On Saturday, April 16, 2022, Carmel Theresa Butler of Irish Cove and Whitney Pier, decided to join the core of angels. She left peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family.
Born on June 15, 1939, in Irish Cove, Carmel was the daughter of the late Anthony and Theresa (O’Connell) MacPhee.
Carmel’s life was all about family, friends, and great Cape Breton fiddle music. She dedicated her life to always helping others, whether being a lieutenant in sea cadets, a block parent or bringing her famous potato salad to whatever gathering she was attending. Carmel always had a story to tell and if you listened carefully enough, there was always a lesson within each story. She wore many hats throughout her life, the most important ones were wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.
Professionally she worked in Sydney Police Services, RCMP, Hobby Hut, and Archie Nathansons. Her favourite job was buying and selling shoes for Archie Nathansons, Carmel became known as the queen of colouring shoes and could match any colour to compliment the outfit. As busy as Carmel was, her door was always opened.
Carmel leaves behind her seven children, Cathy (Fay Wambolt), Colleen, Cindy (Reg Binns), Cheryl (Mark Berkeley), Donnie (Cheryl), Brenda (Dave Chapman) and Shane (Tanya); 11 Grandchildren, Anthony, Andrew, Abigail, Casandra, Cory, Courtney, Jessica, Darren ‘DJ’, Christopher, Ethan, Jack and 7 Great Grandchildren, Layla, Logan, Brina, Izabella, Evelyn, Max and Luke.
Besides her parents, Carmel was predeceased by her husband, Chesley Butler and grandson, Dean Shane Binns.
Mom is with dad discovering new adventures on their road trips in heaven and yes, they have their fishing rods.
The family would like to thank her family doctor, Dr. Amy Wambolt, also to Dr. Mark Sampson, and our deepest gratitude to Dr. Megan Keating for her kindness, compassion, and professionalism. Special thanks and gratitude to Palliative Care and VON. A special mention to Paul Latournal (VON) for his compassion, kindness, and professionalism to our family.
There will be no funeral service, a private celebration of Carmel’s life will be held at a later date.
Donations in memory of Carmel may be made to the SPCA or Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Patient Care Fund.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
MOM this is not goodbye, because wherever you are you will always be in our hearts.
Sending deepest condolences to Carmel’s Family. So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. Sending lots of Love and Hugs. Corinne (Williston) Ferguson
From: Corinne (Williston) Ferguson
My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of your mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
From: Kathleen LeBlanc
Cindy , Reggie and families. I was very saddened to read of the loss of your Mom. Please accept my condolences and take care.
From: Reina Black
So sorry to hear of Carmel’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
From: Linda and Chris kieley
My deepest condolences
From: Rita MacLeod
My condolences to the entire Butler family.
From: Lionel Ruck jr.
I am sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. My condolences to you Cathy and your family.
From: Lori Deveaux
I was very to read of Carmel’s passing. My condolences to you Cathy.
From: Shirley Halliday
I want to send my sincere condolences to you Cathy and the rest of your family. Such a great loss for all of you. May your Mom be at peace. Take care.
From: Joanne Kyte
I am so very sorry to hear about your mothers passing god bless you and your family.
From: Diana Campbell
My sympathy to Carmel and her family. I did not know her but meeting Brenda at the Regional was introduced to her sick mother. Twice I visited and spoke to her and met another daughter; and on another visit, two gentleman were by her bed. I honestly felt that your mother must have been a very special woman because the people I met were so gracious. This is the kind of people who make our world such a blessing. It was a privilege to visit and meet you .Deepest sympathy and know she is a peace with her God.
From: Sr. Catherine MacFarlane
Cathy, Fay and all your family – My sincerest condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
From: Gwendolyn MacLean
Cathy, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
From: Christine Proctor-Hahn
My thoughts and most sincere sympathies are extended to all family members.
Cindy my childhood friend and family
My friend during this time of incredible sadness may our funny memories some day make you smile , memories of us hanging around getting ready to go to the dances at Moe’s and sleepovers with the giggles and laughter and than your mom coming up over the stairs and us pretending we were asleep lol.
Your mom would woop our ass if we didn’t listen and at the same time Carmel would smile . Lol
Thank you for the childhood memories. 😆
Please remember a mothers gift of love is never ending .
