|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1935|
|Death: ||Jun. 12, 2009|
Charles H. Abbott, 73, of Falmouth, passed away on June 12, 2009 at the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough with his family by his side after a four-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was born October 26, 1935 in Rumford, the oldest son of Lucille and Warren Abbott. He attended Rumford schools, Bowdoin College on a State of Maine Scholarship, and Yale Law School.
Raised on a working farm, Charlie's connection to his Maine roots never abated during his remarkable career.
From 1958 – 1960, he served as First Lieutenant, United States Army and was a Special Agent in the United States Counterintelligence Corps (CIC), the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency. In the CIC, Charlie was responsible for the security of Heads of State and dignitaries such as former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman, Fidel Castro, and Nikita Khrushchev.
Charlie was a financial analyst at Dunn & Bradstreet, Inc. before entering law school in 1960. Upon graduation, he became a partner in the Auburn-based law firm of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott. Ultimately, he became Chairman of the Board until his retirement.
In the Legal community, Charlie was renowned for his integrity, guidance, and intellect; his dedication to his profession; and for being a both a lawyer and a gentleman.
For decades, Maine leaders sought his counsel.
From 1975-1976, Charlie was a member of the Governor's Executive Council, and from 1976-1986 served on the Maine Board of Executive Clemency.
He was appointed by President Carter to the United States Judge Selection Commission for the First Circuit, and had been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1978.
In the 1970s, he served on the Civil Rules and Criminal Rules Committees of the Supreme Judicial Court, and the Supreme Court Liaison Committee between the Bench and Bar.
While in Auburn, he was an Assistant County Attorney, President of the Androscoggin County Bar Association, and a member of the Charter Revision Commission.
In 1988, Charlie became a member of the Board of Directors for Central Maine Power Company, serving as Vice Chairman from 1997 to 2001. From 2000 to 2005, he was on the Board of Directors of Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff, Co., in York, PA.
Toward the end of his career, Charlie was in great demand in Maine as an arbitrator and mediator of choice.
Over the years, Charlie was a trustee for the Auburn chapter of the Red Cross, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Theater at Monmouth.
Reading was Charlie's passion, and he spent years researching and writing about the Abbott family genealogy.
An avid outdoorsman throughout his life, Charlie enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hiking in the Maine woods with the Abbotts and friends, and traded countless stories around family camps, inspired by these adventures.
In later years, he enjoyed spending time at the beach in Florida with his grandchildren and playing golf with his wife and their many friends.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 20 years, Mary Holt Abbott; son Woods Abbott, his wife Susan, and their children Brittany and Matthew of Wilmington, MA; son Edward Abbott, his wife Christine, and their children Zachary and Andrew of Leesburg, VA; daughter Ann Abbott Wendler, her husband Luke Wendler, and their son Asa of San Francisco, CA; stepdaughter Jody Myers of Morristown, NJ; stepson Darren Myers, his wife Melissa, and their children Calvin, Carson, and Cashton of La Crosse, WI; brother Walter Abbott and his wife Carol of Orono, and their children Steven, Scott, and Sherry; brother Wilder "Kim" Abbott and his wife Alice of New York, NY, and their children Lucy and George. Also, there will be three additional grandchildren born in the coming months to Edward and Ann.
A Celebration of Charlie's Life will be held 10:30am on Saturday, June 20th at the First Parish Church in Brunswick, followed by a reception in the Daggett Lounge of Thorne Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. Burial will be at Rumford Center Cemetery Sunday, June 21st at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:
Alzheimer's Association – Maine Chapter
170 US Route 1, Suite 250
Falmouth, ME 04105
To send an In Memoriam or to print a copy of the obituary, please visit www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
Rumford Center Cemetery
Created by: John W. Van Dyke
Record added: Apr 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68190295
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