Barry Alan Butterly

Barry Alan Butterly

WATERTOWN — Barry Alan Butterly entered the gates of Heaven on May 2, 2021.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Marie “Reene” Butterly; their daughter, Dawn Hughes and her husband, Danny, and the apple of Barry’s eye, his granddaughter, Zoe.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at Barry’s hometown parish, St. John’s Parish in Watertown. 

Barry graduated from St. John’s School in 1959. Friends and family are directed to meet directly at the church. There are no calling hours.

Barry was a Watertown kid all the way. He grew up on Main Street, working for his father at Butterly’s Coffee Shop. He played baseball for the Oakville Red Sox with close friends Bobby Palmer, Alan Gustafson and Tony Faressa as teammates.

He and Bobby were lifelong Red Sox fans. Bobby Palmer would always have a line in his Town Times Sports column about Barry Butterly, fan of boxing champ Muhammed Ali. Proud of his Irish-American roots, Barry was past president of the Waterbury AOH.

Barry’s greatest passion in his life was the 20 years he served as a volunteer fireman for the Watertown Fire Department. Truthfully, he started that career at age 10 when he rescued his four-year-old brother Sean from a blazing inferno of a house fire on Echo Lake Road in Watertown. His mom rescued his six-year-old sister Judy and two-year-old Chucky that day.

As an adult, he was elected a WFD lieutenant. He proudly served under his all-time idol, Chief Avery Lamphier, as well as close friends, Neil Burrows and Larry Black. 

He was a player-coach for the WFD softball team. He loved to work as a team with police officers. Barry was thrilled when his godson, nephew Jeff Schmaling, was inducted as a member of the Waterbury Police Department where Jeff now serves as a detective.

Barry was a guy who loved Watertown and the United States. He sought the American Dream. In his amazing family and friends and service to the WFD, he found it.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to thank the Lutheran Home of Southbury staff and nursing for the extraordinary and compassionate care they rendered Barry these past eight months.

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