John Butler

Obituary of John Butler

John G. Butler (Jack), 91, died peacefully at home on March 8, 2018.  He was with his beloved wife of 68 years, Loretta. Jack was born in Newark, the youngest of five children, born to Irish immigrant parents.  Jack graduated from Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Seton Hall Law School. While in school, Jack was an accomplished runner, winning a gold medal in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.  Jack served during World War II in the Army Air Force, where he trained as a pilot. While raising three children with Loretta, Jack worked various jobs to pay the bills. He climbed poles for Public Service, loaded trucks for Firestone Tire Company, and then became a claims adjuster for Glen Falls Insurance Company. In that capacity, Jack met an attorney who was so impressed with his skills that he gave him one hundred dollars and urged him to enroll in law school.  Jack enrolled in law school and attended at night for six years. Jack went on to found a law practice located in Union, New Jersey. He was admitted to practice before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. He was also the president of the Union Township Lawyer's Club. Jack lived the American Dream with Loretta raising his family in Westfield and Long Beach Island. He was predeceased by his son, Richard B. Butler

  Jack was the beloved husband of Loretta Lynch Butler; cherished father of Carolyn Butler Norton, (Alan Singer), John G. Butler, (Coleen Gallagher Butler), and daughter in law Christine Sprague Butler. Jack was the adored grandfather of Kelly Norton Kraft, Bayley Siobhan Sharma, Delaney Maeve Butler, Erik David Butler and Justin Bryan Butler.  Jack also experienced the joy of becoming a great grandfather hours before he died when Aiden Randall Kraft was born. Jack was an avid golfer and had a love of the written word, often quoting myriad writers including William Shakespeare and Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Jack was truly a friend to all and will be missed by many.

   A funeral mass will be offered on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Saint Luke's Roman Catholic Church in Toms River at 10:30 AM. Condolences may be sent by visiting