Colin Butler


Colin Butler of Oak Bluffs died on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at Massachusetts General Hospital, due to complications resulting from a fall. He was 55 years old.

Born in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10, 1963, Colin graduated from Hamilton Wenham Regional High School in 1981, and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was an island resident and small business owner since the early ’80s, having owned and operated Fish or Cut Bait, Oasis Records, and most recently, Adam Cab. A longtime musician, Colin was also an independent record producer. Under his own label, Orcaphat Records, he showcased regional talent like Huck, and the Curtain Society.

Despite a lifelong condition that resulted in easily fractured bones, Colin’s independent spirit and sense of humor were never diminished. He was an avid golfer and fisherman, later developing a passion for, and almost encyclopedic knowledge of, film noir.

Those who knew him remember his serrated, self-deprecating sense of humor most of all. We will miss his unfailing ability to find the funny in even the most dreadful of situations.

He is survived by his mother, Alice Ryan Butler; his sister, Alison Feurtado, and her husband David; his brothers, Charles and his wife Lynne, and Christopher and his wife Michelle. His father, Charles Butler, died in 1993.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Augustine’s Church, on Franklin Street in Vineyard Haven on Monday, Nov. 5, at 11 am. The family will be receiving guests in the church hall immediately afterward.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Foundation at 804 W. Diamond Ave., Ste. 210, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guestbook and information.