Abel, George William, Sr.
Birth: Wednesday, February 12, 1936 in Washington, DC
Residence: Waldorf Md.
Death: Friday, April 10, 2020 at the age of 84
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George (Bill) Abel, of Waldorf Md., beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully on April 10, 2020 at Southern Maryland Hospital after an 18-day battle with COVID-19. He was born on February 12, 1936 in Washington, DC to Susan and Clayton Abel. One of ten children, he grew up running the streets of Georgetown. Nicknamed "Tuffy" by his family and through his reputation as a member of the Boys Club, he won the Junior Golden gloves championship as a pre-teen.
He was proud to have served in the US Marines. He loved to tell stories of his travels while in the service. Later he made his life long career as an Elevator Mechanic, a member of the National Elevator Union, Local I.U.E.C #10. He retired in August of 1992 and enjoyed twenty eight years of retirement.
Bill loved life and he lived it to the fullest. He always looked on the bright side. He loved to talk, he loved to eat, and was happy every day. He was also fiercely competitive and played to win.
Bill was an avid golfer and lover of all the local sports teams. He experienced the thrill of achieving more than one "hole-in-one". He was a member of the Seniors Golf Club in White Plains. He loved building model cars. In his younger years, he loved bowling Duck pins and being a little league coach. To this day he still talks about coaching the Waldorf Allstars team.
If asked, Bill would say his biggest accomplishment in life was his marriage to Irma and their four children. He loved his home and spending time with his family.
Bill is survived by his wife Irma Abel of Waldorf Md.; son George (Billy) William Abel, Jr. of Georgia; son Daniel Abel of Waldorf Md.; daughter Robin Meissner and husband Jack Meissner of Edgewater Md.; son David Abel and wife Vickie Abel of St. Leonard Md.; grandsons Brandon, Nicholas, Benjamin Abel, Joseph Lusk and granddaughter Maegan Lusk; great-grandson Jonathan Bizuk, Jr.; brother Robert Abel of South Carolina; sisters Betty Dickey of West Virginia and Mary Colligan of Georgia, and numerous other nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Our family would like to especially thank the dedicated staff at Southern Maryland Hospital Intensive Care Unit for being with Bill when our family could not. We are deeply appreciative of the sacrifices made by you and your families.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.