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May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

 

Robert's maternal grandmother was Irish. In her home she had the proverb above in cross-stitch and would read it to her grandchildren.


Military Career

Robert was very proud to have served his conntry as a Sergent in The United States Marine Corps 2nd Brigade 2nd Anglico and to be part of their proud history.

You can learn about all of the Anglico units here and Roberts particular unit here.

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Military Honours

On May 3rd, 2012 a ceremony of military honour was held for Robert at the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.


Presidential Honour

 

Presidential Honour, signed by President Obama


Interests & Hobbies

Roberts fascination with the Milirary started early in his life

 

At an early age, Robert had a keen interest in military history. He knew many obscure facts about the Vietnam, Korean and World Wars.


He was proud to be part of the US Marine Corps. It was a job he loved and a life he lived for. He considered the Marines his family. He often remarked that his fellow comrades were his brothers. Robert was a brave, gentle and quiet hero.

Ever since a child Robert was interested in history, especially Vietnam, Korea and the World Wars

 

Robert loved sports, both playing and watching them. He followed the Green Bay Packers in American football, the New York Rangers in ice hockey, in baseball the New York Mets and his football team was Liverpool FC.

He belonged to 2 groups on Facebook:

Lightening in the Sky

2nd Anglico Marin Corps

 

packersrangersmetsliverpool

  Robert followed the Packers, NY Rangers and soccer team Liverpool

 

Robert grew up reading the tales of Tintin

 

 

 

 

Robert also grew up reading Hergé's Adventures Of Tintin - comic/story books about a globe trotting reporter.

 

Robert was always exceptional at remembering birthdays and anniversaries

 

Robert was born in Hong Kong and spent his early years there before moving to America. He was proud of his Chinese heritage and was fluent in Cantonese.

 

Robert spent many years in Hamina, Finland where his two sons Eetu and Otto still live.

 

 

 

Robert lived In Finland where his two boys still live

 

 

As a child, to pass the time, Robert invented a sports game that involved the roll of the die which determined the scores of football, hockey, baseball and American football teams

 

 

As a child, to pass the time, Robert invented a sports game that involved the roll of the die which determined the scores of football, hockey, baseball and American football teams.

 

The green Cedar tree appears on the national flag of Lebannon

- where Robert completed a tour of duty as a US marine.

 

As a US Marine, Robert did a tour of Lebannon - The green Cedar tree appears on their flag

 

With his health tradgically worsening Robert would still put others first, hiding his own pain away as much as possible behind a smile - like playing ball with his young nephews when the weight alone of catching a ball was painful to deal with.

 

Robert was always thoughtful and considerate. He was exceptional at remembering birthdays and anniversaries.

 

 

Always a keen reader, Robert enjoyed reading thrillers from many authors, some of his favorites were by Robert Ludlum.

 

 

 

 

Robert liked a wide variety of music, including Rory Gallagher, ELO and The Beatles - he loved Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.

 

Robert enjoyed reading Robert Ludlum novels

 

Robert loved Pink Floyd's dark Side Of The Moon


Messages

A.J.wood


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A.J.Wood


wow . so sad , memory ha - where to begin I must say I have great respect and much love for hotung - he was my friend (tears) .we became great friends after I tried to teach him to swim by almost drowning him day after day he never quit he never gave up I would literary drag him by his safety vest out to the buey and back - he became great confident swimmer and gained respect of the whole platoon -once he called Hong Kong to speak with his mother and he put me on the phone saying mom this is the guy taught me to swim. he was the only guy I knew called his mom from Okinawa -one day we were out in town and a couple other marines were hassling him ,I was recovering from a parachute accident and had busted left arm so I told him let it go I cant do any thing ! well we went out side and hotung beat this guy down and knocked him out cold and his buddy didn't want no part it was classic -we laughed our way all the way back to base! we called him chuck Bo after that like ( ram bo) When he left the island I made his paddle

