ABBATE--William S., 74, of Boca Raton, FL passed away April 19, 2011. He was the beloved husband for 23 years to Susan P. Abbate, son of Frances C. Abbate, loving father to Frances Jacks and her husband Louis Jacks, her children Michelle, Louis and Amanda; Ronald Abbate and his children Jackie Abbate Wood; Doreen, Debra, Christopher and Robert; Lisa McLoughlin and her children, Joseph, Christopher and Daniel and great-grandchild, Madison. Daughter-in-law Ann Abbate; brother Ronald Abbate; sister-in-law Doris Abbate. Bill was President and CEO of Structural Display Inc. taken over from his father Ronald Abbate. With his charm, wit and determination he brought the company up to a multi-million dollar business with innovative design, a great manufacturing facility with the best employees he could find. He treated his staff with kindness and generosity. Many stayed at SDI for several years since it became a second home. Bill was very interested in antique cars and was a member of many cars clubs. His last car was a 1932 Packard Roadster Coupe which he sold only a few days prior to passing. He and his wife Susan also enjoyed boating and took several trips before his health deteriorated. He traveled with Susan to many countries, but after 9/11 decided to see more of America. They tried to visit as many states as possible and enjoyed meeting people along the way. He was the life of every party and loved to dance, tell jokes with various dialects making everyone laugh until their sides hurt. He was always the first to help his family and circle of friends - always lending a helping hand with no strings attached. If there was story on the news about someone having hard times, he was always the first to call the station with a donation. The lady who had no place to live, a veteran who tried to keep afloat, a clinic that needed donations to keep going, all the major charities were recipients of extremely large donations. If a church needed a chalice, he would always send them a check. He was larger than life and this gentle soul touched the lives of everyone privileged to know him. He will be greatly missed. Donations in his memory can be made to the
and the American Lung Association. Services will be Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 11:00am at the Gardens Memorial Park, 4103 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 33431, 561-989-9190. Services by Riverside-Gordon-Kendall.
Published in The New York Times on Apr. 20, 2011