William Francis Butler, Sr., 83, of North Haven, formerly of Hamden, passed away peacefully on Sunday April 17, 2016 at the Connecticut Hospice, Branford with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of 55 years to Patricia Hesse Butler. William was born in New Haven on March 6, 1933; son of the late James and Lillian Caliendo Butler; he graduated Wilbur Cross High School in 1950; served his country faithfully in the US Army during the Korean war; had worked in the banking industry for many years and obtained his Associates Degree from Gateway Community College. William was a member of Knights of Columbus in Hamden and Killingworth, a member of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), volunteered over 15000 hours at the VAMC, West Haven Blind Center from 1998 to 2015. William was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and will truly be missed. Father of Nancy (James) MacGregor and William (Stephanie) Butler, Jr. Grandfather of Brittany, Patrick and Justin MacGregor, Alec, Mary Elizabeth “M.E.” and Blake Butler. Brother of James (Maureen) Butler, Matthew (Phyllis) Butler, Gerald (Eleanor) Butler and Amelia (Robert) Parnoff. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Thursday morning at 9:30. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Barnabas Church at 10:00 AM. Entombment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Mausoleum. The visiting hours will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), 125 N. West St., 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314 or the CT Hospice Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.