Three words would use to describe Robert:cool as hell

A.J woodMichigan


I stumbled across this page on the internet looking for an image of a former USMC Sniper and am shocked and saddened to learn that Robert passed away. I served with him at 3rd Recon Bn, Okinawa 1984-85. I will look for and scan a photo to upload ASAP. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Three words would use to describe Robert:Quiet, Dependable, Gung-Ho

Todd PrestonMiami, FL


Dear Bob;So sad to hear this terrible news,now you are in a better place¡¡¡Remenbering the days with you and your brothers Sean,Eric,at St Cloud,private tutorials in England.I´ll send your family all my love.Rest in peace,see you again in a while¡¡

Three words would use to describe Robert:great person,a friend

Agustín de Larragan


Although you left us a year ago, you're still with us. We'll never forget you. Semper Fi.

MaraUK


Robert, or as I new him then in the eighties, "Bobby" will always have a special place in my heart. He was my one and only love and throughtout my life I have always remembered him with fondest thoughts. We regained and remained in contact with each other from 2004 and when he left us, I was devastated. He was the type of person that any family member would be immensly proud of. You are always in my thoughts Bobby. Love always Shireen

Shireen Butler nee FordEast Devon, England, United Kingdom


Dear Mara, WOW, your gaw gaw (哥哥) was an amazing man! Not only was Robert a natural born leader in his profession and to his family, Robert was a man of humanity. In addition, his humility and zest to live life to the fullest is most admirable. I wish that I had the opportunity to meet and hear him talk about Military History, his tour of duty in Lebanon and his Great Danes! I cannot imagine yours and your family's loss of such an incredible human being. Mara, thank you for sharing Robert's life with all of us!

Three words would use to describe Robert:caring, sincere, funny

Catherine CheungVancouver, BC, Canada


Robert was an amazing brother - he helped me in every way a brother should - he carried me on his shoulders when I was too hot and tired to walk, he let me drink Coke when he knew I wasn't allowed, he told me he loved me and that no matter what, he always would. He listened patiently to every problem, he offered advice when he could and always encouraged me when I was low. He never, ever missed a birthday - he let me wear his golden paratrooper wings and always gave the funniest gifts.....perfume from CVS and a tinkerbell necklace from Disney (when I was 32!!) I still have it and cherish it dearly. Robert was a tower of strength upon whom we all leaned - I love you and think of you everyday. I know you are watching over me and the kids - they talk about all the times you made them laugh - how lucky they were to know you for at least a short time...we will keep your memory alive with the pictures and stories.

Three words would use to describe Robert:Bobby E. Hots (remember that?)hahaha

Sheridan HotungSkillman, NJ


Although our path together ended, Bob stayed in my life. He was a true true friend, to me and to my whole family. We miss him so much. I know that he is with God now, and we will meet again some day...

Three words would use to describe Robert:true loyal funny

Kaisa JauhiainenHamina, Finland


Unreal I have so far in life not met or known anyone who was that connected in life and yet was one of us. Honor, dedication to duty, and the love of fellow Marine was a common virtue of Robert Hotung. I can't say enough good about Rob. I never saw him unnerved, angry, or put off by an issue. Always calm, cool, and collected. Good Marine.

John Dade


This is an amazing honor. Those of us that served with Bob found him to be steady and humble. Unlike too many people in the world, he never traded on his family's positions. He was "but a warrior for the working day".

Dan Radcliff


Sophia and I were deeply honoured to collect the American flag that was flying over the US Consulate in Hong Kong on 15th January, presented in Robert's honour by the US Consul-General in an engraved Marine shadow box. We are now sending it on its way to the USA. We are so proud of you, Robert. Rest in peace. Joanna Hotung

Joanna Hotung


See when we get there man. Thanks for the words of wisdom. Thanks for all the help.

Stephan McNett


You were a good friend and a helluva Marine. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Anglico (Rough Riders) - Cold Weather Training 1984... Hotung you will be missed! Semper Fi!

Baron Coker


So sorry to hear about Robert. This is how I will remember him, happy on a hot summer's day on my boat on the Finnish Gulf. RIP my friend, I will always miss you.

