Joseph C. Abbott

1955 ∼ 2019

Michael Snell of Truro, MA wrote:

His spirit will thrive forever: “A Parable of Immortality” By Henry van Dyke As I stand on a mountaintop, As the great bird approaches, He is small in my sight but grows larger on approach, Until I am blessed with the full sight of his graceful wings, Proud countenance and good company. All too quickly he grows small again on the horizon And disappears from view, And I call out, “There, he is gone!” But then on a mountaintop beyond me, And at the precise moment when I note The great bird’s departure from my view, I know that there are new eyes taking up the sight of him, And fresh voices calling out, “Here he comes!”

Toni & Anthony Nichelson of Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Prayers and condolences for the family, may God comfort you at this most difficult time. All of our love

Burhedita PriceThompson of Philadelphia Pa. wrote:

The Thompson Family sends our most heart felt sympathy at this most difficult time! Please remember Joy does come in the morning, stay encouraged. Love you all .

Elaine Brennan of Yarmouth Port, MA wrote:

Joe was a beautiful human being. I will miss his presence. Elaine Brennan

Kevin, Deborah, Shavonne and Janaya Hart of Boston, MA wrote:

My life long best friend will be missed by many. I would be selfish to suggest he only belonged to me, as he belonged to all those he touched. Your spirit will live in our HART'S forever. We love you Joey.

Liz Lewis of West Barnstable MA wrote:

Joe was loved and admired by many...he could always make you laugh. He will be missed greatly.

Steve & Barbara of Mashpee,Mass wrote:

Joe will be missed but memories of his kindness will never be forgotten. He was a true friend always willing to help when needed usually over and beyond. I will hold on to memories of all take kind things he did for me and others. Sadly missed but lovingly remembered. Fairwell Friend! Many rides to Boston will never be forgotten and the fish fry at the Church.

Betty Penn of Jupiter, Florida wrote:

My thoughts, prayers, and love to you Francine and Nicole and Joe’s entire family. Joe was such a special person to all he met. He loved my former husband, Howard, and Howard loved him. Now they can share in their friendship in heaven.

Bill Higgins of Centerville wrote:

Joe was a friend. ‘Nuff said. We didn’t see each other often. In fact, our paths seldom crossed in recent years. But there was a time when we would share many mornings with Joe over coffee and I always left feeling better than when I arrived. That was Joe. He would make you laugh. What a gift! I’ll always remember his genuine, infectious smile and how he would tease that we were “brothers from another mother.” Not long ago we met again in the morning and it was as if we had just seen each other yesterday. We didn’t miss a beat, laughing throughout. Those of us who were privileged to have Joe Abbott in our lives are better people; pity on those who never had the opportunity.

Elizabeth RixhM of Dennis MA wrote:

Tennis at Sesuit was such fun when you were there. You were always cheerful and your laughter was infectious. We have often talked about “the good old days “ at Sesuit and you were a big part of that. I have many happy memories of those days and I thank you. May you Rest In Peace.

Arthur and lanora Harrison of Burlington nj 08016 wrote:

No words no words could touch this page to tell you our condolences. We were just together. He invited me and Arthur to visit. The night before on Aug 6. I said to Arthur let's go to Boston Sept 6. Take Joey up on his offer and see mommie. Our hearts the family all of our love and support.

Pam Alden of Sagamore, MA wrote:

We were shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Joe. Over many years, I have come to know and respect Joe as he coached the Willy's teams in competition against my teams in various tennis battles. He was such a force and presence and always had kind words, encouragement, a laugh and smile for all players whether you won or lost. He was a real gentleman. He will be deeply missed by all of us and was a great asset to Cape Cod tennis. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Pam Alden

Karen Tanguay of Sagamore Beach wrote:

Francine and family, so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. I know the love you and your family have for him was amazing and always will be. Sending you my deepest condolences to all of you. Love, The Tanguay Family

Cynthia Gonsalves Tavares of So. Yarmouth Mass 02664 wrote:

My Deepest Sympathy Fran & Family,Prayers for Strength&Peace;

Lenny and Brenda Miranda of Harwich wrote:

We loved you Joe and will always remember the joy and laughter you brought to our lives. May God keep you in His arms until we see each other again, in His Heaven above.

