Eldred "Butch" Churchill

December 16, 2017


Eldred Churchill (Butch) passed away peacefully at his home in Portugal Cove on Saturday December 16, 2017. He is predeceased by his parents John and Mary Jane (nee Dawe) and was the only remaining of 10 brothers and sisters. Butch will be forever lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years Joyce (nee Hibbs) -they were devoted life and business partners. Together they raised 3 beautiful, devoted and loving children-precious son Stephen, Jennifer (Ken) Taylor, who were a constant pillar of support in Butch’s final journey and Julie (Darren) Stapleton and his grandchildren Alexis and Jesse Stapleton currently residing in Doha, Qatar who were very dear to his heart. They are making a long and difficult journey home to be together as a family and say a final goodbye. Butch will never be forgotten by his “buddy” and great nephew Mitchell Rogers and his faithful canine companion Barbie who was always at his side.

He also leaves behind his sister in law Carol McDonald and his niece Colleen Rogers both of whom were always there to lend a hand, offer a word of encouragement and share a laugh. He also leaves to mourn several nieces and nephews and especially David Hibbs and his only sister in law Hazel Churchill.

Butch lived a full and interesting life, always embracing opportunities with new work and personal experiences whether in his home community or in his early world travels. He was a kind and generous man who was well respected by all who knew him. He was a well loved and respected fixture at the Whales Back Convenience and Community Health Clinic and often spoke with great respect and caring about his “special girls” there. Wonderful neighbours Colin and Meagan Tucker and baby Sadie and Reuben and Debbie Hennebury and Maddie.

The family owes a heartfelt thank you to Butch’s medical care providers, Drs. M Anwar, H Mirolo, C. French and Sean Connors and the amazing professionals who cared for him at home, Dr. Russell Dawe and the palliative care team, his Community Health Care nurses Mary Hicks and Katie Day as well as his home care workers Maureen Horlick, Lori Horlick and Cindy Murray.

Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home on 329 Freshwater Road on Tuesday December 19th and Wednesday December 20th from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral services will be at the Memorial United Church on Thursday December 21st at 2pm with Internment at the United Church Cemetery on Bauline Line. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Autism Society of NL.



2-5 p.m. on December 19, 2017

7-9 p.m. on December 19, 2017

2-5 p.m. on December 20, 2017

7-9 p.m. on December 20, 2017

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Thursday December 21st

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Joyce and family,
Sincere condolences to you all. So sorry to hear of Butch’s recent passing. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joyce and family, please accept our sincere condolences at this sad and difficult time.
Barry & Glenda Wilkins

Joyce and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending our sincere sympathy and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Joyce & family,
Sending sympathy on the loss of your husband, father & life partner.
Anna Gough Power

Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Sincere sympathy from us both. Bridget and John Foster

Joyce and family.
My special thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Butch.
I’m sure the wonderful memories you shared will bring you peace and support during these coming days.
Take care.

Joyce and family,

Sending my condolences to you. You are in my thoughts.

Gail Quigley (Clarence and Virginia Tucker’s daughter)

Sending my deepest condolences to you Joyce and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joyce and family
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Butch. I am sure your memories and stories will support you as you move through the next few days and months.

Take care

Aunt Joyce, Stephen, Jennifer, Julie & families, thinking of you at this difficult time. I am glad I got to see and chat a little with Uncle Eldred when I was home last month. Keep all your wonderful memories close and he will always be with you.
Look after each other, god bless you all.

Joyce and Family, So sad to hear of Butch’s passing. Since the day I moved to Portugal Cove, each time Mr Churchill walked in the road to Jennifer’s, he would always stop to say hello. I always looked forward to this. Take care.

Joyce and family, my deepest condolences over the loss of your beloved “Butch”. May he RIP

Joyce, Jennifer, Julie,Stephen and families,
Sad to read of Butch’s passing today, but wonderful memories came flooding back. He was an unwavering support in the early days of the store. I will always hold him dear. May those wonderful memories also soothe your broken hearts in the days to come.
Thinking of you all.

Jennifer, sending sincerest sympathy to you, your mom, Stephen, Julie and all your families as you deal with losing your wonderful father. He was a lovely person and such a gentleman, he was always a pleasure to have a chat with. May you find great comfort in your good fortune to have had him to such a wonderful age. God Bless you all and give you the courage to deal with your heart breaking loss. Love and Prayers from Baxter, myself and our family! 💓🙏

Sending my deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time . You are all in my thoughts and prayers .

Love Tina ( Collins ) Robinson and Scott Robinson
Red Lake,

Joyce, and Family.
So sorry to hear of the passing of , Precious, Uncle Butch. So glad Jim and I got to see him in August,. Our Prayers and Thoughts are with you All, at this sad time .
Love Jim and Violet, and Family

Joyce and Family. So sorry to hear of Butches passing . You are in my heart and prayers. I am unable to be in town this week but my heart is there for you. May you find comfort during this time as God strengthens your heart with his love and peace.

Thinking of you all and sending our deepest condolences. XO

Joyce,Stephen,Jennifer, Julie and Famillies
My sincere condolences to you on your great loss. Although I have never met Butch I have heard much about him over the years from my brother Mac who thought very highly of him and often worried over his health. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend his services as I will not be in the city during those times,.but my thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this very sad and difficult time. If there is anything I can do to help please don’t hesitate to ask.

Renee and I send our sincere condolences to you in your loss of a wonderful man. May the Good Lord comfort you in this time of Grief. May God Bless you.

Sorry for your loss! Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family!

Joyce, Stephen, Jennifer, Julie and families. Deepest condolences on Butches passing. God bless