June 20th, 2019


Abbott C. Combes III

November 29, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date

Obituaries » Abbott C. Combes III

Abbott Carson Combes III, died on Oct. 29, 2018. Abbott Combes was born in 1920 and grew up in Elmhurst, Queens, NY, the son of Dr. Abbott C. Combes Jr. and Gladys Ewing Combes. He studied at Exeter Academy before attending Dartmouth College. He graduated in 1941, joined the Army, served in the Field Artillery in Panama, and as Captain, taught military science and tactics in Chicago. Abbott married Mary Hamlin in Chicago in 1943. Following World War II, the two settled in Berkshire County, first in Sheffield, then West Stockbridge, and Pittsfield in 1954. In 1948, Abbott founded Pittsfield Dalton Home Supply on Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield. Following a semi-retirement in 1970, he became a real estate broker and partner in Berkshire Garden and Gift Center. In 2015, he moved to Northfield, VT. He was known for his gentlemanly manners, proper decorum, sense of humor, strong opinions, fondness of Cuba Libres and impromptu recitations of Robert Service ballads. Abbott Combes leaves behind his son, Richard and daughter-in-law Holly, of Spartanburg, SC; daughter Sally and son-in-law Mike Leahey, of Montpelier, VT; daughters-in-law Alice Combes and Connie Combes; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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