Kyle Cocozza of Marstons Mills MA wrote:

No life is ended until every life it has touched is gone!

Alicia & Edwin Colon of Jamaica plain ma wrote:

May Joe rest in paradise and may the family have peace and understanding at this most difficult time. Joe was loved by everyone he met and will be truly missed.

Michael A.Diggs of Mattapan, Ma. 02126 wrote:

it is without saying, out loud, if you knew Joe, you felt the feelings of love. Joe's life is that one word, LOVE, and so much more. I always believe that when two people have known each for 50 years, the word friend becomes not enough to identify who they truly are to each other. Joe, without a doubt was, is and will always be my Brother and Family. I live from this day forward, until we meet again, with a heavy heart. time and distance can never fill the void of joe not being amongst us. my brother, I sincerely look forward to the day that we meet again. until we do, I pray to God, may you rest in peace my brother

Deb & Elliotte Arthurs of Naples Fl wrote:

Dear Francine and family...we are so shocked and saddened by the loss of Joe. May your memories get you through this sad timr

Arlene and Rick Cash of Snellville, GA wrote:

Our hearts are broken with the news of Joey’s passing. He was always there to comfort us when we had a loss and ALWAYS had the right words at the right time to bring a smile to your face. I will never forget his laugh. I didn’t see him much as an adult, but growing up on Cedar/Highland Street if Joey Abbott was around, you always had a sense that he had your back. Joanne, Brittany, Mrs. Abbott...there are no words that will fill that space you now have where Joey existed in your lives. Please know that we send our love and our deepest condolences...we will ALWAYS be here if you need anything.

Steve Smith of Weymouth, MA wrote:

Joe was one of a kind - a completely genuine and positive gentleman. I knew him through tennis at Willy’s gym. Seeing him on the tennis court was a highlight of my visit to the gym. Even if we were not on the same court. His effervescence and happiness were infectious. I cannot fathom the loss this is for his family. You are in my thoughts.

Nancy Whitehurst of Brewster wrote:

Anyone who knew Joe is heartbroken. He was a kind, fun loving, gem of a man.

Jim Higgins of Centerville, MA wrote:

My brother Bill eloquently expressed how much Joe added to our lives. We never left a session with Joe not feeling better for sharing time with him. If one is to be measured by how much you put into life rather than what you get from it, then Joe was more than a success, he was an example to us all of how to live life and appreciate your family and friends.

Lydia Gerrior of Monument Beach wrote:

Francine, Ed and I are so very sorry for your loss. We are wishing you and your family Comfort and Peace.

Matthew Pernick of Marstons Mills, MA wrote:

I am so so upset and sorry to hear this sad news. I met Joe a few years ago and all though I didn’t see him often we connected, I had so much respect for this man. He was such a great ambassador of the sport of tennis and so encouraging to everyone he gave lessons too. I enjoyed hearing him tell me how much he enjoyed his children and grandchildren. I often spoke of Joe to my family and I’m glad my son got to meet him. I am sorry for your loss, this was way too soon to lose such a fine man. Our condolences, the Pernick Family.

Neil S. Cohen of Yarmouthport, MA wrote:

Joe was the best racquet stringer and extraordinary gentleman.

Jamal Antar of Atlanta Georgia wrote:

Pops, You were and are my friend and my father. My heart aches every time I think of another day without you here but you memory and the trail of smiles and laughter you left for all of us to share eases the pain. I love you

Bunny of Boston, MA wrote:

Kitty,Tootsie,Brandon, Jibril, Sean and the entire Abbott family: I just want you to know how much I and my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will miss"Uncle-Papa-Joe". He was there for all of us in so many ways. Before Joe became a member of my family he was my friend. He was kind and loving and compassionate. And yes he was one of the funniest people I've ever known. Joe always had a way of making some of the most difficult situations bearable. He brought laughter and fun into every situation. He always had space in his heart for everyone. My brother-in-law will be forever missed and in our hearts and for purely selfish reasons. We needed him in our lives. Thank you Abbott family for sharing your Blessing with the the rest of us. I LOVE YOU JOE. I KNOW YOU GOT YOUR WINGS!!!!!!! With love, Bunny

Pat Fitzsimmons of Port St Lucie. FL wrote:

My condolences to all of the Abbott family. I remember how touched I was by the love Joe had for his children when he would come to the Wixon Middle School. He was a kind and caring man.

