William M. Abraham, 87, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully at home Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.
William was the son of the late George and Olga Bruce Abraham.
He graduated from GAR High School and proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a senior radio intercept operator from 1953 to 1957 during the Korean War. After discharge from the Air Force, he attended GI school, where he studied welding. Thereafter, he worked for Intermetro Industries for nearly 40 years, and then worked part-time security for Geisinger Health System and at Lake Scranton.
William was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 52 years, Billie Abraham; his daughter, Denise Abraham; son, William Abraham Jr.; brother, Gordon Abraham; and many other dear family members.
He is survived by his three children, Diana Rehrig, David Abraham and Susan Perez, with whom he resided; along with his grandchildren, Edward Rehrig, Janelle Sinkiewicz, Brennan Abraham and Jessica Abraham. He also left behind his loyal dog, Texie, who never left his side.
Our dad, and grandpa, was our hero and always will be. He was a man of great integrity, who worked hard to make sure his family was always cared for. He had a special love for all animals and fed the birds, stray cats, squirrels and groundhog every day, and was also reunited in Heaven with many previous pets that he adored. If it was a very hot day, he would offer cold water bottles to anyone walking by or working near his home, and he would give the shirt off his back to anyone that needed it.
In his younger days, he was a semi-pro bowler, played trumpet in a big band, was a heck of a pool player and loved his chocolate candy. Even while experiencing declining eyesight, and when he had the energy, he was always looking for something to do. At the age of 85, he made the most special lights by drilling holes in PVC pipe and inserting various colored and shaped plastic Christmas bulbs and placing a tap light underneath. He had an amazing talent for being able to fix just about anything and MacGyver had nothing on him.
He thoroughly enjoyed sharing a Coors Light every now and then while gabbing with his son, David; grandson-in-law, Scott; and Michael Pavlick, who helped his daughter, Susan, care for him for many years. Words can't express how much he will be missed, and how blessed and thankful we are to have had the parents and grandparents that we had.
We would like to express special thanks to William's family doctor, Dr. Anja Landis, many other doctors and nurses in the Geisinger system, and to Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the most caring and compassionate services we could have ever hoped for.
In lieu of flowers, we would ask that donations be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart or the SPCA of Luzerne County.
At William's request, services will be private and have been entrusted to Mamary-Durkin Funeral & Cremation Services, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre.