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Melvin Abbott February 26, 1947 - April 29, 2022

Passed peacefully away at the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital Clarenville on April 29, 2022 Melvin Abbott of Clarenville aged 75 years.  Predeceased by his parents Rex and Janet Abbott; brother Garry.  Left with fond and loving memories his wife Emma of 50 years.  His children, Chris (Gillian), Susan; grandchildren Courtney and Matthew; sister in law Eileen; and a large circle of family and friends.  Cremation has taken place.  Visitation will take place from Fewer’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm.  Funeral service to take place on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 2 pm from Memorial United Church in Clarenville.  Interment will follow at the Interdenominational Cemetery, Clarenville.  Due to COVID recommendations masks are required for visitation and funeral service.  In his memory donations may be made to the Kids Eat Smart Program.

Visitation will take place from Fewer’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm.  Funeral service to take place on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 2 pm from Memorial United Church in Clarenville.  Interment will follow at the Interdenominational Cemetery, Clarenville.  Due to COVID recommendations masks are required for visitation and funeral service.  In his memory donations may be made to the Kids Eat Smart Program.


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    Todd Brett says

    RIP Sir, you were one of the best teachers I had in High School. I really felt like you cared! My condolences to all the family….

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    Bonnie & Rick Critch says

    To Emma & family,
    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts & prayers are with you!
    Melvin was such a special man, cousin & friend.
    I have good memories of him! Always with a smile & a chat when
    we see each other. May you RIP Melvin.

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      Graham Jolliffe says

      Condolences to the Abbott from Michele and Graham Jolliffe. I had the pleasure and honour to start my teaching career working at the same school as Mel. He passed on a wealth of advice to me in my early years of teaching. You will never find a more caring, compassionate person. RIP Mel.

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    Muriel Green says

    Emma and family
    Very sorry to have read of Melvins passing. .Heartfelt condolences to you and your family and friends.

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    Deanne Sinclair says

    Hearing this news today was very sad!
    My condolences to his family.
    To Mr. Abbott, rest peacefully knowing you made a difference! You are one of the reasons I am who I am today. You cared, took the time and patience to help me, not just in grade 9 but throughout high school. You have made a difference for generations. Lots of love and hugs to all missing him today and always.

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    John Gulliford says

    Emma, Chris, Susan and families, my condolences on the loss of a very special man. Mr A, as I always referred to him as, was one of the kindest and most gentle men a person could ever meet. Mr A has surely left a very positive mark in my life as an educator, neighbour and definitely a good friend. I will truly miss our chats and his always upbeat attitude, followed up with a smile. Our community and families share in your grief. Take refuge in knowing how one man has made such a positive impact on so many generations. His words of wisdom and encouragement will carry me through a lifetime. Rest in peace Mr A.

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    Gerry Baker says

    So sorry to hear of Melvs passing ,known Melv all my life growing up in Newman’s Cove ,he was a kind hearted ,smart ,fun loving guy ,one of the good ones for sure ,Sincere condolences to Emma and family.

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    Lisa Chaffey (nee Strong) says

    To Mrs. Abbott and family,
    Sending our deepest, heartfelt condolences to you all. I am so saddened to hear of Melvin’s passing.
    Melvin ( always Mr. Abbott to me) was a remarkable teacher and was a very positive role model for me. He was a very caring and compassionate teacher, always patient and kind. He was one of my favourite teachers and I was very privileged to have had him as a teacher and also have the opportunity to work with him at Clarenville High. After his retirement, whenever, I chanced to meet him, he always chatted with my husband and I. May you find comfort in your many memories in the days ahead.

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      Pansy and Jim Leyden says

      Condolences to Emma and family. Remember you and Melv from your teaching days in Port Blandford where you became a couple. Lovely couple.

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    Geraldine Pomroy says

    I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Abbott family – another good man gone way too soon.

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    June Mills says

    So sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing. I send my condolences to the family.

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    Pauline Metcalfe says

    Rest easy Sir, fly high on eagle’s wings. He was a fine man and teacher. My deepest sympathy to his family.

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    Alex & Eileen Sweetland says

    Our Deepest Condolences to Emma & family.

