Captain Charles Jay (‘Chuck’) Abbott

Captain Charles Jay “Chuck” Abbott, 64, of Hartford, New York, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022.

Born Oct. 31, 1957, in New Britain, Connecticut, Chuck graduated from Bristol Eastern High School in 1975. He then attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and graduated in 1979. Graduating from Kings Point was a point of personal pride for Chuck throughout his personal and professional life.

The week after his college graduation Chuck married the love of his life, Virginia “Gigi” Rogers. They welcomed four children and four grandchildren over the course of their 43 years of marriage. As a couple, parents and as grandparents, Chuck and Gigi enjoyed family visits, camping and paddling trips. Chuck also enjoyed hunting, gardening, woodworking and learning about American history, particularly the Civil War. He enthusiastically shared his vast knowledge with his children and grandchildren.

Chuck operated his own maritime safety and inspections business, Seatech Marine Services. He enjoyed the freedom of being his own boss and the flexibility to spend more time with his family. Chuck also was an active member of the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company for 40 years. He cherished providing a service to his small rural community, the comradery of the department and the ability to shape the next generation of firefighters.

Chuck is survived by his devoted wife Gigi, his loving children and their families Carolyn Abbott Burch (Bruce, Seth and Lyndsay), Stephen Abbott (Angelia, Nicholas and Hope), Kevin Abbott (Sharie) and Anne Abbott (Michael). Chuck also is also survived by his three brothers Bruce, Jeff and Rodney and their families as well his mother-in-law June Rogers, brothers-in-law Mike and Paul Rogers (Wendy) and many nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

Chuck is preceded in death by his parents Cyril and Alice Abbott, his father-in-law Marcus Rogers and sister-in-law Patricia Rogers Saul.

A Christian Mass will be held at the United Methodist Church in Granville at 18 Church St. at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, with a celebration of life at the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company immediately following. Due to severe allergies, the Abbott family asks that those attending the funeral or celebration of life please refrain from sending flowers or wearing perfume or other fragrances.

Those attending the celebration of life also are asked to please bring a dish to pass. Donations in Chuck’s name may be made to the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 121, Hartford NY 12838.