Robert Alfred Cloutier

  • Born: August 11, 1939
  • Died: February 20, 2018
  • Location: Auburn, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover Street

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert Alfred Cloutier, 78 of Auburn, NH, passed away peacefully on Feburary 20, 2018 at the Elliot Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born in Manchester, NH on August 11, 1939 to the late Joseph and Dorothy (Marion) Cloutier.

After graduating high school, Bob enlisted and honorably served in the United States Army. At a young age he built and drove his own race cars before he even had a driver's liscense. He raced at Manchester Motordrom when he was 15 years old. He was one of the founders of NESMA. He was a super modified race car driver and was well known at Star Speedway, Lee Speedway, Loudon Race Track and all of the local tracks from Canada to Florida.
Captain Bob, as he was known to all his friends, was a very successful business man, who had drive and determination. He owned two businesses during his lifetime. Fresh Atlantic Fisheries, which he ran a charter business for deep sea fishing on his beloved boat Utopia. Bob also owned Affordable Quality Homes and built homes in the Epping and Raymond area.

He loved hunting, fishing, scuba diving and camping. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed telling stories around the campfire with his family and friends, which everyone will miss.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Elizabeth (Gamble) Cloutier of Auburn, NH, sister Dorothy Lee and her husband Don of Manchester, NH, son Brian Cloutier and his wife Laurie of Hooksett, NH, stepsons Joseph Higginbottom and his wife Jodi of Cheyenne, WY, Brian Higginbottom of Manchester, NH, Keith Higginbottom and his wife Michelle of Pelham, NH, Gregory Higginbottom and his wife Amy of Weare,NH, stepdaughers Kerri Leduc and her husband Daniel of Goffstown, NH and Kimberly Chaput and her husband Greg of Lancaster, MA, 26 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

SERVICES: A gathering will be held at Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium located at 243 Hanover St Manchester on Saturday March 3rd 2018 from 1- 3 PM, followed by a memorial service at 3 PM. A celebration of life luncheon will be held immediately following services. Family and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Declan the Dinosaur, a foundation created on behalf of Bob's brave 5 year old great nephew who is currently fighting leukemia. Memorial contributions can be made by visiting or


Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Bob through my late husband George LaBrie Junior, at the gas station I bought Hooksett Rd and bypass 28---He pierced my ears with an ice pick, then hooked up my Morgan horse at Jim Christy's restaurant and took me for a wild sleigh ride down bypass 28...wonderful memories lost when he had a boat in Hampton I think...I think I inherited two of his orange cats I named Bwana and Buddha...

Posted by iris frisella labrie - bonita springs, FL - Friend   December 05, 2019

I met Bob at my Dads office one day back in the early 1970s .He was giving my old man a quart of whiskey for helping him make a mooring for his boat the NESMA ,we became good friends and did a lot together . I just was told of his passing about 1 hour ago. He was a great man and he excelled at everything he did and he will be missed .Fair winds and following seas my friend I'll see you on the other side of the bar.

Posted by Rick Gauron - key west, FL - friend   June 18, 2019

My condolences to the friends and family. I'm sorry to learn of Captain Bobs Passing. I grew up on the Utopia and The good Captain taught me well. Thanks for the education and the Memories Captain (Clorox) Robert (Bob) Cloutier. James Waldrip formerly of Newburyport.

Posted by James Waldrip - Haverhill, MA - Friend   January 29, 2019

While I only knew Bob for a short time, I enjoyed hearing his stories about fishing and trips on Utopia. Everywhere I go along the coast people recognize the boat and have a story to tell. Bob was the real deal, a legend, and we are proud to be taking care of his pride and joy and keeping Utopia out on the water.

Posted by Jack Farrell - Durham, NH - Friend   March 01, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers to the family. The LeBlanc Family (cousins) - Emile, Dick, Dolores, Marc, Gary.

Posted by Dolores LeBlanc - Goffstown, NH - Family   February 28, 2018

Brian and entire Cloutier Family,
I'm sorry for this great loss to You and Your Family.

Posted by John KOWACK - Manchester, NH   February 28, 2018

I first met Bob through Diver's Den Dive shop as a scuba diver and we re-connected years later when we both operated charter boats out of Kittery, Me. We fished along side each other many-a-day out at Jeffrey's ledge and shared boat woes, 'fish tales' and other interests. Fair winds and following seas Capt Bob. Barry, Flora & Bryan Bush and the crew of 'Seafari'

Posted by A friend   February 27, 2018

So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Michelle (Dutra) Reischer - Manchester, NH   February 27, 2018

So sorry to hear about Bobby's passing. My husband and I followed his racing career for many years. He was such a wonderful man. RIP

Posted by Marilyn & Don Pelletier - Hooksett, NH   February 27, 2018

RIP Cousin Bob... You will be missed
Pete & Elaine

Posted by Elaine LeBlanc - Merrimack, NH - Family   February 26, 2018

While saddened by Bob's passing, we are happy to have shared so very many fun times at Kittery Landing on the Utopia, the Lady Patricia and KinShip. Captain Bill and I will forever hold these memories dear to our hearts. With much love we wish our friend Bob, a "Bon Voyage".

Posted by Patty & Bill Wagner - Deerfield, NH - Friend   February 26, 2018

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