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    Wade Sheppard says

    I am saddened today to hear of Melvin’s passing and extend deepest condolences to his wife Emma, children, and extended family. Melvin was a dedicated educator who enriched the lives of numerous students during his long and exemplary teaching career. He was a gentle person who always wished nothing but the best for others. Melvin will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.

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    Jeanie Adams says

    Thinking of the Abbott and extended families I am so sadden to hear of Melvin passing aka Mr Abbott he was a very kind and loving man. He was definately one of the few teachers that I considered a favorite. From the time our paths crossed in high school until our last meeting we both always took the time to connect even if it was a quick hello or a long over dued chat rest easy Mr Abbott

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    Paula & Cecil Murphy says

    We will miss you and our visits everytime we came home from Alberta.

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    Pam Collins says

    Sending you each my most sincere condolences. Melvin was such a sincere and sweet human. May you cherish your many precious memories.

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    Madge, Vida and Tom says

    Condolences to Emma and family from Madge, Vida and Tom. Thinking of you all during this sad time.

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    Paul Curtis says

    RIP Sir.

    Mr. Abbott was one of the kindest and most gentle teachers I’ve ever meet. The smile that he always had, even when you knew he expected better from you.

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    Rowena Avery says

    So sorry for your loss; I remember “Mr. Abbott” fondly from grade 7 and 8. Sincere and kind…a lovely person. May your cherished memories bring you comfort.

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    Robert Browne says

    Chris and Family
    Please accept our sincere condolences On the passing of your dear Father. We feel your pain. May your many, many memories ease your pain at this most difficult time. RIP Mr Abbott. Bob & Mary Browne

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    Reg/ Gloria Penney says

    Emma & Family
    We were saddened to read of Melvin’s passing! We remember him well during his teaching days at Clarenville High! May your many memories, help sustain you all in the days, weeks and months ahead! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! May he Rest In Peace!

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      Ross and Donna Martin says

      Emma and family,

      Sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing. Our Condolences to you and your family.

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    Jeff Bursey says

    Rest In Peace sir. You were a great teacher. Best wishes to the family

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    Paul Benger says

    Sorry to hear of Mel’s passing,condolences to the family.
    Paul and Bernice Benger

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    Doreen & Ed Locke says

    To Emma, Susan, Chris and family we extend our deepest sympathies.
    The last time we saw Melvin was at Hyundai when he came in for a visit. He saw us sitting there waiting for our car and gave us the smile of his then sat down for a wee chat. God’s Blessings to you all.

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    June/ Steve Holloway says

    Emma and family
    So sorry to read of Melvins passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families.

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    Amber McCarthy says

    I was so saddened to hear about the passing of Melvin. I have worked with Chris since 2014 and have heard plenty of stories about his Dad and his time growing up. You are all in our thoughts during this difficult time. I am sure he is looking down with so much love and admiration towards you all.

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    Boyne & Gwen Drover says

    So sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing. Our deepest condolences to the family.

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    Ruby says

    Sorry to hear of Melv’s passing.Thinking of you Emma, Susan, Chris & family. Always had a smile when we meet.

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    Mark Power says

    Sorry for your loss Abbott Family. A great teacher to many of us. He always guided you through your reasoning, on the way to learning.

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    Craig Ellis says

    To Mrs. Abbott and family,
    So sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing. I had the privilege to work with Mel when I started my career in the car business. He was a mentor and a wonderful friend to me and he will be dearly missed. My sincerest condolences. Craig Ellis

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    Sharon and Evan Whiteway says

    Emma, Susan, Chris, Gillian and family
    Our hearts are heavy with the loss of a good man who we were proud to call our friend. If we needed anything, Melv was always there to lend a hand or give support. He had such a quiet manner but fierce loyalty to his family and friends. We are so very sad we are away and cannot be there to celebrate his life. Our thoughts are with you all and may the lifetime of memories you shared help ease your sorrow.

