Leonard James Butson passed away peacefully on November 15, 2015 after a long illness at the age of 93. Beloved husband for 69 years of Florence (Hartleib), loving father of Connie Stewart, Roderick (Patti) and William (Rory), much loved grandfather of Christina, Sarah, Rob, Leanne (Peter), Jennifer and Greg (Lyndsey) and great grandfather of Joseph, Ethan, Caleigh, Ava, Leah, Annabelle and Elleen. Dear brother of Irene (Vance) Day, June Wray, Ron (Anne) Butson and Barry (Donna) Butson, brother in law of Margaret Muma, Shirley Hartleib, Ruth Hartleib, Grace Hartleib, Besides his parents, Roy and Myrtle Butson, he was predeceased by a son Robert in infancy, a son-in-law, Bruce Stewart, sisters Myrna (in infancy) and Lena Million, sisters-in-law Mary Butson, Connie Copeland, Theresa Hartleib (in infancy), Helen Hartleib, brothers-in-law, Frank, Tony, Leon, Bob, Don, and Jerry Hartleib, Roy Muma, Mike McCauley, Ken Copeland, Jim Million and Richard Wray. Len was a WWII veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bomber Command, Squadron 433 who took part in the liberation of Europe for which he received the rank of Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, the highest national order of France. He then spent 40 years as a Locomotive Engineer with Canadian National Railways in Stratford, before retiring to Shakespeare where he enjoyed gardening, watching sports, especially hockey and baseball which he coached for a few years. Also, Len was a member of the Canadian Legion and Parkview United Church. A born story-teller, he had a great sense of humour which his family enjoyed. He spent the last years of his life at Hamlet Estates and Cedarcroft Place. We would like to thank the staff at Cedarcroft Place for their compassionate care of Len. Friends are invited to share their memories of Len with the family during the memorial visitation at W.G. Young Funeral Home, Stratford, 519-271-7411 on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7-9 pm and Friday Nov. 20 at 10 am. A memorial service and reception will follow at 11 am. Interment in Avondale Cemetery afterwards. Condolences for the family and memorial donations to Prostate Cancer of Canada may be made through the funeral home at www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com.
Visitation
Thursday, November 19, from 7-9 p.m.
one hour before the service

Funeral Service
Friday, November 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
W.G. Young Funeral Home

Reception
W.G. Young Funeral Home Reception Centre

Family Interment
Avondale Cemetery
Stratford, Ontario

Memorial Donations
Prostate Cancer Canada

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