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Arthur C. Abbott Jr.

October 28, 1945 ~ February 25, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Arthur Abbott Jr. Obituary

Arthur C. Abbott, Jr.(Art) went to heaven on February 25, 2024. He was born in Abington, PA on October 28, 1945 to Arthur C. Abbott, Sr. and Mabel Kester Abbott. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy Craig Abbott, to include her sister and two brothers, his loving sister Adelle Abbott Webb, and their respective families, including many adoring nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

 

Art loved his family above all else and would do anything for them. When his nieces and nephews were kids they would run to him shouting "Uncle Art" and as they grew older, a giant bear hug greeting was the norm. Laughter and happiness always surrounded every gathering and the infamous "goof shots" were a tradition with family and friends. These fun photos even became part of employee gatherings. The directive: "Don't look normal in the picture."

 

In his youth, Art received a trumpet scholarship to Valley Forge Military Academy but chose to attend Lower Moreland High School instead, graduating in 1963. He went on to the University Of Pennsylvania Wharton School, graduating with a degree in marketing and a minor in business law. Two degrees that served him well throughout his life.

 

Abbott and Cobb, Inc. was a family vegetable seed business started in 1917 by his grandfather and brother-in-law. Art was thrust into leading the company in 1975, after his father's sudden death.

 

As CEO, Art was a natural born leader, genius and most of all, an undaunted, fearless, trailblazing maverick in seed genetics. With Art's leadership, Abbott and Cobb developed and sold vegetable seed to organizations all over the world. Art's breakthrough industry firsts included Summer Sweet sweet corn....husked and in a tray in local supermarkets, as an example. Seedless watermelons and extended shelf life melons are additional examples of his innovations, unsurpassed in the industry.

 

He pushed his staff, his scientists, his competitors and his customers to join him in what he felt was a most extraordinary adventure. He inspired so many to think differently, to reach beyond what was comfortable, to accept the necessary hard work to uncover once hidden possibilities. Art spent more than 40 years in an industry he cherished.

 

It has been said that you meet certain people in life that have that special aura, contagious passion and innate magnetism that draw you to them and inspire you to join their journey.

 

Art was one of those people!

 

Outside of managing his business, Art was an accomplished vocalist and decades long pillar of the Miss New Jersey Scholarship Pageant, where he met, fell in love and married his beloved wife, Nancy.

They co-emceed the pageant for years. Nancy's joy was to be able to announce her favorite singer in the whole world. It was said, "he sings, she dances and together they are a team."

 

Art had many other interests and he excelled at all of them. He especially loved flying, and became a private pilot in 1977. He told the story of how his grandfather once drove his Model T ford to Florida from Philadelphia. It took two weeks. It would take Art merely hours in his Turbo Mooney. 

Boating and being on the water was another passion. He so enjoyed captaining his boats and a multitude of water sports.

 

Anyone who knew Art realized he had a need for speed. An airplane, a boat, a car; all had to have horsepower. Many may recall a white knuckle ride! But one thing was certain, whether by land, sea or air Art would always make sure you arrived safely. Art was always willing to answer questions and impart knowledge....his take on life. He loved sharing his skills as a pilot, and teaching and sharing the controls with whomever wanted to try their hand at running a boat. Docking was always his duty.

 

Outside of work, Art always seemed happiest when he shared his time with family and close friends. Gathering for our annual "Night in Venice" boat parade was always a floating party filled with laughter, music, singing.....love and hugs were always in abundance. It was a much anticipated highlight of Art and Nancy's summer, and part of their love of sharing their world with family and close friends.

 

Art was truly a great man whose impact will be forever felt by his family and friends who love him dearly.

He was a selfless, generous man whose passing has left a huge hole in the hearts of those who loved him.

 

Art will be dearly missed, always loved and his memory will be cherished forever.

 

There are no arrangements at this time. Should friends wish, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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