Joseph A. Buttigieg
1947 - 2019
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Joseph A. Buttigieg

May 20, 1947 - Jan. 27, 2019

SOUTH BEND, IN - With his family at his side, Joseph A. Buttigieg, 71, of South Bend, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 27, at Memorial Hospital after an illness.

Joseph was born in Hamrun, Malta on May 20, 1947, to Maria Concetta “Cettina” Portelli Buttigieg and Joseph Anthony Buttigieg. He is the eldest of eight siblings: Marcette Buttigieg of Pakur, Jharkhand State, India; Grace Buttigieg and Marika Buttigieg of Mosta, Malta; Franco Buttigieg and wife Nancy of Mellieha, Malta; John Buttigieg and wife Kay of St. Paul's Bay, Malta; Myriam Buttigieg of Mosta; and Lucienne Buttigieg and partner Vanda Taylor of Haslemere, Surrey, England.

He earned a Bachelors and a Masters degree from the University of Malta, and a B.Phil from Heythrop College in Oxford, England. He came to the United States in order to pursue his doctorate at the State University of New York, Binghamton, earning his Ph.D. in 1976 and becoming a U.S. Citizen in 1979.

In 1976 he moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to teach at New Mexico State University, where he met and fell in love with a fellow new faculty member, Jennifer Anne Montgomery. They were married in El Paso, Texas, on January 6, 1980. Soon afterward, they moved together to South Bend, Indiana, where Joseph would serve on the faculty as a professor of English until his retirement in 2017.

Joseph published numerous articles, essays, and books on topics ranging from the aesthetics of James Joyce to the development of civil society. He became a globally recognized authority on the Italian thinker Antonio Gramsci, and published three volumes of extensively annotated translations of Gramsci's Prison Notebooks.

At Notre Dame, Joseph held many leadership and administrative roles, including as Chair of the Department of English, director of the London program, and director of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars program, where he mentored some of the college's most promising undergraduate students, with an emphasis on service and leadership. He relished the company of his colleagues and students, and took great pleasure in the subsequent achievements of the countless women and men who studied under his guidance.

All who knew Joe will remember him as a brilliant and energetic man, passionate about ideas, education, public affairs, art in all its forms, and justice. His wife, Anne Montgomery, son, Peter Buttigieg, and son-in-law, Chasten Glezman Buttigieg, all of South Bend, remember him as a loving father and husband who was fond of sports and travel, friendship and family. He was a genial companion, an enthusiastic listener, and a loyal friend, husband, brother, father, and son.

Kaniewski Funeral Homes, South Bend, is handling the arrangements. A visitation will be held Friday, February 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Morris Inn on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. A memorial service will be planned for later in the spring. Donations in his memory may be made to the South Bend Community Foundation. To send online condolences, please visit

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 30, 2019.
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February 9, 2020
Linda Wilson
April 14, 2019
I was moved to tears, today, as Pete spoke of his family, and wanted to learn more about the type of man who would have raised and influenced such a kindhearted and service-oriented person.

My deepest condolences to the Buttigieg family.
Marcella Ellis
April 2, 2019
So sorry for your loss.

May Mr. Buttigieg Rest in Peace.

Respectfully,Michael Reilly
Michael Reilly
February 10, 2019
Catherine Crossley
February 9, 2019
I am deeply saddened to learn of Prof Buttigieg's passing. His meticulous scholarship on Gramsci had tremendous impact on me as a grad student and continues to this day. I was honored to hear him speak at conferences and was always struck by his generosity and joyful being. Sincere condolences to his family. Jeanette McVicker
Jeanette McVicker
February 1, 2019
Our deepest sympathies for the Buttigieg family
Mike and Leslie Mackiewicz
February 1, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of your father and husband. I do enjoyed talking with him. It was on offer the joys of working with your friends and family. See you at The Morris Inn.
Karem Berebitsky
February 1, 2019
The news of Joe's passing shocked and saddened me. I own him as a friend, as fine scholar and as a gentleman. He is sorely missed. Joe was a remarkable man, of vast knowledge, humble, and respectful to all. Thank you Joe for your legacy.
Sincere condolences to his dear family, his joy and pride. May his soul rest in peace.

Henry Cappello
(Malta and Phoenix- Arizona)
Henry Cappello
February 1, 2019
Very saddened by the loss of a good friend, a fine scholar, and a good hearted man. I know Joe as a person of vast knowledge, critical thinker, but also as an amazing person, a gentleman, and as someone who could relate to others with diverse opinions with tremendous respect and openness. I miss conversing with him.
My sincere condolences to his family. May his soul rests in peace.

Henry Cappello (Malta and Arizona - USA)
February 1, 2019
My sympathy and prayers are with you, Mrs. Buttigieg, Pete, and family.
Cindy Madden
January 30, 2019
My sincere condolences to Ann ,mayor Pete Chasten and all of the Buttigieg Family
Dan Mercado
January 30, 2019
Sending condolences to Mayor Pete and his family on the loss of his father. I pray Jesus will ease the pain of your loss as the Angels carry him to Heaven.
Frances Bailey
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