Thomas “Tom” Butterfield passed away peacefully on June 26, 2021, at the age of 75.
Born on February 11, 1946, and raised in Merrick, N.Y., Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Marcella Butterfield. He is survived by his wife, Irene; three daughters, Christin (Wayne), Alex (Malcolm), and Lauren (Matt), a grandson, Carson; and two siblings, Christi and Patti (Carol).
Tom honored faith, family, and friends in his life. He was dedicated to the Blacksburg community from the moment he began attending Virginia Tech as a member of the Corps of Cadets. Tom remained at Tech after graduation and served as the art director at Squires Student Center, establishing the Perspective Art Gallery in 1970.
An artist and a craftsman, Tom used his talents to create a variety of artwork including the Town of Blacksburg logo and the liturgical furnishings for St. Mary’s Catholic Church. His longstanding commitment to the Catholic community included both the Newman Community and St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he helped establish the Men’s Bible Study.
Tom enjoyed kayaking with close friends on the rivers of South Carolina (the Low Country).
The family will be having a private service. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests offerings be made in his honor to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family on McCoy Funeral Home’s website at www.mccoyfuneralhome.com.