Love always your friend
Susan Mirao & Roger
Kayla & Victoria
Cindy and family,May condolence to you all on the passing of your Mom, My thoughts and prayers go out to you ,It is not easy to lose your mom but she will always be in your heart,May she RIP
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Cheryl. May the many memories help sustain you during this difficult time.
Amy and Franco
So sorry to hear of your Mom passing. I have so many fond memories of time spent with your mom when I was younger. She always made me feel loved and welcomed when I hung out with Cathy in our early years. She was truly an angel here on earth and now she is wearing her wings. Love to you all. Cindy Price.❤️😘
Condolences Cheryl, Cindy and family on the loss of your much loved Mom💔
condolence to the entire family during the loss of you mom.🙏
Louie and Linda Margettie
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She will be missed by all that knew her. May she rest in peach
So very sorry to hear that your Mom has passed. She sounds like a remarkable woman and loved by many. In our lives that is a great legacy to leave behind.
The sorrow stays for quite a while but hopefully her memory and the knowledge she is watching out for all of you is comforting
Sincere condolences to all the family . Your Mom sounds like a wonderful lady . May you be blessed with your many memories & the love in your hearts . God Bless
I am so very sorry to hear of your moms passing. I didn’t know her but I can see in her obituary that you guys were lucky to have had such a wonderful ,loving, generous mom.
Cheryl, Cathy and extended families please know that you are remembered in my prayers.. ❤️
Cheryl and Cindy: So so sorry to hear about your mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
To all of Carmel,s children and grandchildren please accept my condolences on the passing of your beloved Mom.May she rest in peace
Our sympathy and prayers are with the family on their loss.
Dear Butler Family and Friends,
I offer you my sincerest condolences and sympathy on the loss of your exceptional mother, grandmother, and friend. Take good care of each other during the difficult days ahead. May God Bless and keep your mom in the palm of His hand. Rest In Peace Mrs. B!
Shaun G. Crowe W.P.M.
Cindy, Brenda and family;
We would like to express our deepest condolences for the loss of your Mom. May you find the strength and courage to get through this very difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rest In Peace Carmel ❤
To all the Butler family: Our deepest sympathy and prayers sent you way. Rest in paradise beautiful Carmel. Blessings and strength to you all at this difficult time.
My deepest sympathies to all Carmel’s children, grandchildren and extended family. Stay strong for each other our time on this earth is precious. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Carmel you will never be forgotten. Xoxox
Sending my sincere condolences to you all during this difficult time. I did not know you Mom well but Dave always had lots of stories to tell. She was an important part of his childhood. May she Rest In Peace with your Dad.
We are so sorry to hear of Carmel’s passing our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time…God bless love Marlene and Deryck Abbass xoxo Carmel was a beautiful lady inside and out. RIP 🙏
To Cindy and the Butler family.. sending prayers and deepest sympathy to you all in the loss of your beautiful Mom.. it will give you comfort to know she is reunited in Paradise with your family and those she mourned for so many years.. Take care and love one another because that is what your mom would want you to do during this sad time.. Hugs and love to you all
My deepest condolences go out to Donnie and the entire Butler family at this most difficult time, my thoughts and prayers 🙏 ❤ are with you all
Cathy, Brenda, and family:
Sending my heartfelt condolences for your beautiful Mom! Carmel was quite the character, and memories of her still bring a smile to my face: hunting for a treasure at Archie Nathanson’s, regular attendances at our choir events, a special friend’s surprise Birthday party. Remember your Mom and smile, that’s what she would want.
To the butler family. My sincere condolences to you all Carmel was always so kind and loving she will be missed rest easy Carmel fly high with the angels ♥️💔
Sincerest sympathy Courtney in the loss of your grandmother.
My sincere condolences to Carmels family and friends as one of many I spent alot of time at her house she will be missed dearly.big hugs to you all❤🙏💔
Sincere sympathy to the Butler Family in the passing of your Mom.Carmel was a beautiful person. May she RIP
So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother.She was a beautiful person
Too the entire family I am truely sorry to hear of your moms passing my deepest condolences too you all at this time of dirty your mom was a very nice lady RIP Carmel
Cathy, Colleen and family. So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Yvonne Le Jeune
To Brenda, Cindy & Family so sorry to here of your mother passing may all the memories and time you shared together get you through this most difficult time you are in my thoughts and prayers take care god bless.
