ABBOTT, Charles Cortez Jr., of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed away after a long illness, to join his Heavenly Father, Thursday, February 28, 2013. He was born on June 27, 1941 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the late Charles Cortez Abbott and Louise Slocum Abbott. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, John William Abbott and Hunter Austin Abbott. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of nearly 49 years, Byrd Williams Abbott (daughter of John "Billy" and Laura Williams) whom he met at a Tea Dance at Farmington Country Club. In addition to his wife, Byrd, he is survived by their sons, Charles C. Abbott III and his wife, Amy, of Los Cabos, Mexico, and James A. Abbott, of Alexandria, Virginia; his granddaughters, Wylie Elizabeth, Halston Hayes, and Olivia Susan Abbott; his siblings, Margaret Ellen Eubank, Louise Williams, William Abbott, and Preston Abbott and their families. Also surviving him are his sister-in-law, Martha Hayes Anderson and her husband, Ward and their children; and his childhood Governess, Emma Feige, whose devoted love and kindness endeared her as a member of the family not only to Cort, but to his children as well. Mr. Abbott was a graduate of The Harvard Business School, The University of Virginia (UVA), The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville Connecticut, and Browne & Nichols in Cambridge Massachusetts. While at UVA he was a member of the Raven Society, Sigma Chi, and the ROTC. Cort proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was a recipient of the Norfolk Mace. He had an extensive career in finance with R.J. Reynolds's Tobacco, Maersk - Sea-Land and Bonded Distribution. He was also active in the community and in the arts, having served on the boards of The Richmond Ballet, Computers4Kids (C4K), and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem, which was the first Arts Council in the United States. Cort was a life long member of the Presbyterian Church having served for many years both as a Deacon and as an Elder. He had a passion for golf, tennis, fishing and skiing, and also a love of writing, children, and puppies! The family extends their sincere thanks to Cort's caregivers, Paula, Sandy, Mary, Belle, Lisa, Brenda, and all of the staff at Rosewood Village, the Martha Jefferson House and Legacy Hospice for their kind and compassionate care during his illness. A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday March 9, 2013 at Trinity Presbyterian Church. 3101 Fontaine Ave Exd., Charlottesville, Va. 22903. Burial will take place prior to the service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday March 9, 2013 at Riverview Cemetery. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to The Richmond Ballet at 407 East Canal Street Richmond, Va. 23219, C4K at 945 Second St., SE Charlottesville, Va. 22902, or Legacy Hospice at 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy. #180 Charlottesville, Va. 22911. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.hillandwood.com
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.