SINCLAIRVILLE - Richard P. Abbey, 81, died Monday, July 12, 2010, at his home at Abbey Road, Sinclairville, N.Y.
Richard was born April 25, 1929, at WCA Hospital Jamestown N.Y., the son of the late Alfred C. and Lelah Abbey.
He graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 1947. He was a truck driver for Roadway Express, where he worked for 25 years. He also worked for Ludwig Construction and was a member of the 649 Teamsters Union. Mr. Abbey lived in Chautauqua County his entire adult life.
Richard was an active member and trustee of the Sinclarville 76ers, Meals on Wheels, and Sinclairville Fire Department, where he help with many community projects. He was active in community service. Richard was the Boy Scouts Explorer leader of troop 85. He helped to bring Cockaigne Ski Resort to the area by developing the trails. He was a member of the Route 60 Commission, served as chairman of the Sinclairville Health Care Commission. He was a former Republican chairman for the town of Charlotte.
He is survived by his wife, Doris M. Abbey of Sinclairville, N.Y., whom he married Aug. 21, 1948; three sons: Roger (Nancy) Abbey of Brantingham, N.Y., Edwin Abbey of Cassadaga, N.Y., and James (Mia) Abbey of Cherry Creek, N.Y,; three daughters: Marilyn (Greg) Josephson of Flower Mound, Texas, Sharon (Runee) Prince of Jamestown, N.Y., and Linda (Jeff) Barnes of Falconer, N.Y.; a brother, Alfred (Kay) Abbey Jr. of Cherry Creek, N.Y., a sister, Betty Turzillo of Silver Creek, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren: Theresa (James) Hopkins of New Jersey, Tad (Gier) Abbey of Charlottesville, Va., David Josephson of Flower Mound, Texas, Shawn (Elizabeth) Abbey of South Dayton, N.Y., Kristine McKinnis of Texas, Britt (Heidi) Abbey of Lowville, N.Y., Ashley (Jeremy) Dates of Brockport, N.Y., Tom Barnes of Queen Creek, Ariz., Ryan Newell of Jamestown, N.Y., Brandon (Lindsay) Newell of Warren, Ohio, Morgan Abbey of Silver Creek, N.Y., and Chantel Abbey of Cherry Creek, N.Y.; three great-grandchildren: Matthew McKinnis, Matthew Abbey and Abrianna Newell.
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