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Remembering 'Mr. Butch'

A selection of the hundreds of online guest-book tributes to the Allston and Kenmore Square icon since his death Thursday

July 13, 2007

I worked a graveyard shift job one year while living about a block or so off Harvard and Brighton. Sometimes dragging my feet home from the Green line or the 66 at 8:30 in the morning, Mr. Butch would be out and about ... I dunno how to describe it ... just dancing with all around him I guess. Who knew if he had even slept those mornings, but even at that time of day, considered "ungodly" by most Allston dwellers; but those times I saw him he was as alive as he always was. My early a.m. foot dragging got a spring in them those mornings.

Marty Boyden (Philadelphia, PA)

July 13, 2007

I met Butch when I was just a kid, new in town. I could measure my life by run-ins with Mr. Butch, passing in and out of the city, shaking his enormous hands. After a few years living somewhere else, I would know I was home when I ran into Butch. The streets won't be the same without the mayor of Kenmore Square.

Rest in Peace, old friend

Heather Morgan (Cambridge, MA)

July 13, 2007

Mr. Butch was as much a part of Allston as the Twin Donuts, Hurley's Liquors or the Squealing B line. He was a good man and will be missed. Today we should mourn all the passing of a king.

Farewell Mr. Butch.

Douglas (Allston, MA)

July 13, 2007

When I first moved to Boston and went out to my first rock show in Kenmore Square, I worried about getting back home. A friend who grew up in the area told me: "Don't worry! Mr. Butch watches out for the ladies in Kenmore. Nothing bad will happen if he's around!" Boston already misses you greatly.

Amanda (Jamaica Plain, MA)

July 13, 2007

Ah Mr. Butch. I got to make you one of your Mr. Butch shirts. You were more than a roommate for two years. Thank you for teaching me to live simply and to love people. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, your heart, your songs, your laughter. A big man, you lived large and lived well. You gave more than you took, you stuck to your principles and look at the legacy you leave - so many lives touched and enriched by your lust for life!

Love, Tina

Tina Fairbank (Milwaukee, WI)

July 13, 2007

Last week, I saw you perched atop a mailbox on Harvard Ave. You looked so relaxed, surveying your neighborhood as the sun went down. It was a very comforting sight and made me smile. Even though you're gone, your memory will always grace Allston.

Nate (Brookline, MA)

July 13, 2007

In 1978 or so, my father and I were driving through Kenmore when pop pointed out the window at a tall, dreadlocked, Strat-carrying, dude in a black leather jacket and said, "Look, it's Jimi Hendrix." It would be about ten years before I realized that Hendrix didn't hang out in Kenmore Square -- but someone even cooler did.

Farewell, Mr. Butch.

Jake Wark (MA)

July 13, 2007

From 1977 until 1986, Mississippi's Restaurant welcomed the warm presence of a genuine man whose only pretense was to love everyone. Butch, the world needs more men like you.

Jim Lewis (Boston, MA)

July 13, 2007

I knew Butch back in the early 80's in Kenmore Square. I'll never forget an occasion that truly demonstrated his character. I used to ride my skateboard to the package store in Kenmore to get beer. One time, just after I gave him one out of my six-pack, I wiped out skating away and two or three of the remaining five broke. Butch was actually gentleman enough to come over and offer to give his one beer back to me. Of course, I refused it. I hadn't seen him in over 20 years, but I did occasionally think about him and am saddened with this news.

Mike (Hooksett, NH)

July 12, 2007

We love you Mr. Butch. Planning on pouring some of a Miller High Life 40 on Harvard Ave. tonight in your memory.

Matt Porter (Allston, MA)

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