In Memory

Greg Abbott

Greg Abbott

  Gregory A. Abbott

Greg Abbott, beloved friend and long-time bass-baritone soloist in the Seattle area passed away on July 31st at Callahan House in Shoreline. For many years he lived in Lake City and was known as an excellent carpenter and cabinet maker. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2008 and was lovingly cared for by his spouse, Madeline, in their Oregon home, until he required 24 hour care. A memorial service will be held for him at Shoreline UU Church on Saturday, August 22 at 2:00.

Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 16, 2015

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08/18/15 08:39 AM #3    

Joe Baisch

Hello Classmates.  I am moved to write after reading Greg's Obit in the Seattle Times.  In fact, I am moved to respond to and reflect on all our classemates who have left us.  Together we shared the American Culture's "Rites of Passage"..  High School Graduation...

Greg...  I remember Greg for his Intense Presents, Extrodinary Voice and his Loyal Efforts in insuring the long Highline tradition of "student voice" in ASB Leadership.  He was deep in intellect, always ready to ask the next question and centered in his own space...  The world needed to know him and will miss him...

Joe Baisch, Brinnon, Washington    p.s.  A big thanks to Karla and Ric for organizing our 50th...

08/18/15 12:19 PM #4    

Dan Broggel

Well said Joe. I also think about those good mates who died so early in life; a couple not that long after graduation year. My sister Anita took part in a couple of musicals that Greg was in. She always mentioned the great experiences she had in those events.

Dan B.

08/19/15 01:50 PM #5    

Ric Johnston

Dan, Joe:  Yes, forty-eight (!) of us (not counting a few we might not have even heard about yet). I'm struck especially by the dozen we've lost since the 40th reunion. Some of them I knew well in high school: Greg, Sue, Dave, and LeRoy (at Seahurst we were seated alphabetically so it was always LeRoy or Kathi Johnson to my left).  Some I met only much later; Bob and Sharon both worked on the 40th Reunion committee with me. And one, LeRoy, I renewed a friendship with forty years on (check out the ad he sent me then showing him selling shoes to Greg and Laurie in the Memorabilia page on this site).  For nine of us, we don't know the when or how of their passings, and if you can share something about them with all of us, it would be appreciated (these are Linda Dickinson and Linda King, Dean and Merilee Nelson, Jim Parent, Bob Pope, and Terry Raymond -- the last was my best friend at Lake Burien). --Ric

08/19/15 08:14 PM #6    

Morgan Turner

Really sorry to hear about Greg, he was a great friend, and we were lucky enough to have him sing in our wedding. We were looking forwarded to seeing in next year at the 50th and cacthing up on evrything he had been doing ?? We can tell him all about it when we see him again..

08/21/15 07:48 AM #7    

Rob Balzarini

Dear Friends,  many of you have already greatly honored the memory of our fellow classmate and friend Greg Abbott.  Greg is a person I can best describe with the word " class "!  Yes, he had the talent, voice, leadership, but what I remember most about Greg was the way he treated everyone with respect.  Greg's passing, as with all our other classmates that have left us too soon, leaves a void that will be felt at our 50 th reunion.  But they also add a greater reason to gather together to remember each of them, share our memories and renew the "good times".  May the Lord Bless and keep you healthy and safe until we meet.  Greg's passing is also a reminder to me not to wait.  Time to make some calls and have some lunches with friends and classmates!  God Bless and Keep, Rob Balzarini



08/21/15 09:13 AM #8    

Brian Elijah

I am truely saddened by Greg's passing. God bless his family and loved ones.

Having left the Seattle area so long ago, Greg was one of many I was hoping to see again.

Thanks for the 50th work Rick and all. I am looking forward to attending my first reunion.



08/21/15 04:12 PM #9    

Dennis Wolff

The word of Greg's passing was a shock and filled me with immediate sadness. I thought about Greg over the years, but I was unsuccessful in finding him.

I remember Greg as a good friend and a gentle soul.  We were workout buddies preparing for football. I think we talked about life as much as we lifted weights.  Greg was always kind and generous with his words of encouragement. 

God bless Greg and his family.


01/16/16 09:57 PM #10    

Kathi Cox (Smithson)

I found it made me sad that Greg had been taken away so young.  He was a special person in our class.  After all...he was the King of Siam!  By the comments you can see that he made an impression on many of us.  His legacy will be the creations he built whether it be with wood or his voice.  Bless his wife for caring for him.  Rest in Peace Mr. Abbott.

03/06/16 10:40 AM #11    

Cid Randall (Jacobsen)

I was sad to read Greg is no longer with us. One of my strongest highschool memories is about him, working with him in The Sound Of Music. During one of our rushes between scenes where we all madly changed costumes just behind the curtain, everyone rushing around, I stepped on Greg's beloved guitar. Both of us were shocked and upset. I remember wanting to crawl under a rock. He was someone we all looked up to and admired. As others have said, he was a truly sweet person. I felt crushed and sad and felt his pain, being a fellow musician. I knew he would have a good life and deserved it. I was looking forward to seeing him at the 50th.

09/07/16 04:19 PM #12    

Cheryl Nordean (De Hart)

I was very sad to see when I signed up two days ago that Greg had passed away.  I, too, was hoping to see him at the reunion.  Greg was a very special friend in high school.   My favorite memory is from The Sound of Music.  He was not happy when I was cast as Maria because I had no acting experience at all.  But after I came to every rehearsal prepared and finding that I could play the part, we had a great time doing the work together!  

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