences. Ray was truly a terrific guy !
Claire Rinaldi - 02/02/2015
You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loving husband
Mim & Dick Vincent - 02/03/2015
To Ray & family....
Sorry for the loss of your dad. Our prayers are with you.
Sincerely, Mim & Dick
Carol Caldarone (Paulhus) - 02/03/2015
Dear Eileen and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.,at this very sad time..
Horace J. Marsocci - 02/04/2015
Time passes, memories are forever. Our loved ones give us strength and guidance. Be strong. Keep Ray close in your heart and he will always be there for you.
Barbara Macari - 02/05/2015
Dear Eileen,Ray,Michelle & Suzanne
I just found out that Ray had passed away and my heart is broken as I would have
been there to comfort you as you did me
. He was a great man, and our families shared many memories.
My thoughts and prayers are with
The Fitz-Simon Family - 02/09/2015
Our deepest condolences,and prayers go out to ray,s family.May you find peace during this difficult time..ray was an awesome man,God bless..
Leslie Milligan - 02/25/2015
I have walked a mile in your shoes. Doesn't make it any easier. I appreciate the comfort that you gave to my family in our time of need. My Mom was heartbroken with the death of my Dad. Ray, or "little Raymond" (as my Dad knew him) gave her the support that she needed. Thank you all so much for what you do.
Lori Borino Prete - 02/27/2015
Dear Eileen and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Ray. My deepest condolences to all of you.
Looking at Ray's obituary photo aboard his boat on Narragansett Bay, I am reminded of many happy hours we shared on the bay. As children, Ray and I would be taken by my great aunt Elizabeth Whittaker Caranci on the ferry to Block Island, The boat left the Providence waterfront, cruising down river to Newport, picked up new passengers, then into the Atlantic to Block Island's New Harbor. While a beautiful senic cruise, Ray and I usually got bored. Being 5 years older and with my Aunt's permission, I would lead Ray throughout every corner and deck of the ship. It was great fun. Every time we saw each other Ray and I recalled and laughed about those Block Island trips fun. My memories of Ray last.
H. Tracy Mitchell - 04/07/2015
Eileen, I'm so sorry to hear of Ray's early passing. Ray & I attended and graduated from the New England Institute many many years ago. We were a part of a special group of 5 who often studied and partied together back in the "Good Old Days". Although we lost contact after graduation, I have kept a special photo of "we five" on my desk since. I will be sending you a copy. Again, my condolences.
Carr Family - 05/21/2015
We are so sorry for the loss of Ray. He was a wonderful and selfless man and helped countless families in their time of need. In our thoughts and prayers.