John D. Abate, 64, of Plainville, passed peacefully Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Hartford Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. Born on May 7, 1953, in the Bronx, N.Y., to the late Joseph and Anna (DePaolo) Abate, he worked for Pratt & Whitney, where he was nicknamed “Moose,” and many years at Southington Hardware with “Uncle Lou,” later retiring from Walmart as hardware department manager.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen (Pasciuto) Abate; his brother Mark and wife Elena Abate of Puerto Rico; nieces Jennifer and husband Greg LeBrun of Southington and Theresa Abate of Bristol. He was predeceased by his sister, JoAnn Testa. He will be missed by many family and friends from Southington to New York.
Aside from John’s love of the Beatles, he had a passion for car shows and cruise nights. He organized and helped promote many in the area for various charities, known as Johnny B Goode. The most recent show benefit for the Sunshine Kids was in Southington on June 11.
A memorial Mass will be held July 8, 2017, at noon at St Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St., Southington. There are no calling hours and burial is private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to sunshinekids.org.
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