Myles A.'s Story
Myles Andrew Butman, 23, of Vero Beach, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on December 1, 2016.
Myles was born in Gloucester, on May 2, 1993. Having grown up primarily in Vero Beach with his loving mother and sister, Myles spent summers in Rockport and holidays in Marco Island, Fla. with his father, second mother, sister and brothers.
Throughout his childhood, Myles spent endless summer days with his grandparents, siblings and cousins at Long Beach in Rockport. Whether hunting for crabs by the Cape Hedge creek or smiling pleadingly for an ice cream at Long Beach Dairy Maid, young Myles always kept busy. Ever the entrepreneur, Myles was also known to collect popples from Cape Hedge beach and sell them for $1 a piece to relatives to decorate their gardens on Long Beach or drag a cooler across the beach with his cousin selling cold sodas to beach goers. In his early teens you would find Myles in the shops on Bearskin Neck selling tee shirts and sunglasses to tourists.
Myles attended Rockport Middle School and High School and Indian River State College. In his too-short adult life, Myles collected 'families' of friends wherever he traveled. He had a gift of attracting people to him and a sensitivity that made him ever vigilant that those he loved were happy. Always willing to help with chores and favors, Myles possessed an unassuming yet immense generosity toward his friends and family. His loving spirit, empathy and keen sense of humor will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Myles' many interests included a newfound passion for fitness and a lifelong love of tennis, gaming, Heinz ketchup and Life cereal. More than anything else, Myles was always most content while surrounded by his family, friends and loved ones including his beloved (and mischievous) dog, Loki.
Myles is survived by his mother, Rebecca Neiman of Vero Beach; his father and second mother, Paul Butman and Sharon Lake of Gloucester; his grandfather, Dean Neiman of Vero Beach; his sister and brother-in-law, Danielle and Ben Sonntag of Tampa, Fla.; and his brothers, Noah Carpenter of Vero Beach. Graham Lake of Sitka, Alaska; and Brennan Lake of Cambridge, as well as many cousins, aunts and uncles.
There will be a Memorial Celebration of Myles' Life on Tuesday, December 6th at 11 a.m. in the Harbor Room at Cruiseport, Gloucester. Family and friends of Myles are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930 or Pathways for Children, 29 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930.
Published on  December 3, 2016