Greely Funeral Services
212 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
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1929 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
KHAMBATY, Abdullah A. 84, passed away peacefully at home on July 29, 2014 with his loving family by his side. Beloved husband of Lynne (MacCubrey) for 56 years and the proud and adoring father of Murriam and the late Tara Kiley. Born December 19, 1929 in Bombay, India, Abdullah was the last surviving child of twelve born to the late Abdulkader and Sophia Khambaty. He came to the United States at the age of 19 and was a graduate of Tufts University earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. He later took courses at MIT and the University of Rhode Island, earning an Associate's Degree. Ab proudly became a United States citizen in 1958. As a caring citizen of his adopted country, Ab served the city of Gloucester for over 30 years, first as a member of the 1973 Charter Commission and then as a City Councilor helping to forge effective government. Known for his thorough preparation, fairness and directness, especially when he chaired public hearings, he was elected several terms as its respected President. Ab also served a one year term on the School Committee, coordinating its budget with the city wide matters being his forte. Community involvement included President of the Beverly YMCA, a member of the Board of Directors of the Cape Ann Symphony and a founding member of the Board of the Magnolia Library Center. He was a Justice of the Peace, officiating at the weddings of both of his daughters, friends and their children. Ab and Lynne met while singing in a choir in Providence, RI. The family moved to the Magnolia section of Gloucester in 1963 when he began his long career with the United Shoe Machinery Corporation in Beverly. When the company became Emhart/ Black and Decker, he was Director of Sourcing for the Dynapert Division. His work took him all over the world, where he made life-long friends. After retirement, the family continued to broaden their understanding of people and diverse cultures by traveling to far-flung places such as China, Australia, Egypt, Uzbekistan and India to see his extensive family. But, of all the places he went, he was most fond of the family camp on Portage Lake in Northern Maine. Besides his wife and daughter, Ab leaves Murriam's dear husband, Robert Barile, of Florence, SC; sisters-in-law, Jean Zadig of the Shetland Islands and Louise, wife of Tom Lord of Lisbon Falls, ME as well as many nieces and nephews and close friends, all of whom responded to his gregarious nature. The family will receive condolences at the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, GLOUCESTER on Friday, August 1, from 4 to 8 pm. A celebration of Ab's long life and legacy will be held on Saturday, August 2, at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on Middle Street in Gloucester at 10:30 am. Burial in the Magnolia Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his name to the Cape Ann Symphony P.O. Box 1343, Gloucester, MA 01930 or the Spectrum Adult Day Program, 600 Cummings Center Suite 176 X, Beverly, MA 01915. Online condolences may be given at

Greely Funeral Home, Gloucester, MA

Published in The Boston Globe on July 31, 2014
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