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Marc Anthony Butcher

July 4, 1950 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Marc Anthony Butcher was born on July 4, 1950, in NYC, NY to the late Vivian Juanita (Jones) Butcher and Ivan Sylvester Butcher Sr and passed away unexpectedly on December 21, 2023, of natural causes at the age of 73 in his Brooklyn, NY home.

A lifelong Brooklyn resident and passionate poet, Marc was also an author, artist, photographer, producer, and songwriter. He was first published in the early 1980's by the American Poetry Association then later in 1984 by YAMOO (Yours And Mine Or Ours) Publishers who released the first edition of his book of poems “Before The Divorce Read This!” was later approved by the NYC’s Board of Education in 1999 as a textbook for grades 6 to 12 in English and Social Studies, along with his second book “Positive Messages for Young Men Growing Up Without Their Fathers.”

He also wrote, “After The Heartbreak, Just Listen!” and “Dear Daughter: Positive Messages for Young Women With Distant Dads.” Marc authored several poetry collections including the White Orchid Women’s Series and the Whispered Words Collection.

Reared in a single parent household, Marc referred to his writing as therapy for his firsthand experiences. His long-term goal was for his writings to become required reading for junior high students because the content and relevance are meant to stimulate thoughts and question long held misbeliefs and falsehoods.

Marc was featured in the City Section of the New York Times, on April 2, 1995, for direct selling his books to taxi passengers whereas the article included a reprint of  Marc’s “What Comes After Forgiving?” A recent accolade includes Marc’s work being added to “Between the Lines, Stories from the Underground” by Uli Better Cohen (Published by Simon and Schuster).

Active in his community, Marc was a certified community producer for BRIC Brooklyn Free Speech Network since 2013. Several of his programs have been nominated for awards, and he was chosen as the Most Valuable Producer in 2019 for assisting others with their productions. Marc was involved with numerous community groups and was an avid roller skater well into his seventy-third year.

Marc is survived by his brother Ivan Butcher II, sister Karen Austin, nieces, nephews, cousins, Australia. He leaves behind countless cherished friends and his beloved extended Jewish Community Family. Marc was preceded in death by his parents, Vivian, and Ivan; and wife Cheryl DeBarros.

Marc will be laid to rest alongside his mother and ancestors at their ancestral cemetery home in Appomattox, Virginia. A memorial may be announced at a later date.

Contributions to assist Marc’s sister and nephew with travel expenses to NY to settle his affairs may be donated at, https://gofund.me/aae0938e. The Butcher Family appreciates and thanks you for your kind donations.

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