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.