Tributes paid to former RAF pilot at Axminster memorial lunch

A remembrance lunch for the late Flt Lt Rupert Butler was held at Diamond's Tea Room in Axminster.

A remembrance lunch for the late Flt Lt Rupert Butler was held at Diamond's Tea Room in Axminster. - Credit: Archant

Tributes to an Axminster man who enjoyed a distinguished career as a pilot in the RAF were paid at a memorial service at St Mary’s Catholic Church.

A flypast of WW2 Chipmunk trainer planes was held during a remembrance lunch for the late Flt Lt

A flypast of WW2 Chipmunk trainer planes was held during a remembrance lunch for the late Flt Lt Rupert Butler was held at Diamond's Tea Room in Axminster. - Credit: Archant

Flight Lieutenant Rupert Lionel Somerset Butler, who was born in 1940, died on his 80th birthday at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on May 16, a week after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Due to lockdown restrictions his family was unable to hold a service or celebration of his life at the time of his death.

Following the church service on Saturday, August 29, a lunch was held at Diamond’s Tea Room in Cooks Lane, in Axminster, attended by almost 100 guests.

During the afternoon there was a flypast by two WW2 RAF Chipmunk trainer planes which Flt Lt Butler used to pilot.


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The event was attended by many civic leaders reflecting the esteem in which Flt Lt Butler was held and his tireless work for the community.

A spokesman for the the Butler family said they were touched by the ‘professional and sensitive planning and delivery of the event hosted by Ann-Marie and Nick Sarahs, proprietors of Diamond’s.

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