William A. "Bill" Abbey

Born: Fri., Dec. 5, 1952
Died: Wed., Jan. 6, 2021

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Smethport – William A. “Bill” Abbey, also known as “Papa”, 68 of East Valley Road, Smethport, passed away on Wednesday ( January 6, 2021) at UPMC Hamot in Erie.

Born on December 5th, 1952 in Olean, NY, he was the son of William and Olive Connor Abbey. On May 6th, 1972 in East Smethport he married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Slade, who survives.

He had attended Smethport Area Schools. He was previously employed by Market Basket as a store manager, and later went on to retire and became a van driver for C.L. McKeirnan Bus Garage.

Bill was well loved by the community, and he had a passion for helping others, especially life-long friend, Henry Rinamon. Playing music on his guitar and singing were the loves of his life, as well as tending to his garden. Bill played in his band Country Pride for many years, but especially loved singing with his granddaughter Kayla and great granddaughter Brooke. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, bingo, and going to the Seneca Allegany Casino. Bill loved going to the Pump House every morning for his daily coffee and lottery tickets.

Surviving in addition to his wife is One son John Abbey (Jenny Studley) of Bradford; one daughter Deanna (Frank) Hudak of Smethport; One sister Donna (Larry) Schneller of Cyclone; Stepsister Linda Huntington of East Smethport; four grandchildren, Kayla (Donovan) Raymo, Kaitlyn Collins, Cameron Abbey, and Jacob Hudak. Four great grandchildren, Brooke Warnick, Braelynn Vossler, and Xavier and Lillyannah Abbey as well as many brother in laws, sister in laws and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Jean and Dick Crowley
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
Carolyn, Sorry for your loss....Bill will be in a lot of the thoughts by all who knew him. Prayers going out to the family.

Cheryl Covert
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
Dear Carolyn, John, Deanna, Donna and families,
I am so very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I have so many memories, he was such an awesome person. Hugs and prayers to you all.

Linda & Jim McFetridge
   Posted Sat January 09, 2021
Carolyn, our sincere sympathy to you and to the entire family on the loss of Bill. He was such a nice person. May your happy memories bring you comfort.

   Posted Sat January 09, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful man, and I loved him very dearly. I will miss having wonderful conversations with him. My heart goes out to every single one of you in the family. Tree

Clifford D Fillhart
   Posted Sat January 09, 2021
Sorry for your lost grow up with Bill My god be with you at that time.

joey dragoone
   Posted Sat January 09, 2021
to the abbey family.. my words and heart goes out to you people.. bill was such a good guy.. always was great talking to him when he was working at market basket... was always great for him to ask me on stage with him to play drums... i was still shocked to he asked me to be in his wedding... i had just found out today.. and i am so so sorry... he will be missed by us old folk for sure lol... fly high bill... play swinging for mom and dad im sure they will like it.. good speed my friend.... to the abbey family im so sorry and i am there for you

Lu & Don
   Posted Sat January 09, 2021
We send our sincere condolences.

robert messina
   Posted Sun January 10, 2021
sorry to hear about bill. he was a good friend. knew him from working with his wife and daughter Deanna..... GOD bless the family and help them heal. we will see him again someday soon

Ed Badeau and Leah Dippold
   Posted Sun January 10, 2021
Carolyn, we were so sad to hear about Bill and wish you our sincere condolences.I think of Bill, Al and Tom with the music so often. I also think of the square dances with some big mis steps and these are thoughts that will remain for many year to come. You and all the kids are in our thoughts and prayers! God Bless you and your family.

Pam Trask
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
My sincere sympathy to you, Carolyn and your entire family. He was a very nice guy and I will miss seeing him around town. He always said hello and had a smile.