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Himmelman; St. Clair Eugene “Butch”

Posted By Obits On May 14, 2017 @ 6:10 pm In Obituaries | 82 Comments

Himmelman, St. Clair Eugene “Butch”; 73, of Port l’Hebert passed away on Saturday, May 13th, 2017, at Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Tufts Cove, he was a son of the late Stanley and Edith (Gardner) Himmelman.

Butch was a lobster fisherman for the better part of sixty years, going to sea at the age of eleven. Music had a very special place in his heart. Butch enjoyed playing guitar, singing with his wife Marlene at Church, Bluegrass Festivals or anytime the opportunity presented itself. He enjoyed trout fishing, traveling with the Nashville boys, camping, and riding his Harley. Butch devoted many hours over the years to the local toy run. Above all else, Butch was most passionate about his family & friends and spending time with them.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene; daughters, Annette (Chester) Hallett, of Birchtown, Dorothy Himmelman, of Red Deer, Alberta; grandchildren, Colby, Bailey; son-in-law, Willie Benham; sisters, Doris (Al) Labour, Mary (Willie) Nickerson, both of Port l’Hebert, Rose (Gene) Stewart, of Allendale, Cecilia (Alfred) Jones, of Osborne; brothers, Jim (Ollie), Ernie (Barb), Earl (Connie), Roy (Molly), all of Port l’Hebert, Gary, of Shubenacadie; and his best buddy, Bear Dog.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Amanda; sisters, Pearl and Thelma.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., from Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 19th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., from the First Ragged Islands – Osborne Baptist Church, followed by a reception. Reverend Melvin Wheaton officiating. Burial will be in Lockeport Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations may be made to First Ragged Islands – Osborne Baptist Church, Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Canadian Diabetes Association. To share memories or condolences please visit www.chandlersfuneral.com

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Condolence from Ivan & Marilyn Huskins on May 14th, 2017 7:39 pm

To Marlene & Family

We are truly sorry to hear about the passing of ” Butch ”.
He lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed life in what he did.
He will surely be missed and by everyone who knew him.
God Bless all of you at this difficult time. R.I.P. Butch.

Condolence from Amy on May 14th, 2017 7:40 pm

Wow what can i say but one if the best!!! Always welcomed anyone with open arms and a love for his wife everyone would wish for great times great music and AWESOME family never for get those great time!!! I cam stoll hear him singing “i hear the train a comin!!! Thinking of all of u guys at this time

Condolence from Lorrie Wolfe on May 14th, 2017 7:45 pm

My sincere sympathy to Marlene and family

Condolence from Dale and Sue Verge on May 14th, 2017 8:05 pm

Marlene and family….So sorry to hear of Butch passing ..he was a great man and will be missed .Our prayers and thoughts are with you and family.

Condolence from Shawn labour on May 14th, 2017 8:29 pm

I just found out about butch he was a great kind hearted man and at one point he was like santa clause to me I could not Waite till the summer to see him come riding on one of his bikes it was like Christmas. Not many people can say that they were the life of party but every time he came to English hr east he would just brighten up the place . From playing guitar and all the old stories he was one of the best and unforgettable men that I got the privilege of knowing and calling him my friend. My toughts and payers go out to all of family and love ones he will be missed. Rip butch hammer down …..

Condolence from JOHN LEEFE on May 14th, 2017 8:45 pm

Nancy and I are sorry to learn of Butch’s passing. The last while has certainly been challenging for him all the while supported by his loving family and many friends. He will be well remembered by all of us who shared life’s path with him.

Condolence from Gerald and Joyce Seamone on May 14th, 2017 8:45 pm

Gerald and I are so sad to hear of the passing of Butch. He was a wonderful man and we shared many a good laugh. He will be remembered by all who knew him. I got to know him through music, something he loved to be a part of. Our sincere condolences to all. Joyce and Gerald Seamone

Condolence from Doris Townsend on May 14th, 2017 8:47 pm

I’m so sorry Maggy Annette and poopsie and all the family for your loss I know there nothing I can say to ease your pain but I am thinking of you all love and prayers xo

Condolence from Shirley n Irving woodworth on May 14th, 2017 8:47 pm

So sorry for your loss , love n prayers.

Condolence from Glenn Ward on May 14th, 2017 9:13 pm

Very sorry to hear of Butch passing, my sincere sympathy.

