It is with sadness that I have been informed that John Butler, a longstanding member of Tonbridge Camera Club, passed away on 14th April he leaves behind his wife Hazel (Pat).
John was a hugely talented photographer who had served on the TCC Committee in various roles over many years and was an active club member to the end and he will be greatly missed by everyone.
Tribute from Clive Tanner ;
“Memories of a friend.
I first met John Butler on the evening I joined Tonbridge Camera Club, he had joined a few weeks earlier so for that first season we were probably both in the beginners’ section.
Under the guidance of several luminaries of that time, and, with his well-developed appreciation of landscape, John soon moved up Class 2, producing many memorable images
as prints and also in slide format. John had the ability and skills to recognise and capture the essence of a scene and used these skills to make fine pictures in several genres, from macro
to sport and from nature to record. Of course, his progress to Class 1 was rapid, his pictures were used in club battles and he featured when Tonbridge Camera Club won the Central
Association Switch Shield. His artistry showed well when John achieved his ARPS and again when awarded DPAGB by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. He was awarded
APAGB in 1999 for his service to club photography; John served on the Tonbridge CC Committee for many years, holding almost all officer roles including the Presidency. John
represented Tonbridge on the KCPA Committee for several years including a period on the Judges Panel. Here he was always ready to guide newer federation judges having served for
several years as a KCPA Judge and also as a well-respected lecturer John was always happy to talk photography and help those who needed guidance but, he
was happiest when walking Lakeland Fells, taking great pictures and then enjoying the ‘chat’ over dinner at Fern Howe in Braithwaite Cumbria. We had wonderful times together and
also with a group of good friends, I will miss him! Farewell old Friend.”
Funeral details ;
Unfortunately due to current circumstances, like so many at the moment, is being live-streamed on the internet to enable people to virtually attend the service.
John’s funeral is set to take place at 10am on Thursday 30th April at Tunbridge Wells Crematorium. Unfortunately due to the current Covid-19 lock down conditions, attendance at the crematorium is strictly limited to immediate family only. However we are able to live-stream the service on the internet. If you would like to virtually attend the service, you will be able to connect to the stream using these connection details:
Using your web browser go to www.obitus.com
Login to the site using the following details:
Flowers for the service are from family only. However if you would like to make a donation in place of flowers, a donation can be made to the Hospice In The Weald based in Pembury who were supportive of John during his illness.
You can donate directly to the hospice online: