WOODBURY – First Selectman Bill Butterly died early Saturday morning after he collapsed in his home in Woodlake, sources have told Just Woodbury.
Butterly, 75, just finished the first year of his third term as First Selectman. Butterly recently has his second knee replacement surgery in a year. Republican selectman Barbara Perkinson has served as acting First Selectman in the past while Butterly has been out on leave, and is expected to assume the post again on an acting basis.
Butterly’s brother, Barry Butterly, announced his death on Facebook:
Heart and Soul of Woodbury
Woodbury Fire Chief and Fire Marshall Janet Morgan said Butterly’s passing is a huge loss for the town.
“He was the heart and soul of this town,” Morgan said. “Bill always put the best interests of the town before his own interests.”
Morgan said she would see Butterly every day when he would stop by the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department headquarters. But he wouldn’t just pop in to check up on business, but the people themselves. She noted that Butterly would drop by the office just to find out how her husband, who had been sick, was doing.
Morgan said that in her role as Chairman of the Region 14 Board of Education, Butterly was equally as accessible.
“He was always just a phone call away,” Morgan said. “It didn’t matter what time of day or if it had to do with the fire department or Region 14, he was always there for Woodbury.”
Just Woodbury will have more details as they become available.
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