Condolence from Barb and Phillip Macdonald on May 14th, 2017 9:38 pm

Marlene and girls. So very sorry for your loss we send you prayers .He is at peace now no more pain please accept our condolences

Condolence from Kayla on May 14th, 2017 9:55 pm

I’ll never forget all the times we shared together Uncle Butch i love you forever

Condolence from Sandy and Bill Craig on May 14th, 2017 10:15 pm

Prayers and thoughts are with you all. Butch was such a talented man and such a big part of Port l’Hebert history. ❤️

Condolence from Jason Lyle on May 14th, 2017 10:17 pm

Very sad to hear of Butch’s passing. Used to like talking to him up at Les and Lizzies. He will be missed.

Jason and Danine Lyle and Family

Condolence from Bruce Theriau on May 14th, 2017 10:46 pm

To the Himmelman Family

So sorry to hear of Butchs’ passing.

Condolence from Beulah Wolfe on May 14th, 2017 11:23 pm

So sorry to hear about your loved one. Rest in peace dear friend. Sending you hugs.

Condolence from Ernest Morash on May 15th, 2017 12:03 am

For many years Port Le’Herbert was my second home. I spent many of my summer vacation with my mom going from one aunt and uncle’s house to the other. All of which I loved but like many of your friends and family Uncle Butch most of my favorite times were spent listening to you tell your Tales of your fishing trips the ones you had and the ones that got away and all those nights we gathered at you and Aunt Mag’s place listening to you Aunt mag and pretty much everyone in the family sit around your living room or out in your yard playing in singing music, sharing drinks camping stores and you telling us all of your Journeys that you’ve been on. My childhood is filled with so many memories so many stories so much happiness laughter and a majority of it came from you Uncle Butch and although I never got the time or the chance to say it to you thank you for making this nephew feel so loved and special! I’ll end with these as I could go on for hours but obviously can’t so “I’m going to pull a Hank Snow and be moving on”the same words you always spoke to Aunt mag whenever you were ready to leave. We will all miss you so very much!A piece of her heart has left with you! So until we meet again Rest in peace Uncle Butch! I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART

Condolence from Patricia Darlene Davis on May 15th, 2017 12:04 am


Condolence from Mary Anne ( Joudrey) Tourangeau on May 15th, 2017 1:16 am

I am so sorry to hear of Butchs passing, I remember the fun times we all had, sending hugs to all. God Bless.

Condolence from Barb & Ernie on May 15th, 2017 5:30 am

Magg, Annette and Poopsie I’m so sorry to have heard the news. I turned right cold when I heard. He’s at peace now and not suffering. Love and hugs to you all.

Condolence from Chrissie & Normie Knock on May 15th, 2017 6:45 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you while we have saddened hearts of the loss of a friend. Butch was certainly one of a kind and we along with many others will miss him. One thing I know is that he will be in the Lords choir with his wonderful gift of music.

Condolence from sylvia on May 15th, 2017 7:41 am

so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing’ RIP my friend;

Condolence from Junior Williams on May 15th, 2017 8:31 am

I’ve enjoyed playing music with Butch over the years. He will be sadly missed.

Condolence from Robert and Vivian Lloyd on May 15th, 2017 8:33 am

To all the family of Butch ~ we feel your pain and loss, he was a good man with a kind and loving soul. He will be missed by all who knew him but remembered with a smile and the sound of his music…. life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be, a resting place along the road to sweet eternity. prayers and hugs go out to you all ~ Spike and Vivian

Condolence from kathy williams on May 15th, 2017 8:48 am

I am so sorry to hear about butch hugs to you all

Condolence from Ross and Darlene Roy on May 15th, 2017 9:04 am

So sorry to hear about the loss of Butch. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. R.I.P BUTCH

Condolence from Peter Bowers’s on May 15th, 2017 9:17 am

Sorry to here of your lose

Condolence from Richard Aaron Broughm & Helen on May 15th, 2017 9:34 am

so sorry for the family’s loss. Butch and I had some real good times together. Will certainly miss him Rick & Helen

Condolence from Donna and Ian Denison on May 15th, 2017 9:37 am

Marlene, Annette, Dorothy, Colby – so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. He will be missed, but he’s no longer in pain. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Hugs – Donna and Ian

Condolence from Walter & Noreen MacDonald on May 15th, 2017 9:38 am

So sorry to hear of the Butch’s passing.

Condolence from Ray & Evey Wolfe on May 15th, 2017 9:51 am

Sorry for loss Buchanan was a good person

Condolence from Sheila Huskins on May 15th, 2017 9:53 am

To all of Butch’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. So many good times with Butch & all of you. You’re all in my Prayers.

