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Donald Abbott

Donald S Abbott

Monday, May 1st, 1944 - Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
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ABBOTT, Father Donald S. Age 76, formerly of Charleston, SC, passed away peacefully at Mount Saint Rita Nursing Home in Cumberland, RI. Don was predeceased by his father, Donald S. Abbott of Winchester, MA, and his mother, Cecilia McManus of Cambridge and Winchester, MA. Born and raised in Winchester, MA, Don graduated from Winchester High School, Class of 1962. Upon graduation, he served 3 years in the US Air Force, assigned to the Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC. Don was an active member in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and the Goldsboro, NC Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. He was a graduate of St. Mary's College in Saint Mary, KY, and furthered his religious quest at Christ the King Seminary at Saint Bonaventure University in New York. In May 1973, he fulfilled his dreams by being ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, MA. Don chose to spend his religious vocation in the south, feeling that there was a need to support Catholicism. He was devoted to his ministry, serving as pastor in several Catholic communities and completed his ministry at St. Gerard's Parish in Aiken, SC. Feeling the need to be near his hometown and family, Don temporarily moved north and had the privilege of working as pastor in various churches in the Boston diocese. He was able to be a strong companion to our mom, and at the same time spend quality time visiting friends and favorite spots in Maine and Cape Cod. He was an avid cyclist and swimmer. He again became active in men's organizations and the Rotary. His last assignment in Boston was at Saint Augustine's and St. Monica Church in South Boston, MA. Don is survived by his sisters Katharine McNally and her husband Terence of North Attleboro, MA, Jane Abbott MacDonald of Glen, NH, and Ann Bowler and her husband Edward of Millsboro, DE, as well as many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews, all living on the east coast. Don was a truly dedicated priest who was welcoming to all and accepting and embraced differing lifestyles. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Church in Winchester, MA. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to join the family for committal prayers on Saturday March 6th at 11am at Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Mount Saint Rita Healthcare Center, 15 Sumner Brown Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864. Arrangements are under the care of Lane Funeral Home, WINCHESTER, MA. If you wish to express a condolence or leave a fond memory, please visit www.lanefuneral.com Lane Funeral Home
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Service Details

  • Interment

    Saturday, March 6th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 6th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    Wildwood Cemetery
    Address
    42 Palmer Street
    WINCHESTER, MA 01890
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Shelia Hunt

Posted at 09:08pm
My condolences go out to Donnie’s sisters-Jane , Kathy and Ann and their families. I had the pleasure of dining with Donnie many years ago at an local establishment. He was a wonderful man. Love, Shelia Hunt
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Marie Earnest

Posted at 08:22pm
Father Don was an engaging and enthusiastic priest at Saint Augustine's Church in South Boston. He made a great effort to meet and get to know his parishioners. I can picture him outside the Church greeting everyone before and after Mass. He truly cared about this community. He loved to ride his bicycle all around the town. He was a character! He was greatly admired by many and will be thought of fondly.
The Earnest Family
South Boston, MA

Russell Brown

Posted at 01:47pm
Father Don bought me into the church 13 years ago. He loved to sing and loved God. Showed it in all he did. We attended his Bible Studies and Lenten programs he led. They were always an inspiration to us. What a wonderful Priest he was. I ' am sure he touched lives with his love of God and people. Photo is of Father Don's 40th anniversary 5/19/13 at St. Anthony' in Walterboro,SC

Russell Brown

Posted at 01:47pm
Father Don bought me into the church 13 years ago. He loved to sing and loved God. Showed it in all he did. We attended his Bible Studies and Lenten programs he led. They were always an inspiration to us. What a wonderful Priest he was. I ' am sure he touched lives with his love of God and people. Photo is of Father Don's 40th anniversary 5/19/13 at St. Anthony' in Walterboro,SC
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Alicia McKenney

Posted at 07:30am
I was very saddened to hear that Donnie had passed. I was able to keep communicating with him for many years but lost contact a few years back. He was always a wonderful neighbor and made everyone feel special. I’ll always remember him riding his bicycle when visiting the old neighborhood. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers.
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