John J. Abbate, Sr., 70, of Newington, died peacefully, surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home on Thursday, (January 31, 2002) after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband and best friend for 42 years of Alyce (Dorbuck) Abbate of Newington. Born in Hartford, son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Ambruso) Abbate, he was raised in the North End and graduated from Weaver High School in 1949. A Newington resident for 41 years, he was was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit. John retired from Hartford Plumbing Supply as operations manager after 37 years of dedicated service. He was a constable for the Town of Newington since 1993. In addition, he worked with his son John, a co-owner of Professional Mechanical Contractors, in Newington, since 1996. John was a U.S. Army
veteran from 1951 to 1954, and served his country as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean War
. John organized several reunions of Hartford's North End friends and neighbors. He coached Newington Little League and Newington Alumni Baseball and was a member of the Newington Athletic Field Building Committee. John was a member of the Newington Democratic Town Committee, longtime member and past president of the Newington Friends of Football, lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Yankee All Airborne Association, former liaison at the Newington Veterans Hospital for the Greater Hartford All Airborne Association, member of the Friends of George Bennett Fund Raising Committee, co-treasurer for the Andersen for Mayor Committee, and member of the Newington Unico and Moose Club
s. He also participated annually in the Newington Democratic Campaign Committees. A loving and devoted father and grandfather, he leaves his four children and seven grandchildren, who meant everything to him; his daughter, Sherry Zirblis and her son, Jay of Woodstock; three sons and daughters-in-law, John Abbate, Jr. and his wife Mary Jane, their daughters, Melanie and Crystal; Christopher and Corinne Abbate, and daughter, Lauren of Vernon; and Richard and Kathleen (Moore) Abbate, and children, Kayla, Ailish and Shaun of Newport, RI. He also leaves a sister and brother-in-law, Rose and Peter Piwarcyk of East Hartford; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Ruth Abbate of Wethersfield, and Andrew and Maria Abbate of Hartford; two sisters-in-law, Grace Abbate of Wethersfield, and Ledia "Lee" Abbate of Windsor Locks; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, Rocco and his wife Rose, and Salvatore Abbate; and a sister, Millie and her husband Steve Scolsky. His funeral service will be held on Monday, 9 a.m., from the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., at Church of the Holy Spirit, Newington. Burial, with Military Honors, will be in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, 2-6 p.m., at Newington Memorial. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Central Conn., P.O. Box 1327, New Britain, CT 06050-1327.