Condolence from Virginia & David on May 15th, 2017 9:56 am

Marlene & all the family, You have suffered a great loss. Butch was one of a kind he sure will be missed. My deepest sympathies to all.

Condolence from gloria and harry on May 15th, 2017 10:20 am

so sorry for your loss, just heard, he was a great fellow, loved his family and his dog and music

Condolence from Claudia (Nickerson) Royer on May 15th, 2017 10:41 am

So sorry for your loss. I knew Butch as a fellow classmate at West Head School. Walked to school many times with him and his siblings whomI remember very well. He was always a very kind person to me, even in elementary school. I know he will be missed but only for awhile..we will all meet again. My God bless and keep you all, cause His Face to shine upon you, ..give you grace and peace. Claudia ( Nickrson) Royer

Condolence from Susan Dean on May 15th, 2017 10:43 am

Mary and Will: So sorry to hear Butch passed. I know how close you were and want you to know I am thinking of you. Hugs. Susan Dean

Condolence from Gigi & Lawrence Matthews , Osborne Road on May 15th, 2017 10:48 am

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on. My condolences.

Condolence from Philip and Holly Smith on May 15th, 2017 11:12 am

Dear Roy, Molly and family,
It was so sad to read this news today. We know your brother was a huge part of your lives and all of Port LeHerbert’s folks.
He leaves behind a legacy of kindness and wonderful memories. We will be thinking of you all in the hard days ahead.
Holly and Philip

Condolence from Patricia Prevost on May 15th, 2017 11:13 am

So sorry to hear of Butch passing ,he was a wonderful man ,he will truly be missed ,my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time, may God give you all peace and comfort, and strengthen you day by day. RIP Butch

Condolence from Philip and Daisy Broome on May 15th, 2017 11:14 am

We were so very sorry to hear of Butchs’ passing,we remember him rumbling into Hibernia campground on his bike with his guitar on his back to play a few tunes,Our sincere condolences to all the family

Condolence from Eric and Darlene Manuel on May 15th, 2017 12:29 pm

sending our deepest sympathy to Marlene and family Butch was a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him and his music are prayers are with you

Condolence from John and Karen Henley on May 15th, 2017 12:31 pm

Dear Marlene and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing.You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Condolence from Elaine Whitehouse on May 15th, 2017 1:55 pm

Marlene I am so sorry to hear about Butch… I had no idea that he was sick… We are praying for you and the family…Love Elaine (Townsend) Whitehouse.

Condolence from Sherry Ward on May 15th, 2017 1:55 pm

So sorry to hear about Butch. I often think of the good times we all had while camping with my mom & dad down by the water. He will be missed.

Condolence from Bernice & George Arnold on May 15th, 2017 2:14 pm

George and I wish to send our sincere condolences. We loved Butch like part of our family. I wish we could be there to say goodbye and hug everyone. Prayers and tears go with this note. Marlene, lots of love sent from us, we love you.you have such a wonderful family. We are proud to have had you and “Bear Paw” as friends. R.I.P. Butch

Condolence from Carl & Marie Davis on May 15th, 2017 3:12 pm

We met Butch when we moved back to the area and enjoyed his friendship and his music very much. He was a very kind and thoughtful man and we became very fond of him. He will be sadly missed . Our Love and condolences go out to Marlene and family.

Condolence from Colleen and Timothy Roy on May 15th, 2017 3:13 pm

Marlene and Family
We are sending our deepest sympathy to you and the girls. Hold your memories close to your heart and he will always be with you.

Condolence from Dennis & Sherri Harrington on May 15th, 2017 3:58 pm

Sending our sincere condolences to the family.
Take care

Condolence from john and molly inness on May 15th, 2017 4:39 pm

so sorry to hear of your loss,our thoughts and prayers are with you…may BUTCH rest in peace

Condolence from George and Linda Rennehan on May 15th, 2017 5:27 pm

Marlene (Missus as Butch so lovingly called you) and family, So very sorry to hear about Butch’s passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Russell Mann on May 15th, 2017 6:06 pm

So sorry to hear about Butch, he was a kind an great man, loved chatting with him long ago, sorry I didn’t get to do it again, my best to all the family

Condolence from MARILYN WHYNOT (DRUGSTORE pHARMACY ) on May 15th, 2017 6:26 pm


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Condolence from Donald and Judy Joudrey. on May 15th, 2017 8:26 pm

So sorry to about Butch I send my condolences to Marlene and family .

