Gary Butt

Gary Donald Butt

1940 - 2020

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Obituary of Gary Donald Butt

Gary Donald Butt peacefully entered into rest on September 17, 2020 surrounded by loving family at his home in Madeira Beach, Florida. He leaves behind the “love of his life” and wife of almost 58 years, Elaine (nee Sisti); daughters Richelle White (late Gordon) Renee Cifelli (Mark), Tricia Kwitchoff (James) and son, Jeffrey Butt (Rain). He was a proud “Papa” and “Pop Pop” to eight adoring grandchildren: Bailey, Joseph, Spenser, Madison, Ty, Julia, Brennan, and Sabrina. Born June 25, 1940, he was the son of the late Alfred W. Butt and Edna M. Blum and grew up in Williamsville, NY with his brother, the late Wayne Butt, and his sister, Jacquelyn Lorenz. He was the dear son-in-law of the late Sibby and Norine Sisti. Gary was an exceptional wrestler at Williamsville High School where he was undefeated in his career garnering 4 Sectional titles and later inducted into the Section 6 Wrestling Hall of Fame (2005). He then joined the U.S. Navy (1958-1961) and attended submarine school based on New London, Connecticut. It was during this time he met Elaine Sisti, and they were married in 1962 in Swormville, NY. Gary devoted his career to law enforcement beginning with the New York State Police Academy in 1965 when he was awarded shooting proficiency accolades and chosen as the Class Representative of his graduating class. He worked for the New York State Police for 34 years first as a probationary highway trooper starting in Clarence and later on as Sergeant and Zone Sergeant (Lewiston), Sergeant (Wright’s Corners), Investigator (Clarence) and Senior Investigator (Special Investigators Unit in Buffalo) where he was a member of the Organized Crime Task Force Office. Gary was a member of the NY State Police Investigators Association and worked with several federal agencies toward the end of his career and he received many commendations. After raising their four children, Gary and Elaine retired in 1999 and moved to North Carolina, then to Maryland, and finally Florida where they shared many happy times with family and friends. Throughout his life, Gary loved to watch his children, and later his grandchildren, participate in sports. His passions were fishing, boating, and spending time near the water…any water. Working in the yard was also a pleasure for him which he took great pride in. He was affectionately known as “The Gardener” to his children whose yards he attentively looked after. Gary was a man who was always there for all who needed him. His gregarious nature and smile created many memories of joy and laughter. His sincere engagement with conversation and exchanging views with others was a hallmark of his character; he always had something to say on a range of topics and often indulged in playful banter and humor. Gary was a devoted and doting husband who valued family and friends above all else. His colleagues from the NYS Police were always numbered among his most valuable friendships as well as his long-maintained relationship with his lifelong best friend, Jack Hart. He enriched the lives of his family and many friends. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. A celebration of Gary’s life will take place at a later date in the spring. Arrangements in the care of LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 UNION ROAD, WEST SENECA NY. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to Season’s Hospice Foundation in Pinellas County, Florida (www.SeasonsFoundation.org) or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Sunday
11
April

Visiting Hours

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Road
West Seneca, New York, United States
716-674-5776
Sunday
11
October

Memorial Service

6:00 pm
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Rd.
West Seneca, New York, United States
716-674-5776

Committal Service

WNY National Cemetery
1254 Indian Falls Road
Corfu, New York, United States