Robert William Abbate

September 22, 1958September 25, 2011

Robert William Abbate, 53, died on Sunday, September 25, 2011. He was born September 22, 1958 in Austin, Texas to Andre and Zella Abbate. Robert was confirmed at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. Robert graduated from Austin High School. Wishing to continue his education, he later pursued a degree, making the Dean’s List at the University of Texas and also Austin Community College. He received the AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors in 2006.

Robert owned/ managed rental properties for several years and was the owner of Austin Racecrafters. He was employed by Reinhart and Associates Incorportated, as the Senior Examination Specialist. He raced motorcycles, boats, pro-mod racecars, and loved to go fast! He also enjoyed archery, billiards, fishing, playing the guitar and the outdoors.

Robert is survived by his wife Terry and her children, Tiffany Chandler, Colton Bradley, and Jessica Bradley; two grandchildren, Kamryn and Devon Chandler; his loving mother Zella; and many wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his father Andre.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Robert’s life will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at one o’clock in the afternoon in the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North IH 35, Pflugerville, Texas 78660. The Reverend Robert McElwaine will officiate. Honorary pallbearers are Matt McKeown, John Hine, Danny Hazelwood and Colton Bradley.

If you would like to make contributions in Robert’s honor, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association.

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Ted Liles

October 9, 2011

The lump in my throat was to big for me to speak today at Robert's Memorial, though I wanted to, but I want to let his family and friends know how special he was to me. I met Robert when he enrolled in one of my welding classes at ACC a few years ago. He was very sharp, knew the right questions to ask (he liked the technical details which I love) and had an easy way about him. Robert helped me on a non-school welding instruction video project for several hours and days, not only running a camera, but he had imagination, and helped me greatly in getting the right presentation with many things. We had a lot of fun working together. I have known him professionally ever since. I will miss Robert and never forget him. I know you know what a good person he was, but it helps sometimes to hear from others and to me he was a special Man.
Ted Liles

Sue & Matt McKeown

October 5, 2011

Robert was one of the greatest friends and kindest souls I have had the Honor and Privilege to know. Robert has left us too soon and his passing leaves us with an emptiness in our hearts that only time and the Lord can remove. I will miss Robert all the rest of my days.

Sara Schuster

October 1, 2011

Words just can't say how I feel about the loss of my step-dad, my friend, Robert. The sadness is overwhelming at times, but with support, I am able to focus on the many special memories I hold dear. I never would have thought in a million years that he would depart from us so soon. My heart aches for all those who love and care for him. I pray that peace find its way to each of your hearts and souls. I will miss him always.