Condolence from Michele Allison on May 15th, 2017 9:13 pm

So sorry to hear. My deepest condolences.

Condolence from Charlie & Betty-Anne Gaetz on May 15th, 2017 9:21 pm

Marlene – Thinking of you and your family with love and tears during this very sad time. The least that can be said of Butch is that he ‘lived life to the fullest’ and used up ‘more than his nine lives’….all those stories and memories we have all shared will become more precious now that there will be no more… especially those of the Nashville trips and your visits with friends in Musquodoboit Harbour..

Condolence from Catherine and Lawrence Hatt on May 16th, 2017 5:16 am

To the Himmelman Family we are sorry to hear about Butch. Our family enjoyed his music and listened when we could. He was very pleasant and friendly and always had a smile on his face. To Roy and Molly its hard to lose a brother and wish I could reach out and give you both hugs. Our hearts are with you at this time.

Condolence from Cindy on May 16th, 2017 6:20 am

Oh Marlene!
I hope you find comfort in Knowing that both you and Butch touched so many hearts. He will be missed dearly. My prayers are with you in theses days ahead. And my heart is filled with sadness. Hugs. My dear sweet lady.

Condolence from Donnie Shortliffe on May 16th, 2017 7:13 am

Marlene. Sorry to hear about Butch. He was a good friend and a great guitar player. He will be missed.

Condolence from Bev and Bruce Redden on May 16th, 2017 7:15 am

Marlene words can not express how saddened we were to hear about Butch .He was a great guy Love and hugs to you and your family keeping you all in our prayers

Condolence from Leona Simon on May 16th, 2017 7:32 am

My heart is heavy with sadness to learn that Butch is gone. May he rest in peace. May his love and many happy memories help his family carry on until they meet again.

With our deepest sympathy,
Lee & Gregg Simon

Condolence from Bob and Vicki Roach on May 16th, 2017 10:03 am

Bob and I were saddened to hear of Butch’s passing. He was a lovely man; funny and talented. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Condolence from Wayne & Staff on May 16th, 2017 10:05 am

The Staff of Roseway Chrysler wish to pass along their condolences to Marlene and Family at this most difficult time. Butch was a great guy and will surely be missed by all who knew him.

Condolence from Pastors Wayne and Tanya Dooks on May 16th, 2017 10:15 am

It was a joy to know Butch, to share music with him on occasion, to laugh together, and to share times of prayer together.
He will be missed, but not lost. “Till we meet again!”

Condolence from Elmer ,Lillian and Alden wagner on May 16th, 2017 10:16 am

We are saddened to hear about passing of butch we would like to send prayers and thoughts to you all at this time . Butch was a great man and will be dearly missed . With deepest condolences to all the family .from Elmer and Lillian and Alden wagner they will miss their camping buddy.

Condolence from Sandy Pelley on May 16th, 2017 12:07 pm

Dear Meg and families ,I can”t find the words to express so sorry I am for your loss,and all that knew and loved him.So many hills and bends in the road of life ,this is the hardest of all.The Himmelman family are strong family unit so hold tight to each other and keep the memories close .Condolences to all .God Bless.

Condolence from SHEILA & GRAEME STUART on May 16th, 2017 2:03 pm

Marlene & Family, So sorry to hear of Butchs’ passing. He will surely be missed by family, friends and all who knew him. May you find comfort knowing so many people care at this sad time. Hugs

Condolence from Lana, paul and Brandon on May 16th, 2017 8:52 pm

Sincere condolences to the family, we are thinking of you all at this most difficult time.

Lana and Paul Bowers
Brandon Grezaud

Condolence from Lorimer and Evelyn on May 16th, 2017 9:01 pm

Thinking of you at this sad time … Hugs

Condolence from Wendy Lynn and Fred Reeves on May 16th, 2017 10:54 pm

Marlene and girls we are so sorry to hear about Butch, it breaks my heart. We had many a good laughs over the years and he was always such a great guy. Would do anything to help you out. Going to miss jammin and singing with him. May he now RIP Hugs and prayers go out to all his family. I am sorry we cannot make the service but Marlene I hope you understand why.

Condolence from John Theriau and Patty Peach on May 17th, 2017 1:08 am

Himmelman family;
We were sorry to hear of Butch’s passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Brenda Dexter on May 17th, 2017 12:30 pm

So sorry for your loss, he was a great friend from long ago and will be surely missed by all who ever came in contact with him.

