Richard Butcher

Post date: Mar 18, 2015 8:57:29 PM

Dear SCARA Member,    

Very sadly Jennifer Butcher has informed us today of the passing of Richard Butcher on Friday the 13th March 2015.

Jennifer writes,

"My husband Richard Butcher (08:05:1934) died peacefully at home on Friday 13th March with his family around him.  He was a good, kind and generous man who will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues."

Jennifer also tells us that Richard joined his first ship as an apprentice aboard Ellerman Line’s ‘City of Kimberley’ at Alexandra Dock in Liverpool on the 18th October 1950 aged 16. 

The funeral will take place on Friday 27th March at 12:00 noon.

Location: Bournemouth Crematorium, Strouden Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9HX

Belinda McCormack

SCARA Hon.Sec.

Richard EW Butcher

Richard Butcher played a key role in the introduction of containerisation, joining Overseas Containers Limited (OCL) as General Manager working on the development of the first container handling terminals.

A Master Mariner, his career had started at sea first with Ellerman Lines and then on cross-channel ferries.  Before joining OCL he was  Divisional Shipping Manager for British Rail's ferry operation.

After leaving OCL in the 1970s Richard joined Atlantic Container Line as Operations Director.  In 1979 he formed his own company, Invicta Management Services where he remained chairman until his death.

Richard Butcher held a number of other positions through his 50+ year career in shipping with governmental as well as commercial organisations.  He was Director of Distance Learning at the Cambridge Academy of Transport, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.