Larwi Kelland


Robert and I went to HS together. He was a special man. I always respected the sacrifices he made to be true to himself. Robert carved his own path unmoved by outside seduction or enticements. True grit, Integrity, and Forbearance. And away from that...... Robert washilarious, made us all laugh our asses off. Be well good man, Robert Hotung.

Mark Resnick


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Events & Updates

Memorial Mass for Robert

15.01.2014 3:41 PM

We held a small memorial Mass for Robert this afternoon. It was short and sweet.   The way Robert wanted it.
The first reading was from the Prophet Isaiah  (25,6-9)
 
"On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples
a banquet of rich food.
On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples, 
and the shroud enwrapping all nations, 
he will destroy death for ever.
The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek; 
he will take away his people's shame everywhere on earth, 
for the Lord has said so.
That day it will be said: See this is our God 
in whom we hoped for salvation; 
the Lord is the one in whom we hoped. 
We exult and we rejoice that he has saved us."
 
Robert was a brave man and a remarkable brother. He is missed and very much loved.
Semper Fi
 


Charities

Robert was very keen on rasiing awareness (and money!) for a multitude of charities and good causes, three however were very close to his heart - the Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Wounded Warriors Project- details of all three can be found below. We're sure he would like them close to your hearts too.

 

Some of Roberts charity certificates and letters of apprecation

 

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Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association

www.hkjda.org

Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association (HKJDA) is a charity established in 2001, dedicated to supporting children and adolescents with diabetes and their families in Hong Kong.

 

Our membership reflects a mixture of children and adults with diabetes, parents, medical professionals and other interested individuals from diverse backgrounds, who come together to share experiences and to improve the lives of children affected by diabetes.

Support has concentrated on family sharing events, organising activities for children, educating parents, and developing public awareness to overcome the prejudice and difficulties diabetic children have to overcome at school and in the community.

Mission

To support children and adolescents with diabetes and their families in HK

Vision

No child being held back because of diabetes

Objectives

 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

www.jdrf.org.uk

JDRF is the type 1 diabetes charity, improving lives until we find the cure. We’re totally focused on type 1 diabetes, and are run by people with type 1, for people with type 1.

 

We fund research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. We provide information for children, adults and parents living with the condition, at all stages from diagnosis and beyond. We give a voice to people with type 1 diabetes and campaign for increased focus on, and funding for, research to find the cure.

JDRF is a global organisation working towards the cure. Internationally, we are the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research. We work with academia, industry and governments to make sure that the research we fund has the greatest possible impact on the lives of people with type 1 now and in the future.

Cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes

Globally, JDRF has invested £1billion in funding critical research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and its complications.

For more than four decades we have been at the forefront of developments, finding new ways to treat type 1, and progressing towards being able to halt, reverse and prevent it. By seeking out, assessing and monitoring the best research in the world, no matter where it is, we drive the breakthroughs that improve treatment and that will ultimately cure type 1 diabetes.

Living with type 1 diabetes

Because we have people with type 1 diabetes at the heart of our organisation, we know that living with type 1 makes life just that bit tougher, and we think that people with type 1 don’t get a fair deal.

That’s why, as well as funding research, we also give a voice to people with type 1. We campaign for greater research funding and for access to the treatments and technologies to make your life easier today. We also work to differentiate type 1 from type 2 diabetes and provide information for all stages of living with type 1 – from diagnosis and beyond

Wounded Warrior Project

www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) serves military service members who incurred service-connected wounds, injuries, or illnesses on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.

 

Sept. 11 also served as a stimulus for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to military operations in Iraq that began March 19, 2003 and officially ended August 31, 2010. Operation Enduring Freedom refers to combat operations in Afghanistan and other regions in support of the Global War on Terror. Operation New Dawn refers to the conclusion of operations in Iraq beginning September 1, 2010 and ending December 15, 2011.

For WWP, there is a distinct difference between members and alumni; the term alumni indicates a mutual shared experience and denotes your place in an organization was earned. There are no dues here - those were paid by wearing the uniform and on the battlefield.

Surviving the battlefield.

With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.

In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

A catalyst for change.

With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.


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