Robert A. Buotte Jr.

November 5, 1963October 29, 2010

Robert Albert Buotte Jr. died unexpectedly on October 29, 2010.

Chief Warrant Officer Robert "Bobby" Buotte enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in April of 1982. Immediately upon completion of basic training, Bobby was assigned to the Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma, CA where he learned his specialty as a Yeoman. After graduation he was then transferred to his first duty station, Coast Guard Group Atlantic City, NJ. Bobby was promoted after a year and was reassigned to the Integrated Support Command in Boston, MA where he worked for the next five years. He then had the distinct honor of serving aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis a Large endurance cutter conducting both law enforcement and search and rescue missions. Following his successful tour aboard the Jarvis, Bobby spent the next nine years of his distinguished 28 year Coast Guard career on Cape Cod at the Coast Guard Air Station and Group Woods Hole where he advanced to Chief Petty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer. In 1999, he was placed in charge of the Housing office at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Bobby returned to Boston as the Administration Officer for the Integrated Support Command and the Sector in 2001 following another successful tour of duty. In July of 2009, Bobby was assigned to Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Woods Hole as the Admin Officer responsible for the pay and personnel of over 600 Coast Guardsman through Cape Cod, the Islands and Rhode Island. Throughout his 28 years of distinguished service, he received the following personal awards: The Coast Guard Commendation medal, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Commandant Letters of Commendation.

Bobby was a devoted family man. He was known to be exceptionally kind and gentle as well as a loving father. Bobby dedicated much of his life to the Coast Guard. It was a passion that captivated him early in his career. He was well respected by his shipmates both senior and junior for his commitment to the Coast Guard core values; honor, respect and devotion to duty.

Bobby is survived by his wife Mal Hughes. He leaves behind four children, Kristan Buotte of Yarmouthport, Dylan Buotte of Bourne, MaKenna Hughes of Yarmouthport and Shannon Bell of Nantucket and two much loved grandchildren Greyson and Avery Bell. The loving son of CWO4 Robert A. Buotte, SR., US Coast Guard retired and Carol (Arruda) Buotte, Bobby also leaves behind Kathryn Sylvia, Cheryl and John Hopkinson, Diane and Michael Keogh, Jill and Amy Hopkinson, Kathryn and Michael Sylvia, and Kyle Keogh.

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 P.M. on Wed., Nov. 3 at the Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home at 729 Route 134, South Dennis. A church service will be held on Thurs., Nov. 4 at 12:30 P.M. at Saint Pius X at 5 Barbara St., South Yarmouth followed by burial at Otis National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Fund, U.S. Coast Guard Mail Stop 7180, 4200 Wilson Blvd. Suite 610, Arlington, VA 20598 or the Head Start Program, 83 Pearl Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 3, 2010
  • Burial Thursday, November 4, 2010
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 4, 2010

Robert A. Buotte Jr.

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Ron Buotte

June 25, 2012

We all grow up, move along, lose touch but it doesn't mean I stop thinking for 1 second about my cuz's. Thinking of you "little Bobby".

Cheryl Buotte Hopkinson

June 21, 2012

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Paul Cheney

February 22, 2011

Living out here on the west coast sometimes news finds me in the strangest of places. The news I received today of Bobby's passing floored me. I served with Bobby during our time together at Woods Hole and we often carpooled in together. "NO" was not part of his vocabulary, even though his love for the Dolphins was. This is a loss for the entire USCG and he will be greatly missed. One great shipmate. Farewell Bobby-B.

Eduardo F Cidade Sr

January 25, 2011

This was a shocker to me when I read the notice from Topeka. I had the privilege of attending JUMPPS/PMIS training with Bobby in the mid-80's and we all had a great laugh when US Airways lost the luggage containing his uniform. I know this man was a warrior who will be missed by those who lives he touched.
Semper Paratus Bobby
Eduardo F. Cidade, Sr, PERS3, USCG, Ret.

Jeff Ponkey

December 28, 2010

Bob was the consummate professional, mentor, friend, and shipmate. I served with Bob in Boston and will truly miss him.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

CWO4 Jeff Ponkey (retired)

December 8, 2010

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Bobby BUOTTE. He was a good friend and he truly loved the USCG.

John Hopkinson

November 28, 2010

There are very few people you will meet in you lifetime that you can say "They made a difference" I have had the distinct honor and privilege of knowing such a man in Bobby. His calm demeanor and strong sense of purpose are found in few. I have watched him over the last 30 years develop from a shy teenager to a leader of men. He developed the ability to balance his love and devotion to his family with that of his Country.

Bobby, you will be missed, but your legacy will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved you.

Dylan and Kristen, when you find it tough going now and throughout life, Take a deep breath, close your eyes and think, what would my dad be telling me right now.

My family grew with the addition of a new sister-in-law and two nieces. Just so we are clear Mal, once your in, there is no getting out.

Dad, I think that the student has become the teacher.
Semper Paratus

YN1 Katie C. Callaway, USCG (RET)

November 26, 2010

My deepest sympathies to the Buotte family as I just learned of Bobby's passing today. I was stationed with Bobby in the Reserve Administration Branch in Boston from 1983-1985. Bobby was a great Coastie, teacher, and mentor. I was a non-rate striking Yeoman (YN) in the office, and Bobby took me under his wing and taught me what it was like to be a YN. Basically, he instilled in me that we were in the "people" business. Bobby loved the Coast Guard and his family. The Coast Guard and his shipmates have lost a great and honorable servant. He will be missed by all who knew him.

cheryl buotte-hopkinson

November 12, 2010

love you bobby,
rest in peace,love you cheb

cheryl buotte-hopkinson

November 12, 2010

in memory of my dearest brother, bobby, charlie brown as we in the family used to call him. bobby you are such a great guy.i will miss you terribly, you've always been my baby brother, and you still are. 143 cheb as you always called me since you were just a baby xxoo