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Laurence F Butler

January 6, 2022

April 27, 1983 - January 6, 2022
For 38 epic years, our beloved son, brother, husband, uncle, friend, followed his heart.
Larry followed his convictions with an enviable and inspiring enthusiasm for life. Larry knew and lived that ALL things are possible.
He effortlessly mastered those things he chose to put his hands to. Larry enjoyed creating art at a very early age and continued on throughout his life, sharing his works as an expression of gratitude for those who touched him deeply, or designing that perfect tattoo for a friend.
Just as easily, drumming came to him from within. Picking up the sticks was something Larry was born to do. Watching him play was like seeing music flow through him from the universe. Oh, how he loved to play!
The martial arts appealed to Larry as a youngster and this journey continued for the remainder of his short life. The search for his correct path led him to ninjutsu. He trained in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for 16 years, drawn not just to the physical aspects of the craft, but the spiritual. He had a profound appreciation for everything this art taught him, and the deep friendships forged along the way. Earning the opportunity to show for Soke Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan, and passing the Godan test was the ultimate experience for Larry.
And then he met the love of his life, Vanessa. Together they travelled as much as time and energy allowed, sharing a lifetime's worth of fun, laughter and joy at the simple pleasures in what turned out to be a very brief time. In November they married, symbolizing their endless love.
And then, sadly, the time came for him to leave us.
Although this is a most grievous time, we who loved him cannot help but feel an overpowering sense of love and gratitude for sharing a life so truly well lived. Forever in our hearts...Shine on Larry.
..."We take for granted that we have time. We take for granted that tomorrow will be there, and we will get there with all of our Body, Mind and Spirit intact. The reality is, tomorrow is not going to come for a Lot of us.
We usually don't get the universe telling us when life is about to get really hard, overwhelming, unexpectedly change, or even End.
We take for granted every day that we will wake up tomorrow with all five senses intact to embrace and experience this abundance of wealth we call life...Today is all we have, and it's all we will ever have. If you woke up today. then you've made it. So embrace it. Embrace it all. ...." LB 2019

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