Mr. and Mrs. James Kent of Philadelphia wrote:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We send our deepest sympathy to the Abbott family as you remember and celebrate the life of Joey. We pray that in time GOD will fill your sorrows with serenity and a host of beautiful memories. Joey is now one of GOD's angels and he will live on in spirit within all of you.

Mike Majewski of Yarmouth, MA wrote:

Joe would always light up a room and spread joy with his sparkling personality, his wonderful smile and story-telling with his booming voice and his contagious laughter and mischievous and fun-loving outlook. Charisma galore!

Carl Stephen Back of Marco Island wrote:

Joey, I will miss you so much. We know that you are holding Court in heaven. God bless you and your loved ones.

Gretchen Price of North Eastham, MA wrote:

Joe taught me and my kids (Especially Carly and Jack) a love for the game of tennis...I don’t even think they knew they were having a lesson bc being with Joe was always so much fun! Joe taught so much more than tennis simply through his actions. He exuded kindness to people, joy for life and pride for his family. He made Willy’s a fun place-a better place! Joe went out of his way to help me when I needed a friendly face and always asked about how the kids were doing. We will miss him so much but we will hear his powerful, kind voice in the back of our minds, especially on the courts, forever!

Donna Dozier of Hyde Park, MA wrote:

My thoughts are with the Abbott family as you go through this challenging time. Just know all the fun loving memories you have of Joey will always keep him close. Love always, Donna Dozier

Nick and Pat Cruz of Hyannis wrote:

Dear Fran. Our prayers are with u and your family We remembered old times at your house and enjoyed going to Joe fish market

Harland of Brewster ma wrote:

Loved you joe-joe, joe the pro, from the moment I met you 10 years ago. You helped make my retirement special all because you were special. I’m so so sorry we lost you

Judi Pepper of Orleans. MA wrote:

Joe was a great man! Friend of many; spoke nicely to and of his many acquaintances. Always ready with a smile and a handshake. We’re feeling VERY sad at the loss of his presence. RIP Coach Abbot. John & Judi Pepper DeFusco.

Harland of Brewster,Ma wrote:

Loved you joe-joe, joe the pro from the moment I met you. You were special every day we were together. I’ve never known a kinder man. You have made my retirement so much fun. I am very very sorry

Bill Holcombe of East Sandwich MA wrote:

Joe always had a smile and warm word for everyone. Though I didn’t know him well, he was consistently personable, knowledgeable, and supportive with me.

Lynn Adams Kellett of East Dennis MA wrote:

Our sincerest sympathy to the Abbott family. We were fortunate to meet Joe at Sesuit tennis, and most recently coached our grandson at Willy’s.Joe was a wonderful person in every way. He was positive and pleasant... always so much fun. We are glad we had a chance to be his friends! Lynn and Jerry Kellett

Stephen & Paula Novak of Yarmouth Port Ma 02675 wrote:

Joe, God bless you always for your friendship, humor & being such a very caring individual. You made a difference in so many people's life's. We will miss you so very much. Peace & Love, Steve & Paula

susan woodbury CAiello of Liverpool wrote:

Francine I worked with Joe at Puritan years ago He was a great great guy!!! He was so fun to be around and always had a way to make me laugh!!! My thoughts are with you Susan

Andrea & Vennie of Hyannis wrote:

Francine and the Abbott Family.... We are so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. He was one of a kind and will be missed by everyone that knew him. We hope that the love of Family and Friends will confront and strengthen you in the days ahead..?Thinking of you and Sending Love ❤️ Andrea & Vennie

Meredith Pollard of Brewster, Mass. wrote:

We are simply two more people deeply saddened by Joe's passing. He taught us all , with great joy, how to be mindful each day and to enjoy our common humanity. Thank you Joe for being--we shall hold you dearly in our hearts and remember your infectious happiness. Love always, Joe Prevost and Meredith Pollard


Joe was always such a warm and caring person to everyone. When ever I played tennis at Willy's he would always great us with a big smile and always offer me great tips on how to improve my tennis game. He will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him..

