NI Member, Captain Nigel Butterfield passed away on August 25th 2014.
Nigel passed away peacefully at Crossroads Hospice after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by his parents, Martin and Emily Butterfield, Nigel will be lovingly remembered by his wife Carol, his two daughters, Nicola and Rachel (Gary Gladue), his sister, Gillian (John Cornish) Dorset, UK, his sister in law Tina (Kevin Hunt) and their two sons, Steven (Shane) and Michael.
Nigel was born in England and raised in Tanganyika and Kenya.He attended Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton, UK, and obtained his Master's Foreign Going Certificate. He worked his way through the ranks to becoming Chief Officer on Clan Line vessels from Europe to South and East Africa in 1973.
He later served as Master for Land, Marine and Salvage vessels, Causeway Adventurer and Causeway Salvor out of Cape Town and later on out of Chile. Of notable interest was his heroic tow of the Swedish Passenger Ship, the Linblad Explorer, which had been caught on an ice flow in Antarctica. The ship had already been rescued by a Russian tug but left disabled at King George V Island because of discrepancies between the nations.
Nigel and Carol and their two daugnters immigrated to Canada in1987. Nigel worked for Herring Caleb Brett from 1987 to 1991 when he joined the BC Supercargoes Association. One of 36 Supercargoes working on the West Coast ne was responsible for the loading at cargoes on ships returning to various parts of Asia.
During his four year battle he never complained about his condition. He volunteered for every Clinical Trial offered at the BC Cancer Agency and even underwent a painful bone biopsy knowing that the chances of it benefitting him were slim. His philosophy was always that even if the research didn't help him it could potentially help someone else.
Nigel and Carol enjoyed travelling and went on a number of cruises. The first night on one such cruise they were "twisting" away to the sound of the Beatles, when unknown to them, they had become part of a competition which was later broadcast on the Cruise ship's TV station. Last year they both returned to their African roots by visiting South Africa where they caught up with old triends and visited three game parks. it was a memorable trip.
Nigel retired in 2010 and spent his time working on his model railway, creating a beautiful garden and volunteering in the community notably with Hyde Creek Watershed Society. Nigel touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Cremation has taken place and his remains have been interned at the Port Coquitlam Cemetery. in lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (Advanced Prostate Cancer Centre) in his name wouid be appreciated.