North Grafton – Vincent F. Abdella, 91, of North Grafton, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, July 5, 2018 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Born, raised and educated in Worcester, Vincent was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Slyman) Abdella. He was predeceased by his seven brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his three children, Lynne Hammond and her husband Philip of Boston, Frances Sheehan and her husband Kevin of Woburn, and Michael Abdella and his wife Patricia (Manzi) of Worcester; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and long-time companion, Terri Dion.
Shortly after graduating from the Worcester Boys Trade School, Vincent enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1944, serving on the USS Wakefield, a troop and transport ship. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard, he began his own trucking company, V.F. Abdella Trucking, and was involved with major roadway construction projects throughout the Commonwealth.
He was an avid golfer who enjoyed working at golf courses in both Massachusetts and Florida for many years, most recently with his long-standing golf group at Highfields Golf and Country Club in Grafton.
His funeral was held July 9 with a Mass of Christian Burial at St Mary’s Church of Shrewsbury, with burial at Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.