Condolence from Curtis & Nancy Daury on May 17th, 2017 1:29 pm

To all of the Himmelman family

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Butch. Curtis enjoyed his fishing time with Butch and talks often of the nice people in your little community. Remember the good times and it will help you get through this difficult time.

Condolence from Tom, Aina Jo, and Tracy Jo Barnwell on May 17th, 2017 5:17 pm

We were crush to hear of Butch’s passing. He and I were the same age, but I did not know him until after I started coming back to Jordan Falls 15 years ago. We met him soon after and found though we had lived our lives very differently in very different places, we still had much in common: traditional bluegrass music, guitars, a love of old vocal styles, and wives who could sing the old style harmonies. We shared so many good times, playing music off and (occasionally) on stage. We were hoping for more. His life was such a gift! We miss him so much.

Condolence from Dana on May 18th, 2017 9:07 am

To all the family sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences are with you guys

Condolence from Gerry & Paulette on May 18th, 2017 3:53 pm

Marlene, girls and families – our heartfelt condolences go out to each and every one of you. Hugs

Condolence from Lynn M. Atton on May 18th, 2017 7:31 pm

It was with deep shock and sadness when we heard of the passing of our dear friend, Butch. Butch shone with genuine warmth and caring for his wife Marlene and to everyone he came in contact with. I will always remember the positive encouragement Butch gave to me to continue playing my music. We have lost a truly great friend (and resemblance of my brother). We share your sorrow and pain Marlene. Please feel our love and warm hugs to you Marlene and your family. R.I.P. Butch

Condolence from Lisa Tarr on May 20th, 2017 11:41 pm

It is with great sadness to have learned that Butch had passed away.

Butch was an amazing man who lived life to the foolest. His eyes just beamed when he spoke about his family.

I will fondly remember your sense of humour. Especially, the day that we got to paint your toenails. You were such a good sport. You talked about that for a longtime.

Butch you may be gone. At least you are now free from your pain.

I will miss our chats.

Marlene and family we are thinking of you.

Condolence from Gordie & Alice Robicheau on May 23rd, 2017 12:55 pm

Very sorry for your loss. We met Butch at the Lockport Campground. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by so many people. Gordie was very proud to have the chance to play music with him at the Herring dues at Charlie and Betty’s home and at the campground.

Gordie & Alice Robicheau
Chezzetcook, NS

Condolence from Scott Manuel on May 25th, 2017 11:25 pm

I just learned the terrible news today that the world has lost another truly great man. Meg, my heart breaks for you and your family. You and Butch were there for us, and for me, whenever we needed someone to share the good times or help us through the bad. I am sorry that I was not there for Butch’s service, I only heard today. I am shocked and deeply saddened. I thought the world of Butch. I remember going for a ride on his 1500 Gold Wing in St. Margaret’s Bay and have so many other fond memories. I have the stone he gave me at mom’s funeral in January. It meant a lot to me then and I will cherish it always. You, and the whole family, are in the thoughts and prayers of my whole family, and I.

Condolence from Dirk van Loon on June 4th, 2017 4:59 am

Sandy Bay
June 4,2017

Meg, our thoughts and sympathies are with you at this dark time in your life. Time does heal, but slowly.

Butch was positive and generous and had a huge appetite for life that he took in in great gulps. He was — and will always be — a large and important part of this community. He left us all with many fond memories. Some make us think and others make us smile when they come to mind.

One of my earliest memories is of Butch attacking the engine on his boat — must have been 40 years ago. Maybe more. It was probably the end of the first day of lobstering and he was at the wharf with the hatch back as he worked to fix a carburetor. He’d grab some hunk of apparatus on the carb, haul it off, take a look, and say — “No use for that!” — and fire it away.

He knew better than any downtown mechanic what the carburetor had to do and what extra bits served no purpose on a boat.

I see Butch on his bike, upright like a king riding a mighty steed, a cigarette between his lips as if he were anywhere but cruising down the road. How did he manage to keep that butt going in the wind?

There were other mysteries, like playing his guitar, picking a tune with hands so powerful and fingers so wide it was a wonder he could fret less than four strings at a time. But they did, and he made beautiful music that brought pleasure to so many, many people over the years.

Thanks for sharing this big man.

Condolence from Stephen Munroe on June 16th, 2017 10:28 am

So sorry for your loss my condolences from my family to yours. I met Butch when I used to go to Hibernia campground and enjoyed playing some music with him!

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