Joseph Lawrence "Joe" Butt of East Brunswick, NJ, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on June 30, 2019, at the age of 98. The son of Samuel and Barbara Butt, Joe was born on May 14, 1921, in Quincy, MA. Joe was the youngest of six children.
Joe was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy class of 1943. He was commissioned as an Ensign in 1942, and he served with distinction as a Lieutenant on the USS Lowe DE325 in the North Atlantic during WWII. Joe and his crew served on convoy escort duty and submarine hunting task forces in the North Atlantic.
Joe was also a graduate of the esteemed Harvard Business School Class of 1949. After graduating from Harvard, Joe enjoyed a long and successful 31-year career with Johnson & Johnson. Joe served as President and Chairman of Permacel, a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary. He retired in 1980 as President of Chicopee, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
Joe and his wife Patricia also enjoyed travelling the world and were both avid golfers. Joe was member of Plainfield Country Club for more than 50 years.
Joe was preceded in death by first wife, Jean Evans Butt, who died in 1986.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Patricia, and his devoted children and their spouses; Joseph Butt (Dianne) of Weston, MA, Barbara Gill (Peter) of Bronxville, NY, Elizabeth Mahle (Tom) of Belle Mead, NJ, Regina Williams (Todd) of Milltown, NJ and Angelo Penza (Nadia) of Doylestown, PA; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Joe is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews throughout the U.S. and Newfoundland.
He was the consummate gentleman and loved by all.
The family will be greeting visitors on Friday, July 5, 2019, from 10-10:30 am, at St. Bartholomew R.C. Church, 470 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, followed by a Mass at 10:30 am, under the direction of The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, East Brunswick. For directions, please visit the "Services" page.
Contributions, in his memory, may be made to St. Bartholomew R.C. Church, 470 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 (www.stbartseb.com), where he worshiped for over 50 years.
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Joseph was a gentleman and a scholar. He and Patricia were the best neighbors to my family and I for 15 years. Joe was the first person I met upon moving in, and as I was tidying up the front yard he came over, extended his hand to introduce himself and asked, "So, do you golf?" I would later learn just how much he and Patricia enjoyed the game and spending time with friends at the Plainfield Country Club. My family and I were privileged guests of Joe and Patricia on several Easter and Christmas holidays when the club was adorned in full festive regalia. The best decor always was Joe's handsome face and charm, complimented by Patricia's beauty and vivacious spirit. Joe was a prince among men and he revered Patricia as a Princess. He made my girls and I feel loved and listened to and I will never forget how he comforted me as I wept in his arms over children losing sight of the importance of their Catholuc faith. Joe and Patricia both were true examples of people living their faith. They met in church and I often retold the story of how Joe invited Patricia for coffee after daily mass. Joe's obituary merely touches upon his true greatness. My father was a mechanic at Chicoppee for years and he and Joe had a few laughs over Scotch recalling the past. My father told me he remembered Joe walking through the plant with such perfect posture. He carried himself in the same distinguished manner even when his health started to falter. His lovely daughters would always compliment Patricia on the love and care she gave their dad. The tributes to Joe from family and friends at his 92nd birthday were awe,-inspiring and heartfelt. Joe, I know you are in the precious palm of Our Lord Jesus and I will forever treasure the times and memories you have made while here with us. I will always tuck you and yours into my Rosary. Thank you. God bless and keep your loved ones in His tender care forever. You will be dearly missed. Xoxox, Mariola
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
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