Remembering former Mayor Butch Callery

City offers condolences at death of longtime official

COVINGTON, Ky. – The City of Covington offers condolences to the family and friends of former Mayor and City Commissioner Irvin T. “Butch” Callery, who died Sunday.

Callery, who lived in Villa Hills, served on the Covington City Commission from 1980 through 2000 and was Mayor from 2001 through 2008. He was also Mayor of the City of Villa Hills from 2015 through 2018.

“Butch first entered politics as a fierce advocate for the Latonia neighborhood and wound up giving decades of his life to the residents of this community,” Mayor Joe Meyer said. “His love for Covington was rivaled only by his love for his wife, Joyce, to whom he was married for almost 52 years, and perhaps to the Cincinnati Reds.”

With 29 years in office in Covington, he is thought to have been the longest-serving elected official in the city’s history. He is also one of the few people – if not the only person – to have served as mayor of two different cities in Northern Kentucky. He was named the “Elected Official of the Year” in 2017 by the Kentucky League of Cities.

Callery was also a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, as seen at Callery sports bio, and a long-time coach and sponsor of local baseball and softball teams. In 1962, he was invited to try out for both the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Callery, who was 83 when he died, was a member of Holy Cross Parish in Latonia, according to the family’s obituary. He is survived by a daughter, three sons, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, according to his obituary. His wife, Joyce, died in 2019.

Services will be Thursday. Details can be found on Connley Bros. website at Butch Callery obit.

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