William (Bill) Horwood Abbott

July 7, 1946 to June 14, 2023


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Abbott on June 14, 2023 at the age of 76. 

Predeceased by his parents Baxter and Ivy Abbott, halfsiblings Gordon, Selina, and Greta; parents-in-law Willy and Mary Foss; brothers-in-law Ralph Foss, Jim Marsh, and George Oxford; and sister-in-law Lola Collins (Stewart).

Left with fond and loving memories his wife of 54 years Carolyn, children Karen Domino (Pat), Susan Starratt (Jeff); beloved grandchildren Morgan Domino (Matt McDonald), Benjamin Starratt, Natalie Starratt.  Bill will also be missed by the Baha’i community of St. John’s metro area, of which he was a devoted member for 43 years.

Born in Charlottetown, Bonavista Bay, Bill grew up playing and excelling at hockey.  He trained and became a journeyman mechanic, and later in life he re-trained for a job in technology, which became his passion.

Bill was a nature lover and enjoyed tending to his garden, going for nature walks with his family, and picking wild Newfoundland berries.  He was a great storyteller and loved to share his memories with his family and friends.  If he wasn’t outside, he could be found in his favourite chair with a cup of tea, homemade bun, and his word search puzzles.  He was an avid sports fan, especially the Habs.  He could be heard cheering for them, win or lose.

The family would like to thank the paramedics and the team at HSC for their kind service and compassion.

Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Saturday, June 17 from 11am-1pm.  Interment to follow in the Anglican Cemetery on Kenmount Road.

“Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.”  Bahá’u’lláh

Cheers, Bill



11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on June 17, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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Service of Committal

1:30pm, Saturday June 17th

Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road.


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I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Mom enjoyed being able to connect with him right before she passed away as well. Hugs and prayers to the family.

To Bill’s family,
I am just now learning of Bill’s passing. I have worked with Bill for several years and came to know him as a friend. I would like the family to know what a gentleman Bill was here at work. He was always helpful and cared about his work. I enjoyed every conversation with Bill, whether it be about work or sports. Bill was the kind of man that you enjoyed running into every day.

Bill genuinely cared about people and was very much cared about and appreciated here at OCIO.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I worked with him as Department of Health and later at the OCIO. He was always so friendly and whenever I saw him in the building, and we would have a quick chat. I remember him saying he was happy to be working in IT and that it was a lot easier on the body!! I will remember him as a gentle soul who was easy to be around and a pleasure to get to know. My condolences to his family. Rest Easy Bill.

I’m so sorry to hear of “Poppies” passing. Having worked with Bill since the late 90’s when we both started with Health and Community Services doing computer support, I have many fond memories as the laughter never ended, well except for the end of the hockey season when the Habs got knocked out again. One fond memory that really stands out is the day he announced that he was a Poppy. He was so proud, he was crying. God bless you Bill. You will be missed.

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I met Bill through my time at OCIO. We would have many a chat and a chuckle through the day. Bill was a really friendly guy and he was a pleasure to get to know.
God rest his soul and may he have a safe trip on his way to his Heavenly Home.

Randy Collins

Carolyn, Karen, Susan and family we are saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. We have many memories of Bill working lovingly in his garden and the many chats over the fence. There was no better neighbour.. Safe home Bill..

Carolyn & family, so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Boyne and Bill were good buddies. Sincere condolences. He was a very nice man. Aunt Ivy and Baxter will be so happy to meet him again. Hugs

Audrey & Selby -Port Blandford
(Boyne’s sister)

My condolences to his family and friends. I worked with Bill for many years at the OCIO. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by his OCIO friends.

So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I worked with Bill for many years at OCIO and we always had a good chat while waiting for the computer to do its thing.. I remember the lovely pictures of his grandkids on his desk and how he looked forward to going to visit them in Nova Scotia . He was such a nice person and a pleasure to work with. Hope your many happy memories of him will see you through this difficult time and keep him close to you!

To Bill’s family. My sincere condolences on your loss. I worked with Bill for many years in Government. He was always so kind and helpful. I enjoyed our chats

Very sad to hear this shocking news. He was a gentleman. We have so much good memories.
God bless his soul.
Carolyn and family please accept our condolences.
Sorry we can not be there .

I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a very kind man who spent much-appreciated time visiting my grandfather, Clarence Tiller, during his elderly years. Sending love to his family. His kindness won’t be forgotten.

Dear Carolyn,Susan ,Karen and family our condolences to you all . Bill was such a sweet and kind man he will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with him as he ascends into the Abha Kingdom . Garry and Cathy Davis

I am so saddened to hear that Bill has passed away. I worked with Bill at the OCIO for many years. Him being a Montreal fan and me being a Bruins fan we certainly did some teasing of each other through the years. Bill would make a couple of little comments if Montreal had beat Boston, but they were always soft and slight. He never wanted to offend you in anyway. He was such a soft and gentle personality. So easy to talk to and everyone liked Bill. For the people that worked with Bill here at the OCIO I am sure they will say the same thing.

Rest in Peace my friend .

Dearest Carolyn, Karen, Susan, and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. It has been many years since I last talked with Bill, but for me he will always be the embodiment of the counsel to possess “a pure, kindly, and radiant heart”. I will pray for the progress of his soul, and the comfort of all who love him, and who will miss his wonderful presence.
All my love, and warmest hugs,

My condolences to Bill’s family and friends. I worked with Bill for many years and enjoyed his stories and sense of humor. He will be missed. Take care.

I don’t quite know what to say, Carolyn. Bill will be dearly missed. I won’t be over this shock for quite a while. Love, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Karen so very sorry to hear of your Dads sudden passing, you are in my thoughts and prayers, sending hugs to you and the family. 😔