Forrest M. Abbott Jr.
September 14, 1922 - March 30, 2021
A period of visitation will be held on April 7 from 5pm to 7pm at Autumn Green Funeral Home
Forrest M. Abbott Jr, 98, of Waterboro, passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side on March 30, 2021.
Forrest was born on September 14, 1922 in Sanford, ME to Josephine and Forrest Abbott Sr.
He spent his early years in Sanford, Alfred and eventually Waterboro where he made his permanent residence.
He attended Waterboro schools, graduating from Waterboro High School in 1941.
After high school he worked for WB Deering Lumber and Sam Bergistine Machine Shop.
In October 1942 he enlisted in the Air Force where he was crew chief and flight engineer on the B-17s and B-24s. After being discharged in February 1946 he returned to Waterboro where he drove trucks for Gillis Lumber, Johnson Lumber and later LL Clark Lumber.
During the summer of 1946, he met and fell in love with Isabelle Oliver of Somerville, MA at their family camp on Ossipee Lake in Waterboro. They married on January 3, 1947. They had three sons, Douglas (1947), Dennis (1950) and David (1955).
In October 1950 he went to work for Phil Mitchell in Springvale, ME working on boat engines, chain saws and other small engine repair. He stayed there until 1965 when left for work at GTE Sylvania in Waterboro, during this time he kept a “shop” in his garage where he worked on small engines. In 1977 he left Sylvania to do small engine repair full time as FM Abbott Power Equipment.
Forrest retired in 1987, selling the business to his son David but continuing to offer guidance and advice.
He and Isabelle traveled to Florida in the winters and spent summers at the family home and Ossipee Lake up until her death in 2004.
Grandchildren were an important part of Forrest’s life. He planted a tree in his back field for each one after their birth. He also taught them the importance of hard work. If they weren’t helping in the hayfield, they were stacking wood or working in the vegetable garden. This work was always rewarded with trips to McDonald’s and rides in his Nash Rambler.
The Christmas Eve tradition of dinner and gifts continued after Isabelle’s death with the entire family gathering at his home. This was a cherished traditional that he enjoyed and looked forward to each year. Fun was had by all while his house was busting at the seams with 40-50 family members. His great grandchildren enjoyed visiting and making him laugh, while also enduring his endless teasing.
Forrest’s later years were spent with daily visits to FM Abbott (aka – the shop) where he “supervised” daily activities and enjoyed lunch with the employees. He could also be found sitting out front of his house in his chair watching traffic pass by, waving to the numerous car honks from family and friends.
Always a fountain of information, he spent a lot of time recalling events and people in town, and answering any and all questions with a sense of humor.
Following the tradition of his father, he had a saw mill set up so that he could help out with lumber needs for family.
Forrest was a force to reckon with and was loved by all, we will miss him tremendously!
Forrest was predeceased by his wife Isabelle and granddaughter Jennifer. His is survived by his three sons, Douglas and Connie Abbott, Dennis and Sharon Abbott and David and Judy Abbott, 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and his sister Beatrice MacDonald.
Family and friends are invited to a period of visitation on April 7, 2021 from 5-7pm at the Autumn Green Funeral Home in Alfred, ME.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that you make a memorial contribution in Forrest’s name to Hospice of Southern Maine, 390 US-1, Scarborough, Maine 04074.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling Mr. Abbott’s arrangements.