Joseph Abate

Joseph Abate

Thursday, January 28th, 1937 - Saturday, December 19th, 2020
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Joseph Abate, MD died in his home surrounded by family in Winchester, MA on December 19, 2020 due to complications from cancer. He was 83. Dr. Abate was born on January 28, 1937 in Medford, MA to Carmen and Frances Abate. He graduated from Tufts University in 1958 and Tufts Medical School in 1962. He wed Maureen Corkery in 1962.

Dr. Abate was devoted to his large and loving family. He was survived by his wife of 58 years, Maureen, his four children and their spouses, Maura Abate and John Welch of Marblehead, MA; Beth Abate Bacon and Daniel Bacon of Bainbridge Island, WA; Joseph C. Abate and Michele Hylemon Abate of Winchester, MA; and Gregory Abate and Kathy Kent Abate of Hollis, NH. Dr. Abate was a proud and supportive grandfather of ten: Liam Welch, Sean Welch, Fiona Welch, Arthur Bacon, Henry Bacon, Annie Abate, William Abate, Megan Abate, Emma Abate, and Margaret Abate. Dr. Abate is also survived by his sister Lucille Abate Lyons of Billerica, MA and his brother Peter Abate of Westford, MA.

A dedicated and thoughtful physician, Dr. Abate was a founding partner in North Suburban Orthopaedic Associates. For more than 50 years, he derived joy from meeting with and healing patients in his Malden, Melrose, and Everett offices. In 2017, he was named Orthopaedist of the Year by the Massachusetts Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Abate held leadership roles in the Friends of the Whidden Memorial Hospital Coalition, was a founder of Metropolitan Bank, and served as a trustee of the Cummings Foundation.

Due to Covid restrictions, all services will be private. Services will be live streamed on Thursday, December 24th at 11:00 a.m.

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Pamela McKinnon

Posted at 02:30am
I was sadden to hear of Dr Abate’s passing today.
I knew him all my life my dad, John McKinnon, and I where all patients
Such a kind kind man. Thank you for sharing all those long hours that he was away with us. May he rest easy

Jeff Glauber

Posted at 08:39pm
Saddened to hear of Dr. Abate's passing. A warm, smart and generous man.

Joe Tully

Posted at 09:50am
My thoughts go out to the entire Abate family. I'll always remember Dr. A. He had a heart of gold - I remember him making a house-call once when my mom though I broke a toe. I'm sure he had already seen 100 patients that day and probably wanted nothing more than to go home and relax, but there he was in our kitchen looking at the toe of some kid that was too dumb to avoid a tree while playing touch football. He was a classic example of the best of his generation, low key and leading by example. Stay well my friends.

Murray Goodman

Posted at 04:41pm
With fondest memories I recall Joe over the years both at Mass Orthopaedic Association and in the greater medical community.
He was a warm individual with a strong devotion to his patients and community. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

Susan Schaffman

Posted at 01:07pm
The MA orthopaedic community extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Abate. Dr. Abate shared countless hours with the MOA as a Board member for over 25 years and was honored in 2017 with the MA Orthopaedic Association's highest award, Orthopaedist of the Year. It was a pleasure to know him and work with him. For 26 years, Dr. Abate served on the MOA Board and as President of the MOA from 1996-1997, until his retirement from the Board in 2016. In 2017, Dr. Abate was honored as the MOA Orthopaedist of the Year.

The MOA was fortunate to have his leadership and commitment to his peers and patients.

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