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Keith Butler

1920-1977

Keith Butler

Keith Butler was born in 1920 in Waterloo, Ontario, and served as a Lieutenant with the Algonquin Regiment, 4th Division. In Normandy, during the Battle for the Falaise Gap, he was severely wounded in action by a German .88 shell, resulting in the loss of his right leg above the knee and a disability in his remaining leg.

With The War Amps, he was an active member and held many executive positions, including:

  • Member (1949-1977) and National Vice-President (1965), National Council
  • President, The War Amps (1971-1975)
  • Immediate Past President, The War Amps
  • Member and Committee Chairman, Key Tag Advisory Committee
  • Founding Member, Waterloo-Wellington Branch

Mr. Butler was at the core of the developments that brought war disability pensions in parity with the public service.

Awards:

  • Meritorious Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Distinguished Service Membership, The War Amps

He had an abiding interest in politics and served as a Member of Provincial Parliament in the Ontario legislature in the 1960s.

Mr. Butler was elected President of the Association in 1971. His involvement in The War Amps and his work in advancing the interests of its members and their families has been described as legendary.

He earned the Meritorious Service Membership and Distinguished Service Membership awards for his contributions to the Association.

Mr. Butler passed away on July 30, 1977.

Awards:

  • Meritorious Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Distinguished Service Membership, The War Amps