Butler recalls dramatic week in Boston

Cranbrook man visited the U.S. city during the week-long hunt for the Boston marathon bombers.

In the days after the Boston marathon bombing

In the days after the Boston marathon bombing

A Cranbrook businessman has just returned from a visit to Boston during one of the city’s most tumultuous weeks.

Dave Butler, who was visiting on business for Canadian Mountain Holidays, arrived in Boston last Tuesday, April 16, one day after two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding more than 250 people.

He left Boston on Saturday, April 20, a day after the second of two suspects in the bombings was taken into custody by law enforcement.

It was Dave’s first visit to Boston, and he stayed in two hotels, one just two blocks from the site of the explosions, and another further from downtown Boston but closer to Watertown, where bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were tracked down by police.

“It was very spooky to be there shortly after it happened and to see the range of emotions of the people,” Dave says. “It was a heck of an introduction to the town.”

When Dave arrived in Boston Tuesday, he checked into a Four Seasons hotel just two blocks from the site of the bombings.

“At that point, the city was still in mourning around the losses of the bombing,” Dave says.

From outside his hotel he could see a makeshift memorial set up to the victims and behind it, Boylston Street was cordoned off.