Ocean Pines -Robert W. Abele Jr. December 6, 1938 to April 8, 2016
Robert William Abele, 77, of Ocean Pines, MD passed away peacefully on April 8, 2016 from complications of amyloidosis with kidney and liver failure. He was born in Gloversville, NY on December 6, 1938, the only son of the late Robert Wilhelm Abele and Elsbeth Meta Doerre Abele.
Bob graduated from Gloversville High School in 1956 where he had been a class officer, orchestra violinist and Concert Master, participated in sports and was active in Key Club.
Bob graduated from Clarkson University in 1960 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He was a member of the Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honorary and Zeta Nu Fraternities. His career from 1960 -1992 was in engineering, manufacturing, and management functions with E I DuPont de nemours Corp.
As a youth, Bob spent many hours enjoying outdoor activities with his family at their camp at the Sacandaga Lake near his hometown, swimming, water skiing, biking, archery, target shooting with his BB gun, fishing with his dad, and putting around in an old rowboat. He and his father worked on the cabin at the lake, and he became very proficient with tools and building. Young Bob enjoyed his Lionel train set in a miniature town and landscape created for him by his dad. His parents were both from Germany and followed many German cultural traditions.
Bob always respected nature and strongly believed in protecting the environment, fostering this belief in his three children through their childhood experiences with him.
After retirement, Bob kept very busy and was highly respected in many local organizations and causes. He was a chair of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, on the board of directors of the Ocean Pines Homeowner's Association, member of the Ocean Pines Anglers, Maryland Saltwater Fisherman's Association, commodore of the Ocean Pines Boat Club, and was active in Kiwanis Club.
Bob is survived by his three loving children: oldest son Todd; daughter April Isaacson and her husband Trygve; youngest son Craig and his wife Melanie; and granddaughters, Hannah, Luna, and Quinn. Bob is also survived by his sisters, Janet Underwood and Eileen Burda. -