Relatives of a man who passed away in December are being asked to get in touch with Wolverhampton City Council.

Raymond Butler, who lived in a residential care home in the Wolverhampton area, passed away on Friday 20 December, 2013, aged 72.

The city council is trying to trace Mr Butler's relatives so that his funeral can be arranged. It is thought that he was originally from Bloxwich or Walsall and he may still have relatives in those areas.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "The council has a duty to arrange funerals for people who have passed away in instances where arrangements for a funeral have not been made by his or her family.

"We are therefore keen to trace any of Mr Butler's relatives so that his funeral can take place, and we'd urge anyone who knew him to get in touch."

Anyone who is related to Mr Butler, or who has any information which may help trace his relatives, is asked to contact Elaine Thursfield on 01902 555740 or email

  • released: Monday 24 February, 2014