Alan Nicolas Abramson

February 26, 1943February 26, 2017

Alan Abramson was born February 26, 1943 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He grew up in both Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canada, where he spent much time outdoors fishing and pursuing outdoor activities. Joining the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlander Regiment at 16 initiated his life-long interest in military history, as well as history in general. At 18, he moved to the US to attend college. Crewing on Alaskan fishing boats in the summers led to his life’s passion – owning and operating his own commercial fishing business. Alan and his wife Michelle purchased both a seine permit and set net permits with sites on the Kodiak Bear Refuge at the southwest corner of Kodiak Island. Alan and the family spent half of each year for 27 years fishing salmon and crab – both King and Dungeness. He built the family’s cabins in Moser Bay, enjoying the interesting and anachronistic life of making a living from the sea, and traveling only by seaplane, skiff or boat. The strong friendships forged then have lasted a lifetime. He partnered in a marine fabricating business in Portland, Oregon for several years, and built and ran vessels up to 65’ in length. With his wife and son, he traveled widely in Australia, India, Mexico, and Europe. Since 1990 he has resided in Corbett, Oregon, volunteering at several local 501(c)3’s. He was a member of the Columbia Grange #267, the Crown Point Country Historical Society, Banzai, and The Military Vehicle Collector’s Club of Oregon.

Survivors include his wife Michelle, son Gunnar, cousins David Lindsay, Don Abramson, Rick Abramson, and Heather Freeman and nephew Markus Abramson.

Donations in his name may be made to the Oregon Humane Society, Chintimini Wildlife Sanctuary, or the Crown Point Country Historical Society.


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Tac Foley

April 2, 2017

I met Alan, Michelle and Gunnar a few years back, after bringing him a rare item over from UK for his collection. In that brief afternoon meeting, we were all kindred spirits, united by our love of guns and shooting. We filled that time with stories, and tales, too, and it was a precious time, well-spent. Time spent with friends is never wasted, no matter how short it may be. Treasure it all - in the end, it really is all there is.

Dave Lindsay

March 22, 2017

Missing cousin Al continues to deepen as I reflect on the gift of out shared histories .
Much of my significant and difficult twists and turns of 'the journey' have been 'held' by Al, Michelle and Gunnar .
The earliest image of our beginnings together shows up in a picture taken of four of us ,Al and his brother Jan and my brother Don and I . There were significant gaps of being together as we moved and lived in different directions .The enriching gift of sharing life experiences came after mid life . There was a growing closer going through the losses of uncle Nick and aunt Babs passings ,Al's mom and dad .I have so much gratitude for the meaningful connections that followed over the years . One of the forever remembered
'wild' events shared was a river rafting
'event',including a vigorous water fights with the surrounding river rafts ! Happily there were a good number of significant celebration times shared !
Ah, yes Al, I will surely miss you .

Stephen Shiflett and Mrs. Arthur F. Shiflett

March 15, 2017

It was always a pleasure talking with Al because he had a wide range of interests and knowledge. More importantly he had a rare gift of attracting and holding your attention in any conversation. Selfishly, we will miss those conversations and so regret we didn't have more. Sharing in your sadness and loss.

March 10, 2017

Please accept my condolences. Please know that the God of comfort feels your pain and sorrow. He actually provides something better to look forward to. Jeremiah 29:11 specifically tells us God wants to give us a peaceful "future and hope." He promises in the near future all the pain and sorrow you are experiencing about your loss will be gone and we will be able to enjoy perfect life with all our loved ones.

Colleen & Frank Rentko

March 6, 2017

Al was a creative man who loved life. He was an ingenious inventor who could think outside the box and make what seemed impossible real. He shared a life of love and respect with Michelle and his son Gunnar and anyone who knew him could feel his devotion toward them. Frank, Paul, Katerina and I send our love and sympathy during this difficult time.

March 5, 2017

In every moment of our 44 years together, I knew Alan loved me - and our son - above everything. His support, constancy, and open affection were gifts beyond measure. Gunnar and I will always feel his hand on our shoulders and his warm pride that we three were a family.
-Michelle Abramson

Norm Maves

March 4, 2017

Al Abramson won the race. He chased his dreams down and built his life with his own two hands. The monument to his time here will be the secure, happy family he always wanted, all those boats bobbing around in the northern waters, and the triumph of having done it all his way. Goodbye, Captain Abramson. Wherever your boat is sailing right now, may the sun be above you and the wind be strong at your stern for the rest of time.

March 4, 2017

Al Abramson won the race. He chased his dreams, caught them and built his life with his own two hands. His monument is a secure and contented wife and son, all those boats bobbing around in the northern waters and the triumph of doing it all his way. Goodbye, Captain Abramson. Wherever you're sailing right now, may the waters be smooth and the wind at your back for the rest of time.

Camille Mulchi

March 4, 2017

Sending strength, grace, peace and tremendous LOVE to Michelle and Gunnar. Our hearts ache with you, on the profound loss of Al's physical presence in your lives. Given the tremendous depth and clarity of his bond with the two of you though, somehow I know his spirit will continue to be deeply felt by you both. I'm grateful to have been able to bear witness to such a beautifully connected family. We love you.

--Cami and family

Bill and Wendy Costello-Krakauer

March 4, 2017

We offer our condolences to Michelle and Gunnar for their tremendous loss of a loving husband and devoted father. Al will live on in our memories and our lives are richer because of those memories.
Love Bill and Wendy