Robert Joseph Ceriotti Jr.

August 24, 1957November 29, 2012

CERIOTTI, Robert J. Jr.“Bobby”, died of a heart attack on November 29, 2012. Bobby loved his family so well and deeply. Devoted father to Kati and Robby, loving son of Bob and Aggie, dear big brother to Susan (Bob) Gaughan and Danny (Linda) Ceriotti, proud and adored grandpa to Rylan and Avery Zajac, future father-in-law to Marty, treasured uncle to Jenna, Ryan, Julianne, Andrew, Nicholas, and Becca. He was a great nephew, cousin, and friend to countless people.

Bobby joined the police department in 1980 and was dedicated to protect and serve. He served as a patrolman in Districts 1, 6, and 7, a detective in Narcotics for 3 years, and then as a sergeant beginning in 1993 serving in several areas. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 and served, with honor, in Districts 2 and 7. Bobby was a member of the Major Case Squad for 20 years and left as Deputy Commander. He boxed for the St. Louis Police Department at Guns n Hoses on three different occasions and was undefeated in all of his bouts. In addition, Bobby received 6 Chief’s Letters for his police service and 2 Meritorious Service Citations, the 2nd highest attributes designated to a police officer. He was a policeman’s policeman!

Visitation 3-7pm, Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa at Watson and 10am until time of Mass at 12 noon at St. Ambrose Catholic Church on Monday, December 3, 2012. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Backstoppers or Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Please share memories and condolences at


  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2012

Robert Joseph Ceriotti Jr.

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Jeff Harrison

December 13, 2012

It has taken me a while to be able to come on this site. Bobby was like my older brother. In fact, he often called me little brother. The guy was something special. He would literally give you the shirt off of his back and not think twice about it.

I remember when he bought the Ferrari and was so excited for me to drive it. He called me a baby because I wouldn't drive over 100 on 44.

He did so many small things for so many people. He was the most generous person I have ever met.

There are so many funny stories about him that I tell often.

He took me on three ride alongs when he was still a Sgt. They were incredible.

I remember like yesteday when he called me to come down to Columbo's to celebrate him becoming a Lt. He was so happy and so proud.

The first person I would think of if I ever got into trouble was Bobby. When I got a DUI in Ladue, he was the guy that came and picked me up at 3:00 AM. He tried like hell to get me out of that.

I wish I could have spent more time with him the past two years because I know how tough they were on him. I was on the Hill at Gian-Tony's having dinner about a month ago. On the way down I called him and asked if he could join my wife and I. He sounded tired and said that he couldn't.

I will miss playing golf with him and going to Mizzou basketball games with him and giving him trouble about being an Italian on St. Patrick's Day. I called him every St. Patrick's Day and would give him shit. He would tell me there are two kinds of people in this world. Italians and everybody else who wishes they were Italian.

Mostly, I will miss my older brother.

God Bless.

Josh D

December 13, 2012

My wife and I have lived in St. Louis for just over four years. It was just over two years ago when my wife and I first met Lieutenant Ceriotti in unfavorable circumstances when two men tried to kill us. I credit the SLPD for their response and care to the situation but more specifically I want to thank Lieutenant Ceriotti for the way he handled the event. My wife and I were obviously shaken up. Sensing this Ceriotti took off his bullet proof vest and gave it to my wife to wear continuing to assure both of us that it would be ok. We did not know the Lieutenant long but I would guess that gesture of care and concern on that day of tragedy was just one example of the way he cared for the people he served. My wife and I are deeply saddened by his death and offer our prayers and condolences to the family.

December 6, 2012

I am very sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. He always made Kiel/Savvis/Scottrade Center a better place.

Jessica Bateman

December 6, 2012

I am very sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. He always made Kiel/Savvis/Scottrade Center a better place.

Mike & Sherron Gaughan

December 6, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ceriotti family during this very sad time. We love you Bob, Susan, Jenna, Ryan and Julianne!

PO Kathy Suarez

December 6, 2012

My prayers are with the Ceriotti family. I worked with Lieutenant Ceriotti and miss him. He was a very caring individual that loved his family and his police family. Rest in peace Lieutenant! Miss you!

Lisa Holwitt

December 5, 2012

To the Ceriotti family, I wanted to send you my condolences and thoughts at this difficult time. Don't know if you will remember me or not, Lisa (Lang) Holwitt, from many years ago. Bobby was a great guy and will be missed

December 5, 2012

To a great friend. Gods speed.

Bill & Bonnie Baker

Jennifer Kramer

December 4, 2012

23 years was not nearly enough time. Always remember Bobby in the brightest of ways as that is what he was to me...the brightest of friends. Miss you.

Teri Appelbaum-Viano

December 4, 2012

Our deepest condolences. Bobby was a great guy and loved by many. When he was in college, he was at our house all the time and he was always up to something. I have many great memories of Bob. He will be missed...