Captain Abbot was one of two Canadian aircrew members who lost their lives in the crash of their McDonnell CF-101B ‘Voodoo’ (#101055) aircraft while attempting a landing on runway 25 at the Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. With RCAF 416 Squadron, the airmen were stationed at CFB Chatham in New Brunswick. Captain Aldert OOSTENBRUG also perished in this aircraft accident.
From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial-
Service Number: F79 555 234
Force: Royal Canadian Air Force
Unit: 416 All Weather Fighter Squadron
Citation(s): Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force on 1 Sept 1967 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Son of Robert Glen and Mary Norma Abbott of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; brother of Brent and Richard Abbott; husband of Joan Margaret (née Code) Abbott and father of Robert Trent and Kyra Joy Abbott of Chatham, New Brunswick.
Captain Robert Reid Abbott is commemorated on Page 172 of the 'In the Service of Canada' Book of Remembrance.