Most people use the social networking site Facebook to say hello to family and friends.

Most people use the social networking site Facebook to say hello to family and friends.

One of the daughters of the "Forest Park Handyman" used it to help dad say goodbye.

Richard "Dick" Buttermore, who not only did repairs for his neighbors - sometimes on the barter system - but who also was deeply involved in the Forest Park Civic Association, died of cancer last week. He was 66.

" This is my final farewell to all of the beautiful people I have been fortunate to meet in my life," one of Dick Buttermore's daughters posted on his Facebook page in the wake of his death. "Thank you for the friendships throughout the years. Remember, one at a time on the trampoline! I considered myself pantheist: God is everything and everything is God. The world is either identical with God or in some way a self-expression of its nature. If you want to commemorate me ... use proper English!!!!"

"I felt it was touching," said Northland Community Council president Dave Paul, who termed Buttermore an "inspiration" to him in terms of community involvement.

"Initially it was pretty obvious it wasn't Dick, but I thought (his widow) Susan had posted it and he had authored it, because I heard his voice very clearly in that," Paul said. "We could speculate that it was. It was just sort of channeled through his daughter.

"I recognized it as vintage Dick."

"He really thought he had a little bit longer," his wife of 27 years, Susan Buttermore, said. "When it got near the end, when we got to the hospital, he said something about, 'I don't think I've got as long as we thought.' "

"Certainly his service to the community extended over many years," Paul said. "We were all quite shocked. It was very sudden."

Dick and Susan Buttermore moved from Clintonville to their Forest Park West home in 1986.

Next door was the late Alf Hansen, who had been civic association president in 1982, and "who soon inoculated Dick with the civic association bug; Dick still hasn't gotten it out of his system," according to a bio compiled by the organization a few years ago.

Dick Buttermore was a block captain at first and then went on to various positions, including two terms, 1997 and '98, as president. Most recently he was the civic action officer.

"I can scarcely look anywhere in Forest Park and find anything in which Dick Buttermore has not had a part," current association president George Schmidt wrote in a memorial circulated to Northland residents via e-mail. "He loved our neighborhood. No one has done more.

"Dick had a passion for our association and FPCA membership. He was the consummate recruiter for membership, board members, business members, you name it. He served on every budget and nomination committee as long as I have been around.

"On behalf of the entire FPCA Board and all of our neighbors in Forest Park, we extend our deepest sympathy to Dick's wife Susan, and to his four children: Emily Suzanne Buttermore, Julia Buttermore, Katie Buttermore and Dickie Buttermore.

"I will miss Dick Buttermore," Schmidt wrote in conclusion. "Whether you knew him or not, if you live in Forest Park you will miss him, too."

The many Forest Park residents who used his services a neighborhood handyman will truly miss him, Buttermore's widow said.

"He had a lot of loyal customers," Susan Buttermore said. "He had one lady who couldn't really afford to pay a lot, so she would bake with him. She would make bread or pizza or biscotti; we always had something interesting to eat. That was perfectly fine with him.

"It wasn't about trying to make the most money," she said. "That wasn't the important thing. It was time with the family, being able to spend time with family and friends."