Robert A. Cattley

Robert A. Cattley, 80, of Mattapoisett died August 30, 2016 peacefully at Sippican Health Care Center surrounded by his family.

He was the husband of Carol D. (Colwell) Cattley for more than 60 years.

Born and raised in Melrose, the son of the late Henry R. and Elizabeth V. (King) Cattley, he lived in Mattapoisett since 1961.

Mr. Cattley received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine at Orono and his Masters of Science Degree from Stanford University. He enjoyed his more than a 40-year career as a Registered Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor. In retirement, he was a volunteer co-project manager for the expansion of the Mattapoisett Free Public Library.

Mr. Cattley served in the U.S. Army and later served in the U.S. Army Reserves retiring at the rank of Colonel. While in the U.S. Army Reserves, he was the Commanding Officer of the 483rd Engineer Battalion.

Bob, as he was known to friends and family, enjoyed spending time with his family, camping and travel. He met his wife to be while camping at Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod and later family camping trips crisscrossed the country. In retirement he enjoyed excursions abroad.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, William Cattley and his wife Charlene of Brighton, MI and David Cattley and his wife Susan of Grafton, MA; a daughter, Deborah Macaulay and her husband Andrew of Johannesburg, South Africa; a sister, Sandra Carraway of Mississippi; a brother, Ronald Cattley and his wife Joanne of Belgrade, ME; A niece, Elizabeth Singley of Louisiana; eight grandchildren, Jessica Whittington and her husband Brandon, Alexander Cattley and his wife Emily, Jocelyn Cattley, Austin Cattley, Benjamin Cattley, Catherine Cattley, Ashley Macaulay and Andrew Macaulay, III; and a grandnephew Wright Singley.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday September 4th from 2-5 PM with Military Honors at 4:45 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Mattapoisett Free Public Library 7 Barstow St., P.O. Box 475 Mattapoisett, MA 02739, the Mattapoisett Historical Society 5 Church St., P.O. Box 535 Mattapoisett, MA 02739, or to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church Capital Campaign 27 Church Street, P.O. Box 284 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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