Dominick A. Abate Sr.
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D'Esopo Funeral Chapel
277 Folly Brook Boulevard
Wethersfield, CT

ABATE, Dominick A. Sr. Dominick A. "Zugo" Abate, Sr. 82, of Wethersfield, formerly of Hartford, passed away on Wednesday, (September 13, 2006) after a long illness. He was born September 14, 1923 in Hartford and was the son of the late Rafael and Mary (Saccoco) Abate. He attended Barnard Brown School and Hartford Public High School. A veteran of the US Navy, he was stationed at the Brooklyn Naval Yard and worked on the damaged aircraft carrier USS FRANKLIN, during World War II. He was employed for many years at the Veeder-Root Manufacturing Co, the D.H.R. Construction Co., Smith and Fazzina Meat Packing Co. and after retiring he worked for the Hartford Courant. Growing up as a boy in the north end of Hartford, he helped his father and brothers with the family pigeon coop, wine making and the constant chore of chopping wood for the stove. He excelled as an amateur boxer and as a hard throwing southpaw pitcher in the Industrial League and the Twilight Baseball leagues of Hartford. He continued his love of baseball playing in several Fast Pitch Softball Leagues throughout the area, pitching into his 60's. Later, Bocci, Horseshoes and Duck Pin bowling became the focus of his competitive spirit. He also served as a volunteer coach for the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department and the Jaycee Courant Junior and Senior Baseball Leagues. He found immense love and joy in his family and in the simple pleasures of life; good friends, singing, music, food, Roger Staubach, cooking, card playing and especially laughter. We are very proud of the many life lessons taught to us by our father. Through his words and actions, he showed us the meaning of "family". He has now joined his best friend and wife, of 59 years, our mother, Loretta (McNeil) Abate in Heaven. The Abate family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Riverside Health and Rehab Facility of East Hartford and the staff at the Hartford Hospital Intensive Care Unit for the professional and compassionate care given to our father. He is survived by his children, June Cook of Tolland, Bobby Abate and his wife, Lisa of Rocky Hill and John Abate and his wife, Ceil of South Windsor. He was predeceased by a son, Dominick and a grandson, Jason and is survived by 10 grandchildren, Becky, Tommy, Sarah, Dominick, Tara, Darci, Bobby, Brie, Jesse and Evan, 5 great grandchildren,Jason, Kayla, Alexis, Anthony and Dominick, a brother, Ralph Abate and his wife, Mary of Tucson, Arizona, a daughter-in-law, Joanne (Santoro) Abate of Hartford and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Douglas Cook, a brother, Joseph Abate, sisters, Mary Cusano, Elizabeth Rossano and Teresa Quinton. Funeral service will be Monday at 9 a.m. from the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd. Wethersfield followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, Main Street, Hartford. The burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford with full military honors. Calling hours are Sunday (Sept. 17) from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Dominick's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. For on line expressions of sympathy please visit www.desopo.com

Published by Hartford Courant on Sep. 16, 2006.
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Gramp,
We will miss you deeply but we know you are in a better, happier place, now that you are with Gram and dad. Give them a big hug for me. Love Ya, Tommy
Tommy Abate
October 22, 2006
Junie, Bobby & John,
One of your dad's greatest gift was that he made everyone feel special. So full of life, so easy to spend time with. We will miss him very much. Love, The Trelli's
Al, Dorine, Corrin & Steph
Dorine Trelli
September 28, 2006
To Jesse and Family,
I'm so sorry about the loss of your father and grandfather. I knew him very little and late in his life but each time he teased me and made me laugh and smile. What a gift to have had him as a family member. I know you all will miss him as will many others whose lives he touched.
God Bless
Tracie
Tracie Alexander
September 23, 2006
To My Cousins: Juney,Bobby, and Johnny. I will always have the best memories of Uncle Dom in DutchPoint.I could be in Colts Park and drop what I am doing when I hear that "Whistle". Time to Eat. "5.00pm. On the dot. Spaghetti and MeatBalls. I wish I had some now.Food is my main name.We have all the memories no one could top them. Love Gail Abate
GAIL ABATE
September 23, 2006
To Cousin Juney,Bobby,and Johnny,
I heard about Uncle Dom. We will miss him deeply.I have all the memories of Uncle Dom and Uncle Joe playing Bocci in Colts Park. What a pair. No one is as lucky as us to have such great dads. Love and Miss you all. Love Cousin Susan Deribas(Abate)Pensacola Florida
Susan Abate
September 21, 2006
Dear Bobby,

Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. The obit was really special, showing your family's love and admiration for your father. May you find comfort in memories and the time you had together.

Peace,
June Pinkin
September 20, 2006
JUNE,BOBBY,JOHNNY MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES IN THIS TIME OF SORROW. GOD MUST HAVE NEEDED A PITCHER AND A COOK FOR HIS SOFTBALL TEAM IN HEAVEN. WHO BETTER THAN UNCLE ZUGO !!
ANTHONY CUSANO
September 19, 2006
To grandpa,I will miss you deaply and all the things you have taught me. I know that you are in a better place with gram and I happy knowing that are looking over me and my daughter's. I love you granpa.
Brie
Brie Abate
September 19, 2006
Uncle Zugo:

Thanks for adding to our lives. You were and will remain larger than life. What a great legacy - to have been someone who everyone liked.

Love Joyce, Tom, Sarah, Thomas & Luke.
Joyce Benneche
September 19, 2006
Junie,Bobby,Johnny&AbateFamily
Zugo,we will miss your "3 Stooges
Imitation"and of course that
"Famous Whistle"
you surely will be missed by all
love ya, Sonny & Joanne
Sonny Cusano
September 18, 2006
Bobby, Johnny & the whole Abate Family -
We entend our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. We hope all your wonderful memories of your Dad will help comfort you at this time. Please know you are all in our prayers and thoughts.

Your Hartford Recreation Family!
Penny Leto
September 18, 2006
JOHN AND FAMILY, MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME OF SORROW. STEPHANIE WATERMAN
STEPHANIE WATERMAN
September 18, 2006
John,Ceil and Evan,
We are so sorry for the loss of your father,father in law and grandpa. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Miss seeing you daily,hope to see you soon.
Mary,Craig and Austin Millstein
mary millstein
September 17, 2006
June, Bobby,Johnny,All the children:
Your Father,Grandfather was a good man and we are pleased to have known him and considered him family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Sharon & Ed and family
sharon pratt
September 17, 2006
I love u gramp.Thank u for all u have done. U did a great job with the family.gramp u always made us happy when we where sad.Sundays with u and gram i'll never forget.love u
jesse abate
September 16, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family.
On behalf of the Hartford Public High School family.
Zandralyn Gordon
September 16, 2006
Bobby,
I'm Sorry To Hear About The Passing Of Your Father. My Thoughts And Prayers Are With You And Your Family.
Alain Rocamora
September 16, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Richard & Joanne DePaolis (LaChance)
September 16, 2006
Our heartfelt sympathies in this, your time of grief.
D'Esopo Funeral Chapel
September 16, 2006
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