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Brian Butts dies at 73 years of age

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Brian Butts, who died at the age of 73, was famous for his handlebar moustache.

Brian Butts, the former owner of Sampo Inc and Donnmar Enterprises Inc, has died at the age of 73 following a long battle with cancer.

Brian was well known in the industry and famous for his handlebar moustache and what his nephew, Jack Butts, describes as his stubbornness and dry sense of humour. He started work at his family business, the Rome Specialty Company, at 16 and aside from a stint in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and college at SUNY Canton, he spent his whole career there, leading the Sampo division.

He started representing Sampo and ROSCO at the American Manufacturing Fishing Tackle Association trade show in 1970 and continued through to his retirement.

Brian served the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) in various roles, including on the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors.

He retired last year and sold Sampo and Donnmar Enterprises to Jack, owner and President of the Rome Specialty Company, bringing the business into the fourth generation of family leadership.

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