W. Findlay Abbott
Jan. 12, 1946 – Aug. 17, 2020
Findlay Abbott, 74, died peacefully listening to his favorite radio station, KBBI.
He struggled recently with heart troubles. A longtime Homer resident, he first came to Homer in 1952 for six months, and moved to Homer in 1959. He homesteaded with his family on Yukon Island, where he still loved to spend time. He commercially salmon fished as a young man.
He graduated with a bachelors degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He worked for many years building architectural and engineering models with Abbott Scale Models. Findlay had a lifelong love of classical music and a number of times volunteered at KBBI. Over 30 years ago, Judge James Fitzgerald said Findlay was known as the best lay lawyer in Alaska. For many years, he fought such issues as the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Alice Abbott.
He is survived by his five sisters, Gretchen Bersch, Becky Lundqvist, Phoebe Blackwell (Don), Melissa Abbott (Vern Savage), and Meg Birney (Robert); niece Jen Bersch (Austin); nephews, Jeremy Grenville (Jennie), Andrew Abbott (Donia), and Christopher Czikra; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; auxiliary family member Mark Pfeffer; cousins, Phil Brudie, Charlene Wilkins, Jane Wilkes and Ann Daigle; and many friends.
His cremated remains will be buried in the family cemetery on Yukon Island at a later time when it is safe to gather. Memorial contributions may be made to KBBI.