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Butcher was educated at Cambridge University and rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Race in 1947. He became a member of Thames Rowing Club. He competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in the coxless fours. Butcher recalled that at these post-war austerity Olympics, his kit was made by his mother from terry towelling. In 1949 he won the Silver Goblets at Henley, partnering Tom Christie. At the 1950 British Empire Games he was a member of the English eight which won bronze medal.
Tony Butcher was married to wife Peggy and had four children, John, Adrian, David and Marilyn. He lived for most of his life in Beaconsfield.