Topsfield — Lester A. "Les" Butt, 96, recently of Topsfield and longtime resident of Revere, died on January 12, 2013, following a stroke. He was the beloved husband of Genevieve "Gen" Ash Butt, who died on August 10, 2012.
Les' late parents, Bertha Thistle Butt and Moses Butt, were born in Newfoundland. As young adults they moved to the United States and settled in the Chelsea/Revere area. Les and Gen knew each other their entire lives and were friends during childhood. Their friendship turned to love, and while Les was in the Army during World War II, they married on March 7, 1942, at Revere Methodist Church. That love and marriage lasted for more than seventy years.
In February 1941, Les enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country until July 1945. He was seriously injured during his military duties and was an honorably discharged disabled veteran. The city of Revere recognized his enlistment by presenting Les with a special ring. Les was a member of the American Legion, Revere, Post No. 61, and a graduate of Revere High School.
After his military service Les worked for Happy Home Bakery, then changed careers and entered the banking field, working at Chelsea Savings Bank, Chelsea, and continuing his education with courses in the banking field. His final career was with the United States Postal Service, working at the Revere, South Boston and Charlestown Post Offices and on the mail train from Boston to New York, his favorite job.
For sixty years, Les and Gen happily resided together in Revere in a home built for them at 234 Vane Street by Les’ brother-in-law, Chet Reynolds. They had wonderful neighbors who became lifelong friends. Retirement gave Les time to tend to his gardening and he had a spectacular flower garden in Revere. He thoroughly enjoyed caring for his flowers, grapevines, vegetables and trees, of which he planted many. Starting at age ninety-three he entered his vegetables in competition at the Topsfield Fair where he won many ribbons. September 2012, at age 96, he won seven ribbons for his vegetables and was looking forward to his 2013 garden, planning this time to plant mostly flowers in his wife's memory.