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Butt, William "Buddy" J. -

William "Buddy" J. Butt

Perry Hall - On Jan. 2, William J. “Buddy” Butt, 93, of Perry Hall passed away. He was the unofficial “mayor” of Perry Hall, a founder of the Perry Hall Improvement Association and a leader of many civic projects, including the construction of the first Perry Hall library in 1963.

Buddy was born March 30, 1921, when Perry Hall was known as Germantown, in his family home at the corner of Cross and Forge roads. He attended St. Joseph’s School and enjoyed swimming at Pot Rock in the Gunpowder River when he was not helping tend the family farm.

He worked as a huckster, selling produce along a street route that included the Glenn L. Martin aircraft factory and, eventually, areas as far west as Loch Raven Village. He retired in March of 1988, but continued to make fruit baskets as part of a “Pride of Germantown” business. He was a longtime member of the Kingsville-Perry Hall Lions Club. More about his life can be found in his autobiography, printed this year, titled “Buddy: A Life Well Lived.”

Councilman David Marks, who knew Buddy as “a dear friend,” commented, “I will miss him dearly. He will always be Perry Hall’s ‘mayor,’ a beloved figure who, despite his diminuative size, was truly a giant in the life of our community.”

Buddy was the beloved husband of Marie E. Butt (nee Klausmeier); devoted father of Wanda Streett and her husband James; loving brother of Elizabeth “Sis” Lee, Andrew Butt and the late Simon and Edward Butt. State Senator Kathy Klausmeier is his niece. He’s also survived by two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held at the E.F. Lassahn Funeral Home in Kingsville on Jan. 4 and 5, and on Jan. 6 at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Perry Hall, where a funeral service followed. Interment St. Michael Lutheran Church. Contributions may be made to St. Michael Lutheran Church, 9534 Belair Road, Baltimore MD 21236.