Solomon J. "Sam" Abdow

February 17, 1924December 7, 2011

Solomon J. “Sam” Abdow, 87, of the Fall River Jewish Home, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2011. He was the husband of the late Grace A. (Duffy) Abdow to whom he had been married for 59 years.

Born in Fall River, Sam was the son of the late Nahem and Mary (Doumite) Abdow. Mr. Abdow retired as a Textile Engraver from Universal Engraving in Providence, RI. Sam was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran of WWII and a Flight Engineer on the B-24 Liberator, holding the rank of Corporal. He was a member of the American Lebanese Veterans Association, S/Sgt. Philip Sabra Post. He was also a member of the Tiverton Rod and Gun Club for many years excelling in field archery. Sam held a single engine private pilot’s license and was an avid scale model airplane and jet builder. He was highly competitive in National Competitions in scale model airplane building and flying, receiving numerous awards and trophies. Sam was often featured in Model Aviation Magazines. In 1974, he built the only jet engine scale model in the United States. He was also a talented scrimshaw artist.

A lifelong resident of Fall River, he is survived by three sons Michael Abdow and his wife Lynn, Brian Abdow and his wife Cheryl and Kevin Abdow all of Fall River. He leaves a grandson Christopher Abdow and his wife Christine, and a step-grandson Keith Santos. He is also survived by a sister Mrs. Arthur (Shirley) Methe and a brother Dennis Abdow and his wife Connie all of Fall River and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Sam was also the brother of the late Mrs. Edgar (Freda) Stahl and Edmond and Dolor “Duke” Abdow.

Mr. Abdow’s family would like to gratefully acknowledge the entire staff of the Fall River Jewish Home for their exceptional and loving care, and a heartfelt thanks to Beacon Hospice.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 9am from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT CHERRY PLACE 178 Winter St., Fall River, followed by his funeral mass at 10am in St. Anthony of the Desert Church 300 North Eastern Ave., Fall River. Visiting hours will be Friday from 4 to 7pm. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fall River. For directions or to send a tribute visit:



  • Visitation Friday, December 9, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 10, 2011
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, December 10, 2011


  • Burial

Solomon J. "Sam" Abdow

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Mary Ann Duffy

December 19, 2011

Michael, Brian & Kevin,
You were blessed with the warmest and kindest parents to be had...your dad a shining example of someone with creative talent in his hands and a unique sweetness in his heart....May he and your very lovely mom be dancing in heaven...

Susan (Pavao) Fernandes

December 12, 2011

Kevin, I am sorry for the loss of your dad, sorry I could not make the wake, I was not feeling well. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your parents were such wonderful people and I guess you take after them. Take care and stay strong. Thinking of you with love and sympathy.

Tom and Betty Ferreira

December 10, 2011

To the family of our friend Sam, who we had the pleasure of playing for at the Fall River Jewish home on Sundays. Tom really enjoyed his stories of his days in the service. We will miss seeing his smiling face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Tom and Betty, Entertainers

December 10, 2011

My sympathies to the family. My parents, Fran and Adrien Potvin, were long time ago friends with your parents. I remember when they lived next door to Vaillancourt's Variety Store and going there to visit and see his scrimshaw work. As a Christmas gift one year, my parents bought me one of the bracelets your Dad had made - just beautiful. My Dad passed away some 15 years ago but Mom is now at the Catholic Memorial Home and will be 86 in February. I hope you have comfort in your wonderful memories.
Simone Potvin, Fall River, MA

nancy vezina

December 9, 2011

Michael,Kevin and Brian your dedication to your dad showed what a great person and dad SAM was.I will miss Ssm but also his loving sons.With DEEPEST Sympathy Nancy Vezina

December 9, 2011

Very sorry to hear of Sam's passing.Sam was a kind and gentle man,an epitome of what a human should be.

He will be missed,but never forgotten.
Our condolences go out to the entire Abdow family.
Ann & John Pieroni
The Villages,Fl.

Jane Pavao

December 9, 2011

Our condolences to your family. Sam was my Dad's roommate at the Fall River Jewish Home.(Joe Pavao)What a wonderful, kind man he was, and so very fortunate to have known him. He will be greatly missed. May he have a special place in heaven.

Paula Romines

December 9, 2011

I love you too Sam...I'll miss u and will cherish the funny memories. I hope the funny memories help your boys through this difficult time.. Huggs to you and Grace, Paula Romines

Peggy Guinen

December 8, 2011

My condolences to the family of Mr. Abdow. I knew him from the Johnson St/Beattie St area and via the Immaculate Conception Federal Credit Union. My mom worked with Grace, Sam's wife, at the old Arlans Department store many years ago. Peggy (Sullivan) Guinen

Sue Lincoln

December 8, 2011

Oh Sam. I am so glad I was able to see you before you left to be with Grace. I will miss you. My prayers are with you and your family. Say Hi to Grace for me.
Sue, one of your nurses.