Jim Butler, 'Air Hill,' Broadway, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, surrounded by his loving family at Kerlogue Nursing Home, in his 92nd year.
Jim was born in St Ivers, Broadway, in 1924 to Robert and Mary Butler and was one of two children, Michael being his younger brother and best friend.
In 1956 he married and was a loving husband to a wonderful wife Eileen and great father to Bob, Anne, Rosaleen, Trish and Eithne. He also took great joy in his 12 grandchildren.
Jim acquired his love of farming and Gaelic games from his late father. A life-long resident of Our lady's Island, Jim was known by many people through his life long association with Our lady's Island Pilgrimage.
During the 1950s when there were major changes in farming, he won the Model Farming award on two occasions. He had great foresight in accepting change in farming and embraced the modern methods. He was involved in many committees, including the Wexford Milk Producers Association, the National Farmers Association, (IFA), Killurin Pig Co -Op, Carne Regatta and numerous parish committees.
Having contracted Polio in 1927, it did not hinder Jim's ability to take on life's challenges, he had a great outlook on life and dealt with any obstacles with great determination, enthusiasm and had endless energy.
Two of his great passions in life were the sea and the GAA.
In his younger years he sailed from Carne to regattas in Wexford and Rosslare Harbour. Nothing gave him more pleasure than winning a trophy. His other passion of the sea was fishing around Tuskar Rock and he often dropped off cabbage and potatoes to the lighthouse keepers. A Munster hurling final was also watched on Tuskar Rock. Jim was a loyal supporter of the blue and white of Our Lady's Island and the purple and gold of Wexford.
From a young age he became a frequent visitor to Croke Park and went to his last All Ireland Hurling final in 2012, attending over 50 All Ireland Hurling Finals.
Lastly, he was instrumental in the development of what Our Lady's Island Pilgrimage is today.
He was awarded a Bene Merenti medal in recognition for his work, dedication and commitment in 1990 by Pope John Paul 11. His extraordinary devotion to Our Lady, held him in great stead over his lifetime.
Jim's funeral Mass in the Church of The Assumption, Our Lady's Island, on Thursday, December 17, where our lady's Island pilgrimage committee and the local GAA club formed a guard of honour. Jim's burial took place in Our Lady's Island Cemetery.
Jim had a wonderful life and touched a great number of people's lives in a positive way.