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    Bruce Stagg says

    We were greatly saddened to learn of Mel’s passing. Our sincere condolences to his family. He was a colleague and a friend and will be missed.
    Bruce & Dale Stagg

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    Keith HIscock says

    My heartfelt condolences to the families.
    I was very lucky to have known and been helped by Mr. Abbott while playing softball as a kid. I was then very fortunate to have him as a teacher in grade 9. I was then honoured to work and learn again from him for 4 years, many years later in the auto industry. I know everyone who met him feels the same as I do that he was a man of pure character with a heart full of kindness and compassion. He did so much selflessly for so many. We have truly lost a great man, teacher, and friend.

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    Frank Winsor says

    Emma, Susan, Chris and the Abbott Family
    We are saddened today to hear of Mel’s passing. He was a cherished friend, a respected teaching colleague, and true inspiration to his many students at Clarenville High.. We have met occasionally since we both retired from teaching, usually at soccer games of our grandchildren, and we always had a grand chat. Mel will be fondly remembered by all who were privileged to have known him.
    Blessings to you all,
    Frank & Louise Winsor

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    Julie Simmons says

    I have no words right now to express my sorrow at this news. During my years at Clarenville Hight (1986-89), he was my grade 9 teacher, but so much more than that. He was my confidante whom I would talk to about everything going on: all the heartaches of my teenage life as well as the joys and successes. He walked with me in the grand march at my graduation, and there was truly nobody else on the planet I would have wanted to walk with me more. I missed many busses at the end of the school day because I would be in his classroom chatting. He was never too busy for me and never made me feel like there was something else he should be doing at that time. The world has lost a beautiful soul. RIP to a sweet angel.

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    June says

    Emma, Susan, Chris, Matthew and Courtney I’m sorry to hear about uncle Melvin’s passing he was more then a uncle to me he was like a dad to me my heart is broke into a million pieces I will miss our phone chats he was a great man and had a great sense of humour he will be in my heart forever rip uncle melv until we meet again😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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    Brian Rolls says

    The sorrow of your loss can never be filled by words alone. It is with the love shown by the many who knew him and of him that will help fill the void and solidify his memory. With heartfelt condolences, we are sorry for your loss.

    Joan Rolls and family
    Resident at Clarenville Retirement centre

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    Ed & Angela Benson’ says

    So sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing. He was admired and respected by everyone who knew him. Our sincere condolences to all the family during this difficult time.

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    Joan and John Roberts says

    Susan, so sad to read about your dad’s passing. Condolences to you and your family.

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    Warren Ford says

    My condolences to Emmie, Susan, Christopher and family. So sorry to hear about your loss of Melv. I reflected upon the many wonderful conversations Melv and myself had over the years. Melv taught me the importance of researching our history in order to understand the present. I’ll never forget our many conversations regarding NFLD demographic trends and patterns. Mel had a way of making you think about a topic and then rushing out to learn more about that topic. He was a true teacher.

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    Kerri Dooley says

    Chris, Gillian, Courtney and Matthew,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your father, father in law and grandfather.

    Thinking of you all.

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    Paula (Lethbridge) Collins says

    Such a gentle heart and soul. We didn’t see each other often, but over the years we connected though times together with my grandfather, Pop (Rudy) Abbott. Melvins love and kindness will always be remembered by me. 💔

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    Peggy Goodland says

    My condolence to Emma & family. So sorry to hear about your loss of Melvin.
    Melvin was such a good hearted and loving man. He was certainly loved by his family
    & friends. Forever in my heart, may you Rest In Peace.

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    Michael, Lauren & Kev ford says

    To Emily, Christopher, and Susan:

    No words can describe how sorry we are to hear of for your loss. Melve was a very kind person that we respected and enjoyed spending time with.

    Please know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time, and you are in our prayers.
    God bless.

    Michael, Lauren Ford and family, and Kevin Ford
    Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.

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    Betty Simms says

    Dear Emma,Chris,Gillian,Courtney and Matthew,

    I was so very sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful father.father-in-law and poppy.
    He was such a kind,and gentle man.I always enjoyed his company,
    I am sure you have lots of wonderful memories.
    Aunt Betty

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    Audrey & Selby Holloway, Port Blandford, NL says

    Emma and family…. Sincere condolences to you in the loss of Melvin. He was a kind, caring man with a smile for everyone.

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    Amber Kingston says

    So sorry to hear of your loss. He was always such a nice man.

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