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Delmont R. Abells 07/25/2016

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.



#6 the James family 2016-07-28 14:57
Our deepest sympathies to the Abells family. We cherish our times with both Del and Ruth, and rejoice in knowing they are now together in their eternal home. In our house, the book of Romans will always be associated with Del -- "pretty much a guidebook for how a Christian life should be." We'll be thinking of and praying for you all.
#5 Donna Clark 2016-07-28 01:17
She, Chris and Don
Sorry to here about the passing of such a great man. He employed so many youths over the years, and installed more values then just employment. The Colstone family will always cherish so many good times with a great boss. I hope you and you families find comfort at this difficult time.
Donna Clark
#4 Martin 2016-07-27 22:03
I send my deepest condolences to the family. I am sorry for your great loss. Death is very devastating and difficult to deal with. Please know that God has such loving concern for bereaved ones (Psalm 146:5,9). God cares (Psalm 34:18) He is near to those broken at heart. He is the God of all comfort. Cherish the wonderful memories you've made together. My thoughts are with you and the family.
#3 Jack Vician 2016-07-27 19:47
Sorry to hear of Del's passing, he was a great person to have as a boss when I worked at the Colstone, he gave me a good work ethic I still have. My Colstone family is one I will always remember fondly.
#2 Elena Varney 2016-07-27 13:19
Dear Chris and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked under Del for 7 years and he was a significant influence on me. I have many fond memories of him and those times. He taught me much about character and work ethic. I hope that you, too, are comforted by warm memories and appreciation for the wonderful man that Del was.
#1 Karen Simmons Flower 2016-07-27 12:22
So sorry for your loss Don & Chris. Your Dad was such a big part of our church and the community.

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