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Paul Abraham

August 16, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Mr. Paul Abraham, 93, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2018, just 23 days shy of his 94th birthday.

Paul and his deceased wife Ruth, who died in July 2016, had been married for 69 years and lived on Fort Myers Beach, Florida, since the early 1970s. Retiring at the age of 50, Paul had sold his successful restaurant and liquor store businesses in Dresden, N.Y., and moved to Florida to start a new life in the sun.

But being retired was not really what Paul enjoyed. Rather he wanted to work hard all day and every day as he had done throughout his life. He worked hard as a child with his own hot dog stand. After enlisting in the Navy right after his high school graduation, he worked hard as the chief mechanic on a Douglas DC-2 transport plane that flew wounded soldiers from the battlefield back to safety in the Southern Pacific. Always mechanically gifted, he could take an airplane engine apart and put it back together again. After being away at war for almost 4 years, he came home, got married and worked hard building a business, serving on the volunteer fire department, doing good works for Kiwanis and serving on the vestry of his Episcopal church.

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So he just wasn't about to sit around on Fort Myers Beach. First, he drove a school bus. Then he got his real estate license. He sang in the local Barber Shop Quartet. He became extremely involved with his local church, doing everything from being on the vestry to cooking shrimp at their annual event. And he worked hard for his local Kiwanis, selling Christmas trees, painting benches, and later making the Kiwanis Thrift Store a huge success. He was a Mason most of his adult life and a member of the American Legion for 72 years.

He also began doing stained glass, which was a hobby that sustained him for his last 40 years. Converting a spare bedroom into his "glass room", he set up his workshop at home where he created beautiful stained glass windows for his family and friends. His art can be seen in churches on the Beach, in Geneva, N.Y. and in Washington, D.C., in a Hope Hospice in Naples Fl., and in Martel Residential College at Rice University. His windows hang in the houses of all his children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, permanent reminders of his great creativity.

Paul is survived by his four children, Pamela Lynn Abraham of Fort Myers, Paula Kaplan of Washington D.C., Cathy Abraham of East Sandwich, MA, and P. Thomas Abraham of Naples, Fl. He was a loving father-in-law to Dr. Richard Kaplan, Michael Daley and Lori Abraham; a loving grandfather to Derek Abraham, Kristen Abraham, Adam Kaplan, Daniel Kaplan, Michael Kaplan, Elisabeth Daley, and Robin Daley; a loving great grandfather to Jacob Granberg, Trinity Abraham, Kendall Abraham, Madden Abraham, and his newest great grandson Simon Kaplan-Berner, whom he got to see for the first time two weeks before he died. He was a loving uncle to Gary Baxter as well as to John, Richard and Joey Abraham, Patricia Dolson and Helen Catherine Kirages. And he was a loving brother to his surviving sisters, Ethel Corcoran, Doris Harris and Pat Abraham.

He will be greatly missed by all, but remembered as a great man who served his family and his God until the end.



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