|Birth: ||Dec. 8, 1936|
|Death: ||Jul. 11, 2008|
EAST WINTHROP, ME -- On July 11, 2008, James H. Abbott Jr., 71, finished his life journey surrounded by his family. Born in Jamaica Plains, Mass., he was the son of James H. and Christine (Reid) Abbott.
He grew up in Orono and was a 1955 graduate of Orono High School. In 1957, he graduated from Martin Methodist College in Tennessee; from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., in 1959, and received his master's degree from University of Maine in Gorham.
On Dec. 27, 1959, he married Beverly Gardner. Mr. and Mrs. Abbott have resided in East Winthrop since 1995 and previously lived in St. Paul, Minn., Ellsworth, Richmond and Bath, Maine, and Lexington, Ky.
Jim taught elementary school for more than 30 years in Ellsworth, Richmond, and Phippsburg. At Phippsburg Elementary School, he coached boys' basketball team.
Jim was an active member of the United Methodist Church in the various communities in which he lived. At the time of his death, Jim was a member of the board of directors of the United Methodist Economic Ministries in Salem.
During his lifetime he was a camper, counselor and director at Camp Mechuwana of the United Methodist Church in Winthrop. From his teenage years up, Jim had a passion for raising, showing, and judging rabbits, which he shared with family and friends. Through the National Rabbit Breeders Association he was recognized as a registrar and judge of rabbits.
His hobbies included collecting baseball cards, Dept. 56 villages, electric trains, and gardening -- especially day lilies and hostas.
Surviving are his wife, Beverly Gardner Abbott of East Winthrop; his son, Rev. David Abbott and his wife, Lisa, of Belfast; two daughters, Sheila Wells and her husband, Glen; and Kimberly Helton and her husband, Tommy, all of Pulaski, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Christopher D. Abbott and Matthew J. Abbott both of Belfast; Kristie N. Wells and Brandon J. Wells both of Pulaski, Tenn.; two sisters, Linda Candage and her husband, Harvard, of Naples and Florida, and Sharon Garcia and her husband, John, of Alamo, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Kathleen Gardner Field and her husband, John, of Orono; a brother-in-law, Stephen Gardner of Sedona, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his nephew, Abbott Garcia.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday July 15, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Belfast (23 Mill Lane) with the Rev. Dr. Thom Blackstone officiating. A reception will be held immediately after the service followed by interment at the Riverside Cemetery in Orono. Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Economic Ministry, 1458 Salem Rd, Salem Township, Maine 04983. The family wants to especially thank the nurses and doctors on Special Care Unit 4 at Maine Medical Center for their loving care of Jim and support of his family. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden.
Published in the Morning Sentinel on 7/13/2008
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Record added: Jun 12, 2009
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