Edmond Lawrence Abel
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Longtime Norwalk Resident,
Edmond Lawrence Abel of Norwalk, Connecticut died peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday morning, August 19, 2012. He was 91 years old.
Ed was born on August 7, 1921 in Rochester, NY. He was the son of Eugene Abel and Sophie Musicus Abel. He grew up in Rochester, NY and graduated from Monroe High School in 1939. He attended the Rochester Business Institute and worked locally in Rochester until the onset of World War II. He served his country in the Pacific, working as a high-speed radio operator in New Guinea and the Philippines.
Following the war, he attended Syracuse University, and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
In 1953, Ed joined Burndy Corporation where he worked for 30 years. This included a two and a half year assignment as sales manager for Burndy Mexico. On returning back to Burndy in Norwalk, Ed headed up the electro chemical products department until his retirement in 1983.
Ed was an active member of the Norwalk community, deeply involved in quality of life issues. He felt strongly about preserving the integrity of Norwalk's neighborhoods, demonstrated through his role on the board and as president of the West Norwalk Association. He was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals as well. His interest in the arts led him to the Arts Council of Norwalk, where he also served as president.
Ed was involved in the Democratic Party, serving as Treasurer for the Democratic Town and City Committee as well as working on behalf of local candidates in countless elections.
Ed enjoyed his role as Justice of the Peace. Known for his creative wedding ceremonies, Ed married hundreds of couples throughout many years.
Ed loved to travel, play tennis, go to the theater, and watch classic movies. He was a talented singer and especially loved music of the 1930s and '40s.
After his retirement, Ed also followed many educational pursuits, enrolling in numerous courses at the Norwalk Community College, including those offered by Lifetime Learners.
Always a devoted husband and father, Ed is survived by his wife, Harriet, of 60 years, a brother, Irving Abel and his wife, Marilyn, of Lexington, Massachusetts, three children, Kenneth and his wife, Sandra, of New York, NY, Janet of West Hartford, CT, and Andrew of Trumbull, CT, as well as four granddaughters, Alexandra, Meredith, Victoria and Mali.
Contributions in Ed's name may be made to Nursing & Hospice Care of Fairfield County, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897, or the Norwalk Community College Foundation, 188 Richards Avenue, Suite E311, Norwalk, CT 06854.
A celebration of Ed's life will be held on Sunday, September 2 at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Shalom, 259 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.
Published in The Hour on August 21, 2012
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