Abraham, Charles M.

October 23rd, 2011

Charles M. Abraham, Jr., “Chuck”, age 66, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 23, 2011, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  Charles was born on February 14, 1945 in Natick, MA and was the son of the late Charles M, Sr. and Eleanor (Williams) Abraham.  He was raised in Holliston and was  a graduate of Holliston High School.  Chuck enlisted in the United States Navy in February of 1966 and honorably served the country until he was discharged in February of 1970.  He returned home and continued his education at New Bedford Tech and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.  Charles was currently employed as a mechanical engineer for the Jacobs Engineering, but he was also a dependable and valued former employee of the Charles T. Main Company, Stone and Webster, and AEI. 
Charles was married to his sweetheart, the late Nancy A. (Downes), on December 28, 1974 in Wakefield.  The couple moved to Wilmington in 1976.  They loved spending time together and traveled a lot.  The couple traveled the world, reaching Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Alaska, Hawaii and many islands along the way.  They traveled throughout the United States and their favorite place to go was Martha’s Vineyard.  Aside from traveling, Charles loved spending time with his cats, Taz, Scooter, Brady and Tinkerbell, they were his babies. 
Being an engineer, Charles had a love for model trains.  He was a member of the Washaukam Valley Live Steamers, a model train club, of which he served as President.  Charles also loved following sports, and was an avid Patriots and Red Sox Fan.
Charles will be remembered for his quiet nature, he was gentle giant, a big teddy bear with the heart of gold, he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Charles was the beloved husband of the late Nancy A. (Downes) Abraham.  He was the cherished son of the late Charles M. Sr., and Eleanor (Williams) Abraham. 
Charles is survived by his step mother, Romaine Abraham of Franklin.  He is the dear brother of Cynthia Bastarache and her husband Norman of Petersburgh, NY and Maryellen Abraham of Clinton, MA.  Charles was the loving uncle of Richard Spencer, Jean Paul Bastarache and Lisa Bastarache, and great uncle of Zachary and Kaitlynn Spencer.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, October 27th at 1:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, October 26th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Charles’ name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA  01701.

11 Entries in Guest Book for “Abraham, Charles M.”

  1. Sidney Kaplan says:

    Sorry to hear about the loss of “Chuck”. I worked with him on a project and just wanted to say that it was my pleasure working and knowing Chuck. He will be missed.

  2. Donald J Burroughs says:

    Dear Chuck,
    I can never thank you enough, though we worked different disciplines, you were always there to answer questions and offer a kind word.
    I’ll always remember the night I was working late and praying about a very big choice I had to make.
    Suddenly you appeared in my doorway your advice was exactly what I needed and it made a “HUGE” impact on my life and career!
    You will be missed. DJ

  3. Dick & Terry Kaszynski says:

    Chuck was a true gentleman in all respects. It was truly a pleasure for us to have known him and Nancy, who again will be with him in heaven.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with them and his family.

  4. Jerry Grazioso says:

    I phoned Chuck less than 2 weeks ago and he said he was doing fine and ready to go back to work.
    This is a major shock to hear of his passing.
    We worked together at Jacobs on several projects and I will surely miss him.
    The prayers of the Grazioso family are with you Chuck and for your loved ones.

  5. Vanessa Tamanini says:

    I worked with Chuck at Jacobs and have been in close contact with him throughout the past year during both he and his wife’s illnesses. We became very close and this is a huge loss. He was a wonderful man and will be missed dearly.

    My thoughts are with Chuck and his family and friends always!

  6. Robb Roddenberry says:

    Working with Chuck over the years has been a pleasure. Not taking things too seriously, adding fun to the project but always with the respect of the profession is a virtue held by few. We talked about the Red Sox all summer long and he had that Sox nation intuition that kept the dream alive but the reality at hand.
    You will be missed.

  7. Tim Donovan says:

    Chuck Abraham and I were colleagues for the Pulp & Paper Division for Chas. T. Main, Inc. and we worked on several projects together during the early 1990s. Please accept my condolence for your loss.

  8. Angin Vardanyan says:

    I Worked with Chuck in very short period of time but his listening, supporting and caring abilities enclosed with the respect toward the project and the people were highlighted in a unique and honorable ways.
    You will be missed Chuck.


  9. Don & Heidi Ritchie says:

    I am very sad to hear the passing of our good friend Chuck. I was out to dinner only a couple of weeks ago with chuck and things were looking up,I thought he would return to his everyday routine,but you never know what each day brings.I will miss his great laugh and dry sense of humor.He was president of Waushakum Live Steamers when I met first met him.Keep the fires bright.

  10. BOB MESSIER says:

    Chuck and I worked together at C-T-Main in different disciplines. He was the one to introduce Jill and I to the Channel 2 auction. We worked for many years on his team and enjoyed every moment of it. After many years he decided to hand us the reins and we lead the team for several years afterward. We still think about Chuck and Nancy and they will be greatly missed and I am so sorry for your loss.

  11. Andrea Coulter Aronne says:

    Chuck and I met as teenagers and became friends, sharing many happy times together, including a wonderful trip to California and its coastal regions.
    I was surprised and saddened to read of his death, and I extend my sympathies to his family, especially to Cindy and Mary Ellen. He was a caring, fun and generous man and he will be missed.

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