November 22, 2017

Captain William Butler, 81

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On October 31, 2017, Captain William Butler passed away. Born on October 23, 1936, "Captain Willie" was educated at Brown and Hofstra Universities.

Butler began his boating career with the Davis Park Ferry Company piloting trips to Fire Island while teaching English at Patchogue High School. In the early 1960s he moved to Montauk with his family where he continued teaching and coaching basketball at East Hampton High School.

His love for boats and the water led him to serve as an East Hampton Town Trustee while pursuing a fulltime fishing career. Captain Willie's famous LazyBones fishing trips brought joy and lifelong memories to everyone involved.

The captain is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lynn (Jensen Beach, FL), sons Rhett (Parker, CO), and Nathaniel (Westfield, NJ), and daughters Jennifer (Newark, DE) and Alisa Sanabria (East Hampton, NY), along with 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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