SPRINGFIELD - Robert "Bob" Guyotte, 72, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke, surrounded by his family.
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He was born in Northampton on Aug. 11, 1940, the son of the late Walter Guyotte and Dorothy (Hawley) Bigelow. He graduated from Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls in 1958 and Western New England College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and in 1983 with a Master of Science in Engineering Management.
Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1959. Following basic training, he was sent to Darmstadt, Germany. He attained the rank of Airman First Class and was honorably discharged in November of 1962.
Bob married the former Ann Boutwell on Sept. 21, 1960 in Darmstadt. They were married 52 years.
He was employed for 13 years at Pratt and Whitney and then took a job with the Federal Aviation Administration in Burlington, MA, and retired after 25 years as an Aircraft Engine Certification Branch Manager.
Bob was an avid HAM radio operator and enjoyed painting, genealogy, golf, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Ann; his son, Randall Guyotte and his wife, Cathy Moran; his daughter, Sharon Tariff and her husband, Robert; his two grandchildren, Lexi and Jordan Tariff; a brother, Neal Harris and his wife, Judy; four sisters, Lucille Miller, Linda Nadoloski, Patricia Morgan and Barbara Shepard, and several loving nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Arlene Rodovich.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, May 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow, MA.
Everyone is asked to gather at the funeral home on Monday, May 20, at 11:30 a.m. for services to begin at 11:45, followed by a church service in Trinity United Methodist Church, Springfield, at 12:30 p.m. A committal service with military honors will follow in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Agawam.
Memorial contributions may be made to MSA Coalition, 8311 Briar Creek Parkway, Suite 105-434, Rowley, NC 27617 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave, Springfield, MA 01108.
For more information, please visit: www.forastieresmithfuneralhome.com. www.forastieresmithfuneralhome.com.
Forastiere-Smith Funeral Home
220 North Main Street
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Published in The Recorder on May 17, 2013