NORTH ATTLEBORO – Delmont “Del” R. Abells, 87, of Ellis Road passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was husband of the late Ruth (Whitcomb) Abells for 54 years.
Born in Arlington, he was a son of the late Harry and Dorothy (Ranger) Abells. Del was raised in Newton and was a 1947 graduate of Newton North High School. He received a BA from Tufts University in 1951 where he was a member of the Navy ROTC.
He moved to North Attleboro in 1962.
Del began his career at HP Hood in Charlestown from 1953 to 1956 in a management training rotation. He was the restaurant manager at Colstone Resturants, Inc. in Boston from 1956 to 1963 and in 1963 he became manager at Colstone Family Restaurant in North Attleboro and subsequently bought the restaurant.
Del was a Division Officer, Gunnery Department, in the US Navy from 1951 to 1953 aboard the USS Leyte.
He was a longtime member and trustee at First United Methodist Church in North Attleboro. Del enjoyed being with family and friends and loved time spent at his beach cottage, gardening and any project involving tools and machinery. He was always interested in the latest gadgets and discoveries.
He is survived by two sons, Donald and his wife Margaret of Maynard and Christopher and his wife Davida of Wilson, NC; his sister Susan O’Donnell of Plainville; five grandchildren: Diana, Kathy, Lily, Jack and Zoe and several nieces and nephews.
He was father of the late Gary W. Abells and brother of the late Wayne W. Abells.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, July 29 from 4-8 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 20 Hoppin Hill Ave (Route 120), North Attleboro.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215.
To sign an online guestbook for Del, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com.