Albert E. Abrahams Naples, FL
Albert E. Abrahams, a Naples resident since 1991, died on February 8, 2014 at the age of 90. He could not have had a luckier life, he always said, and the family he leaves behind attest to the happiness life generally brought him.
Living most of his life in Maryland, Al had several careers. The 'career' he had the absolutely least control over was the three and one half years he spent in the U.S. Navy, much at sea in the South Pacific during World War II.
His first love was journalism. After the war interrupted his college studies at Cornell, he finished his last two college years at Syracuse University where he worked on the morning paper, the Syracuse PostStandard, and his busy schedule of school and work led to the first signs of hair loss. Afterwards he worked on the Newark, NJ Star-Ledger and later for the Washington, DC Bureau of Newhouse Newspapers.
After seven years in journalism, the political bug bit and he worked as a legislative and administrative assistant to three U.S. Senators (all Republican). Some eight years later, he signed on at the Nixon White House, serving in the Executive Office of the President for three years in domestic policy with Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Chas Colson, George Shultz, and many others, the great majority of whom stayed out of jail.
He left government in 1973, joining the National Association of Realtors as a Senior Vice President, retiring 16 years later.
In Washington, Al served three terms as Chairman of the Board of trustees of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church.
Al was an active 'citizen' Republican in his 20 years in Naples. Once Vice Chairman of the Collier County Republican Executive Committee, he retired from the position of State Committeeman towards the end of his years of active participation.
His first wife, the former Martha Hildebrandt, died of Parkinson's disease after 48 years of happy marriage.
Their children: Amy Berger, Wyomissing, PA, Anthony White, Berkeley, CA, Andrew Abrahams, Brooklyn, NY, Mary (Molly) Bugbee, Downington, PA; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He leaves one of the loveliest relationships he ever knew, his wife of eight years, Margaret (Peg) Plank.
A memorial service will be held at the Naples United Church of Christ at 5200 Crayton Road at 11:00 a.m. on March 10, 2014.