Valdric “Butch” T. Cilley
Butch T. Cilley, 62, of Princeton, passed away unexpectedly June 16th, while lending a helping hand - a gesture that wasn’t out of the ordinary for someone so caring. Butch was born in Calais, ME to father, Allard Cilley, and mother, Carolyn (MacArthur) Cilley, whom he adored and loved so deeply.
Butch was known for his way of socializing - he could make friends wherever he went, due to his kind nature and contagious laugh. Many friends were made while working at his brother’s gas station here in town, and also during his 19 years of employment at the Woodland mill as a crane operator.
Family, friends, and especially his kids and grandkids meant everything to Butch, as he always worried about others and what he could do for them. Day to day, you could see Butch enjoying the simple joys of life: from perch fishing at the bridge, feeding the deer, cruising down the dirt roads, tending to his lawn to make it look perfect, sitting by the fireplace listening to his favorite music, and taking over the dance floor at any occasion! Butch was very proud of his two Ford pickups that his granddaughter Avry had named Wilbur and Wilma. The kids in town will always remember him as the guy who handed out the king-sized candy bars for Halloween, something Butch looked forward to every year. One Halloween he even gave all the kids a piece of wax, to put the “trick” back in trick-or-treating, all in good fun. No matter where, when, or how, Butch was sure to make someone smile and that is how he will be remembered.
Butch was predeceased by his baby boy, little Lucas; parents, Allard and Carolyn; brothers, Perry and Lonny Cilley; and nephew, Joshua Cilley.
He is now survived by daughter, Jessica Cilley, daughter of Robyn Smith, and granddaughters Faith and Camryn; daughter, Shelby Cilley, daughter of Carrie (Bailey) Cilley, granddaughter Avry and grandson Dominic; brother Steven and wife Cathy; brother Craig and wife Kim; sister Tina and husband Don; sister Lois and husband John; best friend and most recent companion, Linda MacArthur, along with her family that he loved like his own; very special friend Gilly Matheson of Dennysville; Eastern Cut Off Road friend Bob Ferry; an abundance of nieces and nephews, as well as numerous cousins, friends, and many more he cared for dearly.
A graveside service will be held at the Princeton Cemetery Friday, June 25th at noon - please bring your own chair if you would like to sit for the service. There will be a celebration of life to follow, held at Butch’s beloved fireplace at his home in Princeton, on the corner of Main St. and Eastern Cut Off Rd. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.