Abbott, Merle O.

Abbott, Merle O.

HANCOCK – Merle “Tim” O. Abbott, 70, died on April 29, 2024, at home, surrounded by family. He was born on June 10, 1953, in Waterville, Maine, the son of Arthur F. Abbott and Marilyn P. McNally Abbott.

Tim graduated from Winslow High School in the class of 1971. Following graduation, he attended the University of Maine at Orono. Merle was the fifth generation to grow up on the family homestead in Winslow, Maine where his parents instilled in him a love of working outdoors, tinkering on anything with an engine, and a natural resourcefulness that served him well throughout his life. Tim loved music. Whether it was listening to Alabama, Randy Travis and Peter, Paul, and Mary on the stereo, or attending a live performance of the Canadian Brass or Boston Pops, music was his joy. A trumpet player, Tim joined the UMaine Marching Band during college. It was there that he first met a dark-haired, dark-eyed clarinet player from New Hampshire named Sandy. The two were married in August of 1972 and enjoyed 51 years of marriage. Family soon became the center of Tim’s world as the couple welcomed two sons. He supported his family by working at Eastern Fine Paper for 26 years, allowing Sandy to be a stay-at-home Mom.

He enjoyed sharing his love of cars and snowmobiles with his sons, as well as his enthusiasm for football, basketball, and baseball. Auto racing, including NASCAR, Indy and the Rolex24 were among his favorites to watch. Among his fondest memories were attending sporting events with his boys, and family visits to museums, aquariums and theme parks, his favorite being his 25th anniversary trip to Disney World.  Summer vacations at York Beach were an annual family tradition, a beloved place to relax and spend time with his wife, their sons, daughters-in-law and eventually their grandchildren.

After living in the Bangor area for 28 years, Tim and Sandy transitioned to their retirement home in Hancock in 2001. Tim enjoyed being “Tim the Toolman” at Home Depot for the next ten years, followed by another five years at NAPA Auto Parts. Eventually he fully retired in 2018, staying busy working in the woods, cutting trees, gathering firewood, puttering in the yard, and tinkering in the basement. Tim always had a twinkle in his eye and liked to tease his family and friends. He enjoyed encouraging others, always sharing compliments or positive thoughts to make a person feel good.

Tim is survived by his wife, Sandra Bowers Abbott; his sons, Joshua T. Abbott and wife Jenny of Franklin, Lukas J. Abbott and wife, Christina; three beloved grandchildren, Makenzie, Isaiah and Eliza Abbott of Orland; brother, Kenneth Abbott and fiancée Mary, of Clinton; one nephew, Mark Abbott and wife Gail of Winslow.

Despite his declining health over the last couple of years, Tim never missed an opportunity to share his Bible based hope for the future with his medical team and others he met, encouraging them to view where they could learn more about this hope and many other Bible topics.

Arrangements by Acadia Burial & Cremation Direct, 148 State St. Ellsworth

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  • Bonnie Hardwick Posted May 13, 2024 10:26 pm

    My sympathies and prayers to the family he was my cousin. I had minimal time to get to know him as an adult, but I remember him fondly As a young person. God Bless

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