SEAL HARBOR - Arthur L. Abbott Jr., 69, passed away peacefully July 2, 2013, at Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor, with his loving daughter by his side. He was born April 20, 1944, in Bar Harbor, son of Arthur and Grace (Paine) Abbott Sr.
Arthur grew up in Bar Harbor and enlisted in the U.S. Army
in 1962 and served in Germany where he was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal and the M14 Expert Medal. He married the love of his life Hortense "Tee" Grindle in 1970 and together they raised their daughter, Michele, in Seal Harbor. Arthur worked as a caretaker for many years for Jane Zirnkilton of Seal Harbor and Eleanor Greenan, also of Seal Harbor. He also helped his wife with their business, First Express. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed golfing, hunting and boating. Arthur was a 30 year member of Northeast Harbor Masonic Lodge where he held many offices including master of the Lodge and was a representative of the Grand Lodge of Maine as district deputy grand master for the 21st District. He was a 32 degree mason of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Bangor and the Consistory of Portland. He was also a member of the Anah Temple Shrine, Bangor, where he marched in the Flag Unit. Arthur was a mentor for everyone and an example for all. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Michele Croan and husband, Charlie, of Seal Harbor; two grandchildren, Charles Croan III and wife, Becki, of Lamoine and Mathew Croan and wife, Libby, of Fairbanks, Alaska; four great-grandchildren, Kody, Kailyn, Hailey and Ryan; two brothers, Dick Abbott of Hancock and Tom Abbott and wife, Gale, of Bar Harbor and their families; sister, Gerry Claremont of New Hampshire; brother-in-law, Andy Hopkins of East Millinocket; two sisters-in-law, Susan Jane Grindle and wife, Janice Collucci, of Seal Harbor and Onalee Fritz of Georgia; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Hortense "Tee"; father, Arthur; mother, Grace; and sister, Elizabeth.
A Masonic and military graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove, with a reception afterward. Contributions in Arthur's memory may be made to SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com