John Lloyd Richard (Jack) Abbey
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John Lloyd Richard (Jack) Abbey passed away on September 10, 2012, with his devoted daughter Jill at his side. Jack was born on March 28, 1922, in Seattle, Washington. He is survived by three daughters, Jill residing in Seattle, Terry residing in Monterrey, California, and Edith residing in Los Angeles, California, numerous grand children and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Brenta Abbey, his older brother Jim, his younger sister, Phyllis Williams and his daughter Victoria Abbey. He is also survived by two younger brothers, Vincent Abbey of Seattle, Washington, and George Abbey of Houston, Texas.
Jack Abbey attended John B. Allen Elementary School and Lincoln High School, graduating in 1939. At the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, he was serving as Junior Asst. Purser on the Alaska Steamship Line's SS Alaska. He sailed in the Merchant Marine throughout World War II and attained the rank of Lieutenant (JG) in the USNR. His ships supported the invasions of Attu and Kiska Islands in Alaska in May and August of 1943, Tarawa and Makin Islands in the Gilberts in November of 1943, and the invasion of the Philippines in the fall of 1944. He returned to the West Coast in February of 1945 leaving his ship, the SS Canada Victory for another ship, the SS Aleutian. Two and a half months later the Canada Victory was sunk by Japanese Kamikaze in April 1945 during the battle for Okinawa.
Following the war he attended the University of Washington. He resumed a career at sea with the American President Lines sailing the Pacific on the President Tyler, Harrison, and Hoover for four years. For fourteen years, from 1957 until 1971, he sailed as a Purser with the Matson Lines on their ocean liners the Lurline, Monterey, Mariposa, and Matsonia. These ocean liners provided luxurious passenger service from San Francisco to Hawaii, the South Pacific and Australia. He subsequently was involved in the construction of the Alaskan Pipeline during the 1970's and worked in the Alaskan fish canning industry in the 1980's.
He enjoyed traveling around the world and in later years particularly to the United Kingdom and Wales. He had a great passion for sports, both baseball and football. He was a great supporter of the Washington Huskies and followed Seattle baseball ever since the days of the Pacific Coast League Seattle Indians. He was an avid reader and was a distance-walker. As long as he was able, he walked four to eight miles daily. He and his dry sense of humor will be greatly missed by all.
Published in The Seattle Times on October 10, 2012