Barbara LeClair of Cotuit, MA wrote:

Francine, I am so sorry for your loss. You always had live in your eyes whenever you were talking about him. Barb

Jeanne Cole of N. Eastham, MA wrote:

Joe was the finest man I have ever known. Kudos to his mom for raising such an amazing man. To Francine and his children and grandchildren: you have been blessed to have such an amazing man in your lives. Follow in his footsteps and share the love that he shared with everyone who came in to his life. We all felt we were the most important person around. That is truly a gift. Love, love, love goes out to each of you.

David Goldfisher of Eastham MA wrote:

My entire family loved Joseph with all our hearts. We knew Joe for 10 years through Willy’s and thought of him so fondly. His never ending optimism about life and good nature is getting too rare in today’s world. I will keep him close to heart and honor him in the future by trying to spread the joy he so religiously spread. The Goldfisher Family.

Brenda and Lenny of Harwich Ma 02645 wrote:

Even though our lives were separate in so many ways they were connected. When we were together during life events we felt so close to all of you and always felt like we were with family. Joe and Fran made it feel like that, Joe would kiss you like family, talk to you like family, cry with you about your problems like family, encourage you like family. He and all of you are our family and we love you, care about you, and will always be there for you. Love, Lenny and Brenda

Lois Wilkerson of Marstons Mills wrote:

I am so very sorry to hear about Joe. Praying for your family for God's comfort. I worked with Joe at Puritan Cape Cod and he brought us much joy. I saw him this past December at Ezra Baker school attending a program for our grandchildren and I'm so glad I got to talk to him. He will be greatly missed by many. One of the good ones.. He will never be forgotten.

Roberta Grossman of Hyannis MA wrote:

I worked at Puritan Clothing when Joe was there cheering up everyone. Also saw him weekly at the seafood market. Everyone loved Joe and will never forget him.

Karen, Dave and kids wrote:

Francine anf Family we were so sorry to learn of Joe's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very diifcult time. Please don't hesitate to ask if there is anything we can do to help. Karen, Dave, Cameron, Christopher and Carly

Jon hagenstein of Sandwich, MA wrote:

I met Joe when he was working at Bob Smith's in Boston, stringing racquets, and to my surprise, came upon him at Puritan's in Hyannis, doing the same. I'm happy to have known him as I did, and wish his family the best in this difficult time.

Esther DeMartin of Hyannis MA wrote:

Dear Francine and all the family I was so saddened to read about Joe's passing. He was a wonderful, dear man who brought joy and friendship to so many. You will all miss him so but, always remember all the great times. They will help comfort you at this sad time. My husband, Tom, will be one of many to greet him in heaven. Much love, Esther

Brenda Fernandez of South Dennis wrote:

My thoughts and prayers to you Francine and the entire family. May you find peace in the memories and the love you shared. Blessings and Love.

Jeffrey Brown of Warwick, RI wrote:

I first met Joe when I was playing in the New England Sectionals for USTA last summer. We chatted a bit, and I learned of his involvement with coaching a few teams that were appearing. I really enjoyed our conversation. I left with the impression that he was a fine person with great passion for what he did, and great compassion for those he worked with. I had actually looked forward to seeing him again at the latest tournament, but there was not Cape Cod team. To the entire family, I extend my deepest condolences.

Tammy Goldfisher wrote:

Joe was one of my favorite people on this earth; I loved him dearly. I met him at Willy's Gym many many years ago. we were great friends and I could always count on Joe for a big smile, a booming laugh and at least one good 'tease" every time I saw him. Joe was an angel put on earth to make others feel better about themselves and he embodied a tremendous and genuine love of people. He loved all people even the difficult ones. (which I was not, by the way...) Joe gave me lessons for eternity and spent last summer teaching me the proper serving motion, the exact one that his coach taught him and that he spent every day perfecting. He said, it was the same motion "Pete Sampras" used. He started by asking me to throw the ball over the net like a pitcher and then howled and said, "See now you know how to serve." We'd talk strategy about tennis and closer to my heart, about what it took to be a good person. He watched my children, Elizaveta and Wyatt, grow up and could not have been more of a role model for them. My husband Dave got to know Joe better over the last several years and he thought the world of him. I do have to retell this story - About 5 years ago, my son's 12 year old best friend Jackson from what Joe would call "all white Dover MA" was visiting us in Eastham and taking a semi private lesson with my son. Joe was teaching of course. Joe used to like to shake everyones hand and introduce himself, quite assertively. When the young man shook Joe's hand rather limply, Joe bellowed " What's a matter you didn't expect to see a Black Man on Cape Cod".......The kid just stood there frozen until my son and Joe howled in laughter. I have so many memories of Joe, I really loved him and loved to hear about his kids and grandkids. But the one we talked about most was his love "Francine". He would tell me "Francine this, Francine that and I'd say "Joe, surprise that beautiful woman with some flowers." Francine, you lit up his world and kept him in line, allowing him to be that jovial friend to all of us. I missed the Celebration of Life as I was out of the country and I am heartbroken. Joe was my dear friend and one who I'll celebrate forever. I brought 3 stones home from Ireland - the largest of the rocks reminded me of the man Joe was, the smaller rock was me as his student and friend and my pursuit to see the world as Joe did and the middle size rock represented our friendship together. I will cherish every moment I spent with Joe. All my prayers and love, Tammy Goldfisher

Tom sullivan of Naperville, il wrote:

I knew joe from tennis which I played when I visited the Cape. He strjung my racquet on one occasion . Prior to Willy’s, the mid ape open was played on orleans courts. I also played at Willy’s where Joe was a coach. I’m sorry to hear of his death Tom Sullivan

Sharleen Soule of Brewster, MA wrote:

So devastated to hear about my friend Joe. He made going to Willy’s worthwhile. Joe loved talking about his family and his soulmate Francine. Heartfelt condolences to Francine and family. Joe was one of the good guys and exceptional person.

Jim thomas of Eastham, MA wrote:

Joe, I sure am going to miss your always smiling face and great sense of humor. I will always cherish our our friendship and your positive words of encouragement. My prayers are with your family. Fair winds and following seas. Your gym friend, Jim

Mike Peters of East Orleans Ma 02643 wrote:

Joe Abbott was my tennis guru for over 20 years . His patience , encouragement, sense of humor were indicative of his strong character and zest for life. Hard to believe such a dynamic , resourceful man is gone . Rest In Peace Joe , you will always be missed . Mike Peters

Tanzerious Anderson of Boston, MA wrote:

Thank you Uncle Joe for always making your home feel like my own. It was in your house where your unwavering acceptance provided me with the courage to be my true self. You have been many things to many people. But, the one thing you have always been is a good man. That was best of all. I LOVE YOU UNCLE JOE. Your nephew, Tee-tee. 8-11-2019

Ellen Sucatre of EASTHAM wrote:

The passing of Joe has left a big hole in our tennis lives. Please show you appreciation of this one of kind human being by going to and donate. Blessings to the family and all of who will keep his spirit alive.

Joanne wise of Lincoln wrote:

I met Joe just last year at the Willys' round robins but I will miss him dearly. What an amazing human! I will miss his laughter, good nature and sense of fun. There was never a dull moment with Joe on the court. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Janet Bush of East Orleans, MA wrote:

I knew Joe for years through Willy's. So many fun round robins and clinics -- a terrific teacher, but even more, a radiant human being. He was loved by all as he could light up your day with his sense of fun, his hearty laugh or "OMG: ringing down the courts. Kind, funny, smart and just a very wonderful person. My sympathy to all of Joe's family.

Cheryl Ward of Dorchester, MA wrote:

My Deepest Sympathy, Cheryl & Family. The loss of your presence to your family is breath taken, but it's worst for me, I'm sorry that I never got a chance to meet you. After reading the beautiful heart felt feelings people wrote about you, I know I missed a lot.

Carole Coyne-Watkins of GREENSBORO, NC 27406 wrote:

I will certainly miss my cousin Joey. We used to keep in touch via phone and I used to visit him when I visited the Cape. He was a joy to be around. I admired the way he took care of his mother Beverly (my first cousin). RIP