Cindy, we are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless. Kay, Arlene and Ashlynn
My deepest condolences Cindy & family on the loss of your precious mother. Forever in your hearts! 🙏🏻❤️
Cathy , Fay and all the butler family .so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Sending condolences from nancy and myself , may she rest peacefully with your dad
Our deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of your dear mother. Our thoughts and prayers to the family
Condolences on the passing of your mother.
To Cathy, Colleen, Cindy, Cheryl, Donnie, Brenda, Shane & Families
So sorry to here of your mother passing. May all the memories and
time you shared together get you through this most difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers take care & god bless. Fly high with the angels Carmel 💔
Deepest sympathy, many shoes & sneakers she helped my mom find in Archie’s basement. With 10 of us. We kept Carmel busy, always so pleasant & nice to us kids.
Doddy & Bobby Keel
Cindy, Cathy, Colleen and family. So sorry to hear about your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace.
Cathy,Cindy and all family members
Our sincerest sympathies to all of you on the passing of your wonderful mother…We knew Carmel in our younger days in Irish Cove..Spent lots of days coasting on the hills..Always enjoyed Carmel’s Birthday parties in June..Lots of Goodies for everyone…It was always a pleasure to talk with her Cindy at your Hair Salon..We would do catch up and talk about our Fun times in Irish Cove…And Stan saw her often through their work at the Court House…She will surely be missed…..Sincerely Stan&Margaret (Cash) Campbell
To the Butler Family
My deepest condolences to each of you in the loss of your mother. Carmel was a wonderful women who loved her family dearly. I have very fond memories of her and loved hearing her many stories. She will be greatly missed
My deepest condolences to all the children of Carmel, my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. When you lose your mom she does not go alone asa piece of your hearts go with her.R.I.P. Carmel.💔💔🙏🙏❤️❤️
My sincere condolences to your family on the loss of your mom, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family was so very important to her.
To the Butler family and my dear friend Brenda… we are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you all. Know that your parents are finally together and searching for a Great Lake to fish.
Kathy and family I am at a lost for words. My most deepest condolences to everyone. I will always remember the kindness shown to me when I need a friend so long ago. Thoughts and prayers are going to you all
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you bid farewell to an amazing woman. Carmel and her family were wonderful neighbours for 46 years on Henry St. Your mom and our mom were great clothes line buddies. Always caught up on the latest news and gossip between the hedge. Lol She was a loving and kind woman to whom her family was her world.
We pray your memories of good times will help you all through the hard times. Our deepest condolences to you all.
God Bless, The Mollon Family
Our sincere sympathy Cindy and family in the loss of your Mom, grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hugs💕
Our Condolence. In our thoughts and prayers. The Savoy Family.
Our deepest condolences to each of you in the loss of your beautiful mother.She was a very kind and loving person.We have a lot of fond memories of her .Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .Hugs!
Sincere condolence Cindy@Brenda on the loss of your Mom.
Cheryl, Cindy & The Butler Family,
My Condolence on the passing of your mom.She was a lovely lady.Your memories will live on & her spirit will live through you .God Bless.
Carmel was an exceptional woman. She was kind hearted and very generous spending many hours knitting to give or donate to others. She was very caring, calling often to see how my husband was during his illness. She had a good sense of humour and was very open minded. You never had to guess what she was thinking. I always enjoyed my visits with her. She was my “Buddy” and I will miss her very much.
May your memories comfort you in the days ahead. Think of the joy you brought her before she departed. I can still see her feet keeping time to the music.
Rest In Peace my dear friend, you will always be in my heart.
My sincerest condolences to the Butler family on your mother’s passing. I will be forever grateful for her dedication and commitment to cadets and will remeber her fondly for the wonderful memories she created for me personally while I was in wrenettes and sea cadets. May you all find some comfort in your fondest memories too!
Cathy, siblings, and family,
So sorry to hear of Carmel’s passing. Such great childhood memories of her. Mom and her were great friends, as you and I were, Cathy. I remember her wonderful potato fudge and I always mention it to others. She was a wonderful woman who gave her all. Sincere condolences from Greg and I. Rest easy, Carmel.
Cathy and all the family
Our deepest condolences to each of you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time
Mary & Roddie