In 1983, he traveled to New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions.

North Wales Pioneer: Eddie Butler (standing centre in photograph) went on to become the 11th Pontypool RFC player to play for the British Lions. Picture: Torfaen Museum.

Eddie Butler, who is pictured in the center of the frame, went on to represent the British Lions as the 11th player from Pontypool RFC. Photo of the Torfaen Museum.

Butler rose to prominence as a respected rugby commentator and broadcaster after his retirement.

Butler passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Thursday while on a fundraising expedition in Peru, according to the organization Prostate Cymru, for whom he served as an ambassador.

At 65 years old, he was.
Eddie Butler in 2015 at his Cross Ash residence. Christinsleyphotography.co.uk, source of image.
The loss of Eddie Butler, the charity’s beloved ambassador, has saddened Prostate Cymru, according to a statement from the organization.

We were proud to have Ed as a part of our charity because he was the voice of Wales. We shall treasure all of our memories of him.

Ed joined 25 Prostate Cymru fundraisers, including his daughter Nell, on the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu during the last week, displaying his continued generosity and dedication to worthy causes.

At Ecoinka base camp in the Peruvian Andes, Ed died quietly in his sleep on the early morning of Thursday, September 15.
His six children and wife Susan, who he leaves behind, are in our thoughts a lot.

Butler played for Pontypool during the 1970s and 1980s, when they were one of the most feared teams in Britain, and was coached by Ray Prosser.

While pursuing his studies in French and Spanish at Fitzwilliam College from 1976 to 1978, he additionally represented Cambridge University.
In January 1980, Butler made his Wales debut in the 18-9 victory over France.

Following his time in rugby, Butler had a brief stint as a teacher, followed by work with a real estate development firm, before he discovered a new calling in broadcasting.

After stints with national newspapers, he moved on to the BBC, where he excelled in rugby commentary while also adding color to important athletic events, particularly Olympic coverage.

Brian Moore, a former England hooker, paid homage to his friend and BBC colleague online.
Moore tweeted, “I am devastated by this news.

Ed, I apologize for not having expressed my admiration for you as a broadcaster and a guy. Well, things between us weren’t like that, were they?

I’m sorry for Sue and your family. The voice of sport has been gone.
I recently lost a close buddy. Hello, Edward.

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