Many of us lost a friend this week when Mike Butcher passed away. Thoughts of everyone who knew him will be with his wife and family. His passing is a great loss for anyone who knew him and for our community as well.
He was a good friend and a good man.
Mike was a Great Yarmouth Borough Councillor and a Parish Councillor for Hopton, having recently retired as Chairman of the Parish Council. In both these civic roles he excelled for his residents. He worked hard with the team in Hopton to ensure they delivered a fantastic new Village Hall, something of which they should all be rightly proud; (on the Great Yarmouth Mercury website you can see a picture of Mike and some of the team at the opening of that facility).
Mike is one of those people you feel grateful to have known. Wherever he is now, he will make it a better and happier place.
His loss has been a real shock and I still cannot quite process that he will not be in my office next week making me laugh; he was vibrant, full of life and always had a smile. He was always a pleasure to be around. He was a real gentleman and both he and Jeanette (his wife) were always very friendly and welcoming to my wife, children and I, from well before I was elected.
The only times I recall Mike being low or worried with a concern, was when he was concerned for others. His worries were always ones about the well being of others, or about ensuring he was doing the right thing by other people. He was rightly proud of his family and a dedicated grandfather, he was also conscientious in representing his residents and determined to ensure he always gave them 100% and more.
He cared passionately about his family and I have heard him tell many stories, always with pride, of time he spent with his grand children, either on a camping trip or at his home. I always enjoyed hearing his stories of his exploits and especially of his trips to go scuba diving, something he loved. His enjoyment of everything he did was part of what made him such good company, along with his superb sense of humour. He would always have the ability to raise a smile on those around him and to help keep spirits high.
I will miss him. His passion for life, care for others and love for his family all served to make him a true gentleman, great company and a man I am honoured to have known.