Published in the July 7, 2017 edition

Spinney-obit-webEVERETT — Lawrence E. “Butch” Spinney, 72, a longtime resident of Everett, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 30.

Born in Everett on March 25, 1945, he was one of 10 children raised and educated in Everett. As a young man, Butch began his working career at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He began working in the cleaning department, and continued working there for over 40 years as a dedicated custodian for the hospital.

In his free time, Butch loved to go fishing. He always had a good time, no matter the location, or the number of fish he caught. If Butchie was fishing, he was happy.

As the son of Nova Scotia natives, Butch and his siblings had a longtime love and appreciation for the beauty of Nova Scotia. Butch, along with his siblings, enjoyed many years returning to his parents birthplace to visit with family. When at home in Everett, Butch enjoyed watching the Patriots, Red Sox, and Bruins, and was a member of the Lt. Norman F. Prince VFW Post #1506 in Melrose. Butch was much loved by his family, and will always be remembered.

Butch was the cherished son of the late Eldred Spinney and Gladys (Ryder) Spinney. He was the devoted brother of Florence Nickerson and her late husband Howard of Nova Scotia, Ivan Spinney and his wife Helen of Saugus, Dora Little and her late husband John of Everett, Martha Marsch and her husband William of Hudson, NH, and the late Edith Spinney, Harry Spinney, Joyce Clinton, Ernest Spinney, and Donald Spinney. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends gathered in honor and remembrance of Butchie’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Wednesday, July 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and again for his funeral service celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. 

Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. 

Gifts in his memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 North Main St., Ste. 104, Natick, MA 01760. 

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