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Matthew Cochrane Abbott

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Matthew Cochrane Abbott Obituary
ABBOTT, Matthew Cochrane 93, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. He died with the same dignity that he lived his life. Born August 27, 1916 in Watertown, Massachusetts, he was one of the four sons of Charles Matthew Abbott and Frances Tucker Abbott. Matthew graduated from Westmont High School, Montreal, Canada in 1934 and earned an engineering degree, BSE, from MIT in 1938 with an Illuminating Engineering major. He worked for Sylvania Electric from 1939 to 1949 in the development of the fluorescent lamp and was the chief engineer of the fixture division. During the World War II years, he worked on the design and manufacturing of the proximity fuse contract of Sylvania with the US Navy which was credited with winning the Battle of the Bulge. During the post-war years, he worked for the Sylvania Colonial Radio on wire recorders, tape recorders, and radio circuit components. In 1950, he joined W S Macdonald Company to design electronic inventory machines for the department stores such as Hudson's located in Detroit, Rich's in Atlanta, and B. Altman in New York City. In 1957, he worked for General Telephone and Electronics (GT&E) as an engineering specialist on top secret contracts with the ARMY Signal Corps, National Security Agency, and the Space & Missile Command. Upon his retirement in 1978, he settled in Chatham, Mass. and Venice, Florida during the winter months. He enjoyed gardening, bird carving, and building minature doll houses complete with furniture. His bountiful garden vegetables were shared by many family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Jean Beers Abbott, his two sons, Peter Cochrane Abbott and Brian John Abbott, and five grandchildren Jennifer Devlin, Michael Abbott, Courtney Abbott, Jason Abbott, Lindsay Abbott, and great-grandson, Connor Flemming. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street, Chatham, Mass. 02633 on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 1 p.m. All friends are welcome. Donations in Matthew's memory can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice of Cape Cod, Suite G-1, 434 Route 134, South Dennis, Mass. 02660 or the First Congregational Church. Nickerson Funeral Home 508-945-1166

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