James Stackpole Abeel

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James Stackpole Abeel

December 01, 1942 - October 27, 2018

James Stackpole Abeel Newburyport, MA - James Stackpole Abeel, 75 , died peacefully on Oct 27th, from the effects of Alzheimers.
Jim to his friends, Jimmy to his family, was a longtime resident of Plum Island. He came to Newburyport as a “cub” reporter for the Daily News; Manager of The Grog, private detective, and finally a therapist in the Massachusetts prison system for inmates struggling with substance abuse.
Born December 1st 1942 in Morristown, N.J. to Elizabeth Stackpole and Neilson Abeel; grandson of Nina and Neilson Abeel of Newark and Morristown, N.J. and Katherine and Lewis Stackpole of Boston and Mattapoisett. He attended Peck School, Morristown, graduated 1960 from The Forman School, Litchfield, Conn. and 1965 Hillsdale College, Michigan. He received his MA in Clinical Mental Health from Antioch University in 1990. He was descended, in both families, from early 17th Century immigrants to North America and notably, Oliver Wolcott, signer of the Declaration of Independence and in Newburyport his great-great-great-grandfather, Theophilus Parsons (1750-1813) first Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.
Predeceased by his sister, Daphne and his hound, George, he is survived by his brother, Neilson and Tori Bryer of Portland, Ore.; nephew, Neilson Jr.; niece, Maud and her partner, Stuart Knoop; grandnephews, Otis and Jasper, all of Brooklyn, NY.; first cousins, Lewis Stackpole and Cecily Billings Stack.
Jim was well regarded by his Newburyport friends even after his retirement move to Ajijic, Mexico.He would spend a month each August visiting and renewing the bonds of small town life. He had a passion for traveling to islands and was a devoted season ticket holder to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.His last years in assisted-living and nursing home facilities were eased by his special friends, Greg and Katherine Gendron and Will Rogers, without whose friendship and support, his life would have been far less comfortable.
Gone too soon, but never forgotten.
There will be a Remembrance on Friday April 26th 4 to 7 p.m. at The Plum Island Coffee Roasters.
Published on December 1, 2018
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Dean Peters
Dec 01, 2018
I worked with Jim at the Grog for a time in the 1980s and shared many a good laugh and a good time in his company. I live in Portland Oregon and I remember seeing him in Pioneer Place some years ago. I, and Newburyport, will miss him.