Former Enfield Town Councilman, PZC Chairman Edgar Butcher Jr. Dies

ENFIELD, CT — Edgar Butcher Jr., a U.S. Navy veteran who served two deployments in Vietnam before becoming involved with several Enfield political boards and civic organizations, died Sunday. He was 81.

Butcher, a graduate of Manchester High School, served more than two decades on active duty and in the Navy reserves, while enjoying a lengthy professional career with firms such as Hamilton Standard and IBM. In the early 1970s, he was chairman of the advisory council for what became Asnuntuck Community College, and was a member of the school’s first graduating class in 1974 before going on to earn a business administration degree at American International College.

He first achieved political notice by winning the District 3 seat on the Enfield Town Council in 1981, then was re-elected two years later. In 1988, he was appointed chairman of the Enfield Planning & Zoning Commission, serving until 1991, then was re-appointed to the commission for four more years beginning in 1993.

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“When Ed served on planning and zoning and the town council, I worked with him on a number of items,” former state Rep. Bill Kiner told Patch. “I knew him well. He was a man of honor and a man of his word – two qualities that made him stand out among his peers. Ed and his wife Sandy, who served on Enfield Needs and Resources, were truly a community-minded couple who worked together to make Enfield a better place. Ed will indeed be missed.”

Mayor Bob Cressotti said, “I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Ed Butcher. He was very active in the Enfield community and the different roles he served for the town of Enfield and his church. He will be truly missed, and we thank Ed for his time as a District 3 councilor and his time as chairman of Planning and Zoning. I extend my condolences to his family and friends.”

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After retirement, Butcher became involved with zoning and planning in Old Lyme. He was very active with the Hazardville United Methodist Church for many years, serving as head usher, youth leader, expense treasurer and Board of Trustees member.

He is survived by Sandra, his wife of 58 years; two daughters and sons-in-law, five grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and a sister. A Celebration of Life Service will take place Sunday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at the Hazardville United Methodist Church, 330 Hazard Ave.

Butcher’s full obituary from Leete-Stevens Family Funeral Homes may be read here.

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