Westport, CT — William F. Abbott, Jr., (Bill) passed away peacefully on March 18, surrounded by love and support from his family and friends.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Patricia (Pat); his son, Richard Abbott of Bridgeport, CT; his daughter, Sally Cadoux and her husband, Peter, of Westport, CT; and three grandchildren, Stephen, Philip and Elysse. Bill had been a resident of Westport for over 50 years.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, he was predeceased by his parents, William Sr. and Florence Abbott, and by his brother, George E. Abbott. Bill was immensely proud of his Mayflower heritage, dating back through many generations of the James family to Elder William Brewster, the fourth signer of the Mayflower compact.
A graduate of Salem High School (1943) and Phillips Academy, Andover (1944), Bill dominated in many athletic pursuits, especially in baseball, where he earned a contract to play with the Boston Red Sox Farm team. Although a wonderful prospect, Bill instead enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving as Quartermaster 3rd. Class. Upon his honorable discharge, Bill attended and graduated from Duke University, class of 1950.
Having a talent for speech and literature, Bill pursued a career in Radio and Television working in broadcasting for several CT stations and CBS television in New York. He was appointed V.P. of The George P. Hollingberry Co., in New York.
His pursuits after retirement were filled with historic significance by first researching, writing and publishing “The Names on the Wall,” a Sociological analysis of our Vietnam casualties whose names appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. He then turned his attention to historic nostalgia and created the “Great 20th Century Memory Bank,” a calendar and card company documenting noteworthy highlights from the 20th Century.
The family will be receiving friends and family at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, in Westport, CT, on Sunday, March 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. Internment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s name can be made to: The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880. Condolences for the Abbott family may be left online at www.hardingfuneral.com.