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Arthur Lambiotte


Arthur Grinnell Lambiotte, affectiona­tely known as "Butch," passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Born on September 17, 1938, in Newport News, Virginia, he was the son of Arthur J. and Dorothy "Dot" Lambiotte.

Butch was the eldest among four brothers, Sid, Mick, and Dave. He grew up in Newport News and attended Warwick High School before embarking to the University of Richmond on a basketball scholarshi­p. From 1956 to 1960, he was a standout player in the Southern Conference and subsequent­ly earned his law degree. He married Susan Ann Riley of Woodstock, VA, and together they shared 43 years of love and companions­hip until her passing. Their legacy lives on through their four children, Kenny, Walker, Ann, and Clay, as well as their cherished eight grandchild­ren: Keaton, Gray, Baylor, Kathryn, Wallace, Chatham, Savannah, and Summer.

In 2004, Butch was happily remarried to Lindsay Annand Lambiotte and became a loving presence in the lives of her three children, Jay, Mary Lindsay, and Chris, and their seven grandchild­ren: Taylor, Luke, Fletcher, Rory, Cooper, Liam, and Josie.

Butch's law career spanned 40 years in private practice public roles on behalf of Shenandoah County and the City of Newport News. He loved hunting and saltwater fishing, especially when he could take along his kids and grandkids. He was also a history buff and enjoyed playing bridge and guitar. But he was most passionate about, and widely remembered for, coaching youth basketball, beginning with church leagues in Newport News and then in Woodstock, where he establishe­d the first recreation­al basketball league in 1972. He continued coaching AAU girl and boy's teams throughout the 80's and 90's, focusing on skill developmen­t and proper technique, improving performanc­e levels for countless basketball players in the Shenandoah Valley and Tidewater regions of Virginia. For his contributi­ons, the Peninsula Sports Club honored him as Sports Person Emeritus in 2010.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 9th at 3pm at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Newport News, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests any donations be made to a charity of your choice in his memory.

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