Charles "Chuck" N. AbbottJanuary 10, 1935 ~ June 19, 2017 (age 82)
Charles Nelson Abbott
Chuck Abbott of Santee, SC had a final tee time on Monday, June 19, 2017
on the course of his dreams (after Augusta National, of course) that he could not
pass up. He most certainly parred every hole and theatrically counted his
winnings. Chuck died at age 82 years in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Born January 10,
1935 in Boston, Massachusetts to Irene Cushing Abbott and Edward Delmont
Abbott, Chuck was raised in Freeport, Maine. First married to Marilyn Leavitt of
Old Town, ME and then to Joyce Gean of Paris, TN who predeceased him in
Chuck often spoke of his idyllic childhood growing up in the small coastal
community of Freeport, Maine. He loved the opportunities to get back there (only
in the summertime) to walk the rocky shores, smell the pine trees, and feast on
clams and lobsters. His love for the great state of Maine never dimmed and he
passed that love onto his children and grandchildren. Chuck was a 1954
graduate of Freeport High School in Freeport, Maine. From there he attended
Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine and then moved on into Orono where
he graduated in 1959 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the
University of Maine. He found a lifelong brotherhood, as well as a lifetime’s worth
of stories within the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Chuck retired in 1998 from the Celotex Corporation in L’Anse, Michigan.
He found the Upper Peninsula of Michigan incredibly beautiful and while the
winters were extraordinarily frigid, the people were exceptionally warm. He and
Joyce fostered some of their best “Yooper” friendships while in L’Anse.
Chuck was a proud, active member as well as past President of the Rotary
Club of Lake Marion in Santee, SC where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He
happily participated in community betterment projects such as the Little Free
Library, the Interact Club and many more.
A member of the Executive Board of University of Maine Alumni of the
Lowcountry, he was at his happiest during Lobster Maine-ia sharing lobsters,
beer and belting out the lyrics to the Maine Stein Song at the top of his signature,
out-of-tune baritone. Many, many thanks to Scott and Jennifer Ouellette for
organizing these events that gave Chuck such pleasure.
Chuck and Joyce chose Santee, SC to retire in 1998. The plan was to be
close to Kim, Karen, their husbands and any future grandchildren. They didn't
have to wait long as Grace arrived within a few months. She enjoyed the rein as
Queen Bee and was joined by Nicholas, Freeman and Sophia. Happily, Joyce’s
son, Eric followed them to South Carolina. He met and convinced the gorgeous,
Rebecca Quay to marry him. They blessed this family with Payton, Miles and
Hazel. As an added bonus, this family was also blessed with an extended,
extensive family, known as the Quay’s.
As some may know, Chuck was an avid golfer. The days he spent on the
course were alternately filled with happiness and vexation. His best friend and
golfing partner, Ron Nester shared those trials and tribulations with mirth, despair
and an even exchange of dollar bills. Good friends like Jack Slater, Bill Jackson,
David Marcy, Ed Holcomb and a bevy of other friends all had the opportunity to
participate in the game of “Army Golf” with Chuck. These guys have been such
loyal friends and Chuck’s family is forever grateful.
Chuck is survived by and will be sorely missed by his loving daughters,
Kimberly Connor and her husband, Will of Charleston, SC; Karen Everett and her
husband, Bill of Summerville, SC and adoring step-son Eric Chilcutt and his wife
Becca of North, SC. and his sisters, Carole Abbott Dyer of Bowdoinham, ME and
Faith Abbott of St. Charles, MI. He is best known as “Gramps” to his cherished
grandchildren, Grace and Nicholas Connor of Charleston, SC, Freeman and
Sophia Everett of Summerville, SC and Payton Hulkkonen, Miles and Hazel
Chilcutt of North, SC. Chuck’s constant sidekick and beloved dachshund, “Oscar” will take up residence with the Everett family in Summerville where he will bide his time until he can once again sit to the left of his worshipped master.
Chuck, Dad and Gramps. Rest easy knowing that you have left our world a
better place for having been here. We will cherish your memories, speak of you
often with laughter and tears and carry on your legacy. We all love you and will
miss you so very much.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 on Friday, June 30, 2017 at Santee
Cooper Country Club, 630 Santee Dr. Santee, SC 29142. Burial will be in
Freeport, Maine in the fall. Chuck strongly believed in awarding scholarship
opportunities to hardworking students. In lieu of flowers, please consider a
University of Maine Alumni of the Lowcountry (UMAL)
10 Gables Lane
Bluffton, SC 29910