of Fitchburg, MA; 89
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FITCHBURG -- Sidney Byron Abell, 89, of Fitchburg, MA died in his home on Sunday, July 24, 2011. Sidney was born on January 27, 1922, and raised in Fitchburg and graduated from Fitchburg High School. He proudly served his country during WWII with the US Army Air Corps 56th Fighter Group 62nd Squadron out of London, England.
He was the eldest of four children born to the late Milton and Florence Evelyn Abell and was the beloved husband of Ruth (Arnold) Abell for over 67 years. Sid will be remembered by his 3 devoted sisters and their spouses: Mrs. Christine Hodgman (Rev Charles) of Florida, Mrs. Janice Arnold (Robert) of South Carolina and Mrs. Judith Brown (Raymond dec. ) of Florida.
A loving father, he is survived by 9 children; four sons: Roger Abell and his wife Louise of Fitchburg, Randolph Abell and his wife Nancy of Dover, PA, Sidney Byron Abell, Jr. and his wife Pat of Lunenburg, and Matthew Abell and his wife Michelle of Fitchburg and 5 daughters: Patricia Card and her husband Rev. Dr. Malcolm of New Brunswick, Canada, Diane Hope and her husband Jim of Lunenburg, Barbara Dewitt and her husband David of Gardner, Virginia Needham and her husband Richard of Winchendon, and Jennifer Abell of Fitchburg. Sidney leaves a legacy of many loving grand and great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind countless friends whom were glad to know him over his many years.
Sidney loved singing and listening to Christian music instilled by his mother as a young child. He also enjoyed being with his many family members, and was very devoted to his church and to other Christian ministries which he faithfully supported.
He was a lifelong member of 1st Baptist Church of Fitchburg, MA.
ABELL -- Sidney's family invites his friends and family to a Celebration of his Life on Saturday, July 30th, 2011 at 11 a.m. at 1st Baptist Church, 1400 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg, MA. 01420 directed by Rev. Dr. Jean Wright. All are welcome to a Collation following in the West Room at the church. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to 1st Baptist Church Memorial Fund in Sidney's name.
A separate grave-site service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on July 27, 2011