In Loving Memory of
In loving memory of Don “Butty” Butler. Don sadly passed away on 14th January 2021 taken by COVID-19.
Don’s working career included time in the RAF, time spent as a graphic artist, running Gate Antiques in York, landlord of the Cock & Bottle in Skeldergate and then the Golden Ball in Bishophill, retiring in 2002.
Rugby was his passion with his playing career at York RUFC (playing on Hob Moor in those days) cut short by injury. He organised and managed the York Unicorns who played midweek which obviously suited Don as he worked at the antique shop on Saturdays. The Unicorns played attractive open rugby and Don’s charismatic personality attracted good players from a variety of clubs across the county.
He held numerous volunteer positions at York RUFC over his 68 year connection with the club. Latterly he was Vice President & Life Member Co-ordinator. He was made a Life Member of the club in 1976 and he was also a Freeman of the City of York.
Don was a kind, warm-hearted, fun-loving, very sociable man always with a positive view of people he met & knew. Two of Don’s sayings were “life’s just a bowl of cherries” and “you’re special, you’re different to all the rest”.
Stories of matches, tours & occasions involving him will continue to be exchanged for many years to come. Our thoughts are with son James & brother Alan for their very sad loss.
Please use this book to share your memories of the wonderful man who touched so many of our lives.