Ralph W. Abbott, 1943-2019

Ralph W. Abbott
Ralph W. Abbott, 1943-2019. Photo provided

ANDOVER, Vt. – Ralph W. Abbott, 75, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 10, 1943 in South Londonderry, Vt., the son of Henry Winston and Ella Melissa (Beers) Abbott. He attended school in Chester, Vt.

On March 11, 1995, he married Donna M. Peterson in South Londonderry, Vt. Ralph worked as a machine operator at Smith’s Lumber Mill in South Londonderry for many years. He worked at the Janeway Farm in South Londonderry, Vt. and also as a painter with Bob Clark and with Ron Bacon Painting. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and time spent with family and friends and his dogs Patches Winston Abbott and Polly Doodles Abbott.

He is survived by his wife Donna M. Peters-Abbott of Andover, brothers Nelson Abbott and Henry Abbott of Londonderry, Vt.; children Ralph W. Wilkins (Michelle) of Athens, Vt., Kellie M. Westberry of Windham, Maine, Jerry W. Abbott (Donna J.) of West Rutland, Vt., Vickie M. Hart of Weston, Jesse Peters (Angie) of Ludlow, Vt., Rebecca Peters (Eric Reid) of Rutland, Vt., and Candie Lebarron of Cambridge, N.Y.; grandchildren Robert J. Kirkbride of Naples, Maine, Joshua Abbott (Kristy Domina) of Callahan, Fla., Joseph Kirkbride (Jenica) of Windham, Maine, Morgan Hart of Weston, Vt., Theresa Baker (Scott) of Rutland, Vt., Thomas Gaiotti of Danby, Vt., Jonathan L. Mason of Pownal, Vt., Kianna E. Peters of Ludlow, Vt., Tiara A. Freeman of Rutland, Vt., and Rihanna Freeman of Rutland, Vt.; great-grandchildren Brynnley Kirkbride and Maverick R. Kirkbride of Naples, Maine, and Charlotte J. Baker of Rutland, Vt. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, parents, and sisters Winona J. Johnson in 2007 and Wanda J. Bendig in 2019, also predeceased by aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date and announced at that time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to assist his family with service expenses, c/o Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., Springfield, VT 05156.

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