Paul Frederick Butinsky Jr., 91, of Vernon, died at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital on October 10, 2011 after a brief period of failing health. He passed away with his long time companion and love of his life, Bruna Palmer, by his side along with his sons and daughter. He has lived in the area all of his life.
He was born the son of Anne and Paul F. Butinsky, Sr. on March 10, 1920 in Northfield, Massachusetts. He was educated locally and left school as so many of his generation did after completing the eighth grade to help run the family dairy farm.
Paul enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II as an Airplane and Engine Mechanic. He qualified as an expert aircraft gunner and received a Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, European, African and Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbons. Paul was honorably discharged on Jan 1, 1946 after five years of service at the rank of Staff Sergeant E-6.
Paul worked for 38 years for the Raymond S. Roberts Chrysler Dodge Automobile Dealership in Brattleboro as a salesman. He retired in 1990 at the age of 70 and lived in Palm Bay, Florida during the winter to be closer to his sons.
He was an active member of the Elks Club, American Legion in Keene, NH., Moose Lodge 478 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was a passionate hunter and expert marksman with a gun and bow. Paul could always be found in the woods during hunting season. He loved dancing with his long time companion, Bruna, and they spent much of their time gardening, fishing and enjoying life with their children. He will be deeply missed.
Mr. Butinsky is survived by his three children and their spouses; Michelle A. Sheldon and her husband Gary of Troy, N.H., Paul A. Butinsky and his wife Sharon of Cocoa Beach, Fl., Craig S. Butinsky and his wife Chris of Palm Bay, Fl. He also leaves his ten grandchildren: Christopher Sheldon, Carrie Bibighaus, Emily Boyd, Amy Koons, Rebekkah Koons, Joshua Sheldon, Rachel Sheldon, Desiree Butinsky, Justin Butinsky, Lauren Bailey; and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his long time companion, Bruna Palmer, of Vernon. He is pre-deceased by his parents and one son, Michael E. Butinsky who passed in 1984.
At Mr. Butinskys request there are no calling hours and burial will be private. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Home in West Swanzey, N.H. www.cheshirefamilyfuneralhome.com.