Official Funeral For Bill Abbott ALP Urges Government

Legendary strongman Bill Abbott should be accorded an official funeral, according to Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Chairman Gaston Browne, who said the party mourns the passing of the erstwhile “Senator for Life.”

“It is with great sadness that we the leaders of the Antigua Labour Party mourn the death of Comrade Bill Abbott. His loyalty and commitment to the Antigua Labour Party are unmatched. … He was an accomplished cricketer, footballer, boxer, bodybuilder and entrepreneur, among other things.

His strength was unmatched by any human being within the region. He demonstrated his physical (prowess) with a number of notable feats, including lifting a large piano on his back and lifting a small vehicle,” Browne said.

“Bill Abbott was a colossal figure who made significant contribution towards the socio-economic and political development of this country and he will be missed by all. The Antigua Labour Party would like to urge the UPP government to accord the late senator an official funeral in keeping with his contributions.”

One of Abbott’s contemporaries, Robin Bascus also spoke highly of his colleague: “I miss him a lot. I visited him a few times while he was sick, but I think Antigua has missed a very important man, a chap who was known by a lot of people. Especially in his latter days when he was involved in politics … he was so feared,” Bascus said.

Abbott died quietly at home on Monday evening at the age of 85. Several family members and friends were at his bedside at the time of his passing.

Abbott leaves to mourn his wife and children, a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his first son, Douglas.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)

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3 thoughts on “Official Funeral For Bill Abbott ALP Urges Government

  1. Very true. We called him Pappy. As kids we sort of hang around his camp, it was the boys club for those of us who did not want to or could not join the Cubs or Boys Scouts. I can remembering him struggling with the famous Littlewoods Pools Perm 8 draws from 21 for the cost of 21 pounds. Every Saturday afternoon when we checked the Pools another loss. Monday thru Wednesday to task began all over again. I cannot remember him ever winning the Pools. Yet he was always jovial and in good spirits. He always stressed to some of us that we could become something. Cecile B. Demille the movie producer of the Robe offered him a part although I am not sure of the authenticity of this. I remember when Princess Magaret came to Antigua, Bills car AG188 a little white Morris drove her around. Some may be critical when we speak of the old Antigua, but I remember the happy times as a child and a young man growing up. This man Bill Abbott will always be in my memories as an ICON in Antigua. I tried to find him on my visit to Antigua after being away for 35 years, but no one knew who I was speaking about and did not want to reveal anything.

    May he rest in peace. He contributed to my home country in more ways than I can say. I am not sure if he is worthy of a Book. Never let anyone diminish you was an unforgettable thought he placed in my head. I shall never forget him.

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  2. Oh yes,Bill Abbott was quite a guy.As a youth I remembered him as always being pleasant,polite,respectful (especially to the ladies) and always wanting to demonstarte his many strengths and abilities.Who can forget the
    epic boxing matches he used to have with Joe Mercier (a la Caribbean Joe) and
    Walter Etinoff at the Boys’ School grounds—-just below the Antigua Grammar School.Bill fancied himself as Billy Conn and Mercier as Joe Luis.Those were some rough workouts and Bill gave as much as he took.

    Bill’s first attempt at cricket was quite amusing—especially his style of batting.He got quite a kick by moving about at the crease and shaking his girth as the bowlers ran up to the stumps to make their delivery.With a mighty and uncontrolled swing of the bat,he would miss the ball by yards.But that didn’t faze Bill.He was all smiles.Having the time of his life.But when he connected with the ball it was,more often than not,hurled over the boundary for six.Bill loved sports and the limelight.

    As a business man,Bill owned and operated a posh night club and taxi service in the heart of St.John’s and he was often called upon to provide transport
    for many dignitaries,such as The Queen of England and her sister Princess Margaret,when they visited the island and Bill,of course,was the Executive Chauffeur.

    All in all,Bill Abbott was an icon and a local hero.Sincere condolences are offered to his family and friends.

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  3. This was an extraordinarily puzzling man with very strong convictions. He was not averse to self-promotion; for years, he operated a nightclub and sang for audiences. He would take his photos to the door of the Departure lounge at the airport for others to wonder at his strength. He was strong, noy just physically, but also in his convictions. He supported the ALP at a time when it was fashionable to dump on the ALP. He saw himself as Samson; and in many ways he was. The ALP will miss him.

    Max

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