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Reid Abney Obituary
ABNEY, REID GORDON Reid Gordon Abney left this life to be with the Lord on September 22nd, 2012 in Annapolis, Maryland. The son of Reid (Aponte) Abney and Beatrice Hughes Abney Felton was born on April 3rd, 1938 and attended Anne Arundel Public Schools and graduated Wiley H. Bates High School in 1956. Reid entered the U.S. Army in 1960 and served in radio engineer communications. Honorably discharged in 1963, he joined the New York City Police Department as an undercover officer during the civil rights movement of the 1960's, covering many assignments including New Haven during the time of the Black Panthers' movement. He later moved to New Haven and joined the New Haven Police Dept. Reid was a strong swimmer and served in the special forces as a Diver, Sharp Shooter and Motorcycle Policemen from 1965 until his retirement in 1980. Affectionately known as "Gordie", he embodied the essence of community policing in the New Haven neighborhoods-able to diffuse tensions almost effortlessly with his disarming (and charming) smile and affable nature. He knew the residents and engaged them, young and old to get to know what they lookd for from him as a police officer. He was alternately a motorcycle cop and covered his beat in "Car 64" in Newhallville: for the Freddie Fixer parades he'd ride one of his daughters (April or Holly) in the parade on the back of his Suzuki. He was an avid sportsman, skiing, fishing, running, swimming; you name it, he excelled. He took his daughters regularly out on his boat and taught them how to bait the line and fish. His children were his joy. Gordie moved back to Annapolis, MD in 1982. He leaves to mourn his passing, wife Ingeborg Abney, Mom Beatrice Felton, sisters, Cynthia (Elmo) Carter, Md., Tamathea Tubaya Holmes, Los Angeles, CA, brother Lt. (Ret.BCP) Darren Abney, Baltimore, MD, 9 sons, Theodore Brown, Michael Crockett, Reid Abney 3rd, Quinole Kevin Abney, Carlos Abney, all of MD, and Lamont, Sean and Akron Abney of Conn. He also leaves 4 daughters, April and Holly Teixeira of Conn. and Tanya Diggs and Naomi Abney of Annapolis, 31 grand and 27 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins all who loved him; and his long time and devoted friends Michael Brandford of Fla, Ruben Huckaby of Conn., Joseph Hillary, John Bryant and Donald Snowden of Annapolis. A celebration of his life was held in Annapolis. In lieu of cards and flowers, please consider making a contribution in Reid's memory to: We Care and Friends, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis, MD. 21401.

Published in The New Haven Register on Sept. 30, 2012
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