1895 - 1947
Butler, RC priest. The "Catholic Record" newspaper of 10th July 1947 contains the following account pertaining to Frederick George Butler: "In St. Mary's Cathedral on Monday morning, July 7, in the presence of His Grace the Archbishop, more than sixty priests and a very large congregation of the faithful gathered for the solemn obsequies of the late Father Frederick G. Butler, who died on Friday last, July 4, after a sudden and very short illness. The principal mourners on this sad occasion were Mrs. Butler (mother), Mrs. J. Hodge (sister), Mr J. Butler (brother), Mr. J. Hodge and Mrs. J. Butler (brother?in?law and sister?in?law), Kevin, Joseph and William Hodge (nephews), Mary Hodge (niece), Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre (uncle and aunt). His Grace presided at the Office for the Dead and at the Solemn Requiem Mass, which was celebrated by a boyhood friend and fellow student of the deceased priest, the Rev. Father Albert Langmead, parish priest of Osborne Park, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Sullivan and the Rev. Father J. Russell, as deacon and sub?deacon. Assisting His Grace at the throne were the Rev. Father Robinson, C.SS.R., and the Rev. Father Gerald O'Callaghan. The masters of ceremonies were the Rev. Fathers J. O'Farrell and J. Hogan; and the mass was sung by the Priests' Choir, conducted by Rev. Father Albert Lynch. At Karrakatta Cemetery, where the funeral rites were conducted by His Grace the Archbishop, a large gathering of clergy and people paid a last tribute to the memory of Father Butler. Frederick George Butler was born in South Australia on June 10, 1895, and came as an infant to Boulder City, travelling with his parents by coach from Southern Cross. He was educated at St. Joseph's Convent School, Boulder, and consequently, at the Christian Brothers College, Kalgoorlie. It is worthy of note that Fred Butler was the first student of that College to enter the ranks of the Priesthood. He is still remembered as a boy well liked for his many fine qualities, especially for his gentlemanly disposition and of his kindly services to the priests of the parish and to the Sisters of St. Joseph. The same spirit of kindliness was reflected in later years, since those who knew him best remarked amongst his qualities the spirit of charity; he was never heard to offer an unfriendly or uncharitable criticism. It was a touching coincidence that one of the priests whose Mass he often served in boyhood day, the Rev. Father T. O'Gorman, was present at his deathbed to administer the Last Sacraments. His studies for the priesthood were done at Springwood and Manly, where among his fellow students were the Rev. Dr. Kearnan and the Rev. Father Gerald O'Callaghan, and from 1914 in the College of Propaganda, Rome. He was ordained to the Priesthood on March 30, 1918 in the Basilica of St. Mary's Major by His Eminence Cardinal Pompili, and returned to Western Australia the following year. During the years that followed he served in Guildford, West Perth, Cottesloe, Dardanup, Busselton, Victoria Park, and Maylands. For some years past he had been in England, where during the war he served as a Chaplain, especially during the bombings. He was actually attending patients in St. Thomas' Hospital when a substantial part of it was blown to pieces, with many deaths resulting. He returned to Perth early in this year and was appointed Chaplain to Castledare Junior Orphanage, where he remained until his death. To his mother, brother, sister, and his many relatives and friends, "The Record" extends its deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace."
|Born: Carrieton, , South Australia, Australia 10th Jun 1895 ||Baptised: |
|Died: Cannington, , South Australia, Australia 4th Jul 1947 ||Buried: Karrakatta, , Western Australia, Australia 7th Jul 1947 |
|10th Jun 1895||Born Carrieton, South Australia, Australia|
|4th Jul 1947||Died Cannington, South Australia, Australia|
|7th Jul 1947||Buried Karrakatta, Western Australia, Australia|