BARRE TOWN - Lawrence D. Abbiati, 80, of Skylark Terrace, passed away peacefully Friday, January 4, 2013 at his home with his family at his bedside.
Born in Barre on August 11, 1932, he was the son of the late Gelindo and Erminia (Bottaro) Abbiati.
Larry attended Barre City Schools and was a graduate of Spaulding High School, Class of 1950. To further his education he completed a course in Land Surveying and two years of Electrical Engineering with International Correspondence Schools. He also went to military schools and took various courses that were required by the military.
On May 25, 1957 he married Janice Pratt at St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. After their marriage they have always made their home in the Barre area.
Larry went to work for Green Mountain Power Corp.; he was involved in the survey of high voltage lines that supplied power to Websterville, Mt. Snow, Sugarbush, and IBM customers. Larry also designed the relocation of GMP facilities for the construction of the interstate from Westminister to Colchester including the interchange at White River Jct. Then he moved on to doing underground designs for developments in the company's service area. His final project was to place GMP facilities on Dorset St., underground. Upon completion of the project, he retired with 44 years of service.
Larry joined the Vt. Army National Guard, then a few months later he enlisted in the regular Army for a two-year tour, spending eighteen months in Korea. Upon his discharge from the Army he joined the VTANG. During this time in the Guard he was a Sergeant Major in the Mobilization of VT. Troops for Desert Storm. During his service time he received many medals including two Bronze Stars
and a Silver Star. Upon his retirement as a Sgt. Major, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Larry was also active in the VT. State Guard and retired as a Lt. Col.
Larry enjoyed family life, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. He enjoyed deer hunting and squirrel hunting with his grandson, summers on Cape Cod, and visits from the children and grandchildren while wintering in Florida. After his retirement, he and his wife went cross country by car, and also took bus trips and many cruises.
Larry was a longtime member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre, where he served on the altar society, Food Shelf and also worked on Bingo Nites for 14 years. His memberships also include the Barre American Legion, Post #10; Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Council #399; the Mutuo, Inc. and the Trow Hill Fire District from 1964 to 1992.
Larry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, of 55 years of marriage, Janice of Barre Town; three daughters, Sharon Bisson and her husband, Timothy of Barre; Lori Loati and her husband, Glenn of Northfield Falls; Lisa Migneault and her husband, Thomas of Keene, NH. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Shauna Bisson; Adam Bisson and his wife, Angie; Jeremy Bisson and his wife, Jackie; Justin Loati and his wife, Bonka; Kendra Loati; Erika Migneault and Brittany Migneault and one great-granddaughter, Katelyn Bisson as well as cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre.
Family and friends may call at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre on Sunday, January 6th, from 2 to 4 p.m. Extra parking is available in St. Monica's Parking Lot.
Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Barre.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Larry's memory may be made to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or to St. Monica Church, 79 Summer St., Barre, VT 05641.
Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.