Donald F Abrams Sr.

August 6, 1932March 2, 2013

Donald F. Abrams, Sr., 80, of Surry, died Saturday evening, March 2, 2013, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by the love of his family, following a period of declining health.

He was born August 6, 1932 in Keene to the late James A. and Grace E. (Dunton) Abrams. Donald attended Keene schools where he excelled in sports. He also played baseball for The American Legion.

He married Avis M. Robinson in a ceremony at the Keene Church of Nazarene on May 12, 1951.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1953 aboard the Destroyer, USS Macon. In his youth he was an avid ski jumper and later served on the National Ski Patrol. Don enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling and vegetable gardening.

He was a longtime member and lay minister in the Church of the Nazarene and was instrumental in various ministries and outreach activities in his local church.

He retired in 1994 after 45 years with Arthur Whitcomb Inc. where he was employed as a loader operator and dispatcher.

Donald loved his family and took great joy in sharing in their lives. He is survived by his wife of 61 years: Avis M. Abrams of Surry; three sons: David and his wife Bonnie Abrams of Swanzey, Denis and his wife Patricia Abrams of Swanzey, Donald and his wife Iryna Abrams of Surry; two daughters: Jodi and her husband David Brooks of Surry and Joni and her husband Todd Johnson of Amherst, NH; his brother: Richard and his wife Yupa Abrams of Warner Robins, GA; as well as 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son: Dana M. Abrams and a brother: Roger “Whitey” A. Abrams.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10 AM at the Keene Church of the Nazarene. Calling hours will be held Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Fletcher Funeral Home. Burial will take place at the Mountain View Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Donald F. Abram’s name, to the Keene Church of the Nazarene, c/o Building Fund, 55 Maple Ave, Keene NH 03431

Fletcher Funeral Home & Cremation Services (, 33 Marlboro St., Keene has been entrusted with arrangements.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 8, 2013

Donald F Abrams Sr.

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March 25, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of the loss i have alot of great memories of Don and famliy growing up in surry Chip Wood

Diane Duhaime

March 16, 2013

Sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Tom Riordan

March 7, 2013

Dear Avis and Family,
I was so grieved when Julie told me about Don's going Home to Heaven! He was such a Wonderful Blessing and Encouragement to me and I always enjoyed the conversations he and I would have concerning God's Word. Although you are going through this time of sorrow now, our Lord Jesus Christ is coming again soon and we will be reunited with our loved ones; so may the Lord COMFORT you and fill your hearts with glorious and joyful anticipation.

Bonnie Abrams

March 7, 2013

My Father-in-law:
~~A man that loved God
~~A man that loved his family
~~A man that loved YOUR CHURCH
You will be dearly remembered and missed.

Judy Hardwick

March 6, 2013

Avis and family,

May the Lord hold you all extra close during this very difficult time. We are praying for all of youl. With deepest Sympathy.

Love In Christ, Bart and Judy (Fletcher) Hardwick

Marilyn Kelley

March 6, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of this gentle man. My heart goes out to his family. His life has impacted so many around him that his legacy will have a ripple effect for generations to come, and his loss will be deeply felt. I will never forget his warmth and love. He had a way of making everyone feel special. To Avis and his children, and grandchildren, you have been blessed to have this wonderful man love you, I am truly sorry for your loss.

Christopher Couture

March 6, 2013

i am so sorry to hear about Don's passing, he was so inspirational always had a smile on his face, we will sorely miss him.

from the: Couture Family

Joanne Goodnow

March 6, 2013

To Jodi,Joni,Julie,
My heart goes out to you all. Losing some one so close is so difficult. He will be close to you at all times inspirit. God bless you all
Hugs,Joanne Jelley Goodnow
Swanzey NH

Doug & Carolyn Boyle

March 6, 2013

In the loss of Don we have not only lost a true friend and brother but we have lost a Spiritual Giant whose legacy will live on for eternity.Although our hearts are sad we rejoice in knowing that he is now at the Feet of Jesus asking questions and sharing his life experiences with his Mentor, Father and Savior. Don, we shall miss you; but, we are excited for that day when we shall Behold Him and find you there with your arms extended. Love to you, Doug and Carolyn Boyle

Scott & Darla Sprague

March 6, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. He will be forever remembered in our hearts and lives. God Bless and we think of you all often.