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“Dear Kathy,My deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom. I remember our conversation about her while waiting for our orders at Liberty Bell...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Sue Daly - Melrose, MA

“Dear Kenny and Laurie, We just got your message about Eleanor, your lovely mother will be in our hearts for every, the summers shared with you and...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: harris Mcwade - New Ipswich, NH

“Our deepest sympathy to the Abbott family. Eleanor was a wonderful woman. Rest In Peace and God Speed. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Cheryl & leo Trzcinski - FL

“Have many great memories of our summers on the island in Marblehead. Eleanor was like a mother to all of us. She will be missed by all of us....Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Virginia Phillips - Dade City, FL

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
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“To the family...I pray that you find comfort from the good and sweet memories that you've shared with your dear loved one. You will always have those...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Trina

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Glenn & Heidi Eramo - Stoneham, MA

“Larry,Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your Family at this difficult time...Read More »
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9 of 16 | Posted by: Dennis M Cargill - S. ,Hamilton, MA

“Rest In Peace Eleanor. We remember Eleanor as a wonderful neighbor to our father at Levi Gould ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: - Melrose, MA

“Eleanor was my favorite cousin. Lived across the street from my family, so I have fond memories of her before she married. When she move to grove st...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Polly Stewart - Saugus, MA

“Very sorry for your loss.She was a great mother to all.She was always so nice to everyone.My thoughts and prayers are with you and you mother always...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: david mccarthy - NORTH ANDOVER, MA

“To the Abbott family, sending condolences at this difficult time. Eleanor will never be forgotten, and we can hope to see her again in the future...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring...Read More »
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“My condolences goes to the family. May you find comfort in knowing God is near to all who need comfort. ”
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“May you find comfort in your memories and peace from the hearer of all prayers during this difficult time. Psalms 65 : 2 ”
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Mrs. Eleanor G. (Virgin) Abbott, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Monday, November 14, 2016, at age 93.

Born on the 4th of July in 1923 in Lynn, Eleanor was one of five children of the late George H. Virgin and Carmen (Gardner) Virgin. Eleanor was raised in Revere before moving to Melrose with her family. In 1943, she married the late John F. Abbott, who was also a resident of Melrose, and together they started a family of four in Melrose.

Eleanor stayed at home to raise the family until her husband, recognizing a need for more ice rinks, opened Hockeytown USA on Franklin Street in Melrose. Working alongside John, Eleanor kept the books, acted as office manager, and did her best to keep their customers happy. They grew the business together and in 1972, opened a second hockey rink on Route One in Saugus MA. Hockeytown continues operating on Rt. 1 under Eleanor and John's son, Larry.

On summer weekends, Eleanor and John developed a love for sailing while at their summer house on Gerry Island in Marblehead Harbor. They spent summer days sailing around New England, and had many fond memories and extended trips together over the years. In her free time, Eleanor was an avid reader, and enjoyed the winter months in Cape Coral, Florida.

Eleanor was known for her quiet chuckle, calm nature, and her steady hand which was always ready to support those she loved, no matter how wild the adventure. She will be missed, but always lovingly remembered as a woman whose presence made the world a better place.

Eleanor was the beloved wife of the late John F. Abbott with whom she shared 59 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Clifford F. Abbott and his wife Joyce of Green Bay, WI, Kenneth J. Abbott and his wife Laurie Egan of Juno, FL, Lawrence W. Abbott and his wife Marybeth of Saugus, and Kathy L. Abbott of Beverly. Dear sister of the late Charles Virgin, Jack Virgin, Howard Virgin, and Dorothy Millen. Cherished grandmother of Anna Johnson, Melissa Cucciniello, Kelly Abbott, Jason Egan and his wife Jessica, Ben Abbott, Jacob Abbott, Lilly Rivera and her husband Harry, and Tim Abbott and his wife Rae. Loving great-grandmother of Joey and Sienna Cucciniello, Matty Papagikos, Kyliegh Egan, and Mirren Abbott. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Melrose High School Permanent Scholarship Fund, c/o John & Eleanor Abbott Family Fund, PO Box 760695, Melrose MA 02176.