John J. Butler - North Smithfield/Uxbridge, Mass.

John J. Butler - North Smithfield/Uxbridge, Mass.

Attorney John J. Butler, 88, of North Smithfield died Tuesday, March 19, at UMass after a long illness. His wife of 60 years, Elizabeth M. (Gunville) Butler, died April 7, 2008.

He is survived by eight children, John F. Butler of North Smithfield, Elizabeth A. Butler of Roseville, Calif., Kathleen Butler-Longano and her husband John of Berwick Victoria, Australia, Kevin C. and his wife Linda Jo Butler of Uxbridge, Brian D. Butler of Uxbridge, Michael B. and his wife Michelle of Weymouth, James M. Butler of North Smithfield and Julie B. Butler of Cumberland, R.I.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alyce Marie and her husband Jim Mooradian of Des Moines, Iowa.

Born in Worcester on March 3, 1925, he was the son of Robert J. and Alice (Buckley) Butler and lived in North Smithfield for 35 years.

Mr. Butler was a trial attorney for Solomon-Butler, Attorneys at Law in Uxbridge more than 40 years, retiring in 1993. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, taking part in D-Day invasion and serving as a hard-hat diver in the Pacific.

He was a graduate of Classical High School in Worcester, Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Boston College School of Law. He was a member of the Worcester County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Worcester County Trial Lawyer’s Association.

He loved playing chess and cards, and he enjoyed the ocean, the beach, boating, camping, scuba diving, and RV trips in his younger years.

His funeral will be held Monday, March 25 from Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd., Uxbridge, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 71 Mendon St., Uxbridge. Cremation burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Uxbridge will be at a later date. Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday, March 24 from 4 - 7 p.m.

Donations in John’s memory may be made to Home Hospice Care of RI, 169 George St., Pawtucket, RI 02860. To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit