JAMES P. BUTLER

Jim Butler of Wilmington died July 8 in Cape Town, South Africa, after suffering a heart attack two days earlier while on vacation with his wife, Jane Crowley.

Jim graduated from St. Elizabeth High School and Delaware Technical Community College, where he earned a degree in architectural engineering design. He and Jane were married on October 24, 1987, after a whirlwind courtship that resulted in 30 years together. As an independent businessman, Jim founded About the House home inspection and operated the company for nearly 25 years.

In addition to Jane, Jim is survived by their son, Matt, of Ithaca, N.Y.; Jim’s siblings and their spouses -- Charlie, Pat (Jim Grant), Kathy (Jack McDermott), and Dan (Kasia), all of Wilmington; brother-in-law Jim Crowley (Mariann) of Hilliard, OH; nieces and nephews Kate, Chase, Daniel and Julia Butler; Sheila and Colleen Grant; Brendan, Aidan and Kristina McDermott; Finn and Rhys Butler; and Joe (Kara) and Jack Crowley; and great niece and nephew Jude and Vivian Crowley. He is also survived by many Butler, Quinn and Crowley cousins. His godchildren are Brendan McDermott and Nathan Poloni.

Preceding Jim in death were his parents, Bernadette and Charles Butler, sister-in-law Karen Johnson, brother-in-law Bob Crowley and parents-in-law Art and Margaret Crowley.

Visitation will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at noon at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1012 French St., Wilmington 19801, with reception to follow at the Baby Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington 19801.

Contributions in Jim’s memory can be sent to the Wilmington Diocese Gospel Choir at St. Joseph’s Church, 1012 French St., Wilmington 19801, and to The Review newspaper of the University of Delaware. Please send Review contributions to University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 East Main Street, 3rd Fl., Newark, DE 19716. Make checks payable to “University of Delaware” and include on the memo line “For The Review - in memory of Jim Butler.” Gifts can also be made on the University of Delaware’s secure website, www.udel.edu/makeagift.


Jim was not only admired and respected, but beloved in his roles as businessman, community supporter and friend.