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May 29, 1923 - March 13, 2010
Milton Abbazia passed away at Tarzana, California where he had lived for the past 45 years, his beloved wife Lucille at his side. Milton was born May 29, 1923 to Oreste and Frieda Abbazia. He was a loving husband to Lucille for over 60 years, a devoted father to his daughters Lisa Bronner and Jan Martin (Greg), and a beloved grandfather to Michael and Ryan Bronner and Elizabeth Martin. He is also survived by his brother Bert (Theresa) of Summit, New Jersey, and sister, Diana Holdridge (Steve) of Wilmington, North Carolina, sister-in-law Adelle Moore, brother-in-law Ed Stone (Maxine) uncle to Russell Moore (Mary), Nanci Badiner, Jim Holdridge, Heather Holdridge, Linda Abromitis (John), Loralee Beard (Les) and Janet Petzel (Matt), many grand-nieces and nephews, the Martin and Janssen families of Melbourne, Australia, and many devoted friends
Milton was born in the Bronx. He was still a baby when his family moved to rural New Jersey, where they, along with others, founded Chatham Colony so their children could experience a wholesome, natural upbringing.
Milton graduated University of Alabama in 1945 with a B.S.E.E. and came to California pursuing his profession and meeting the love of his life, Lucille Coray, a native Californian and UCLA graduate.
Milton rose quickly in his profession working for some of the largest electrical contractors at the time, including Fischbach & Moore, California Electric, Howard P. Foley and Newbery Electric. For the last 22 years he worked for Steiny & Company until just a few months before his passing. Some of his many and varied projects included the Titan I Missile Base in South Dakota, the Grand Coulee Dam, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, Disneyland California Adventure and the original MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
Close behind his love of family was Milton's love of golf, having golfed at Gleneagles, Scotland and playing yearly at Pebble Beach tournaments sponsored by Steiny & Company. He was a member for many years of Calabasas County Club. Milton was a member of the U.S.C. Architectural Guild, UNICO, an Italian cultural and service organization and a member of the Univ. of Alabama E.E. fraternity.
Milton was a wonderful, generous and loving husband, father and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. A private "Celebration of Life" will be held at a later date with family and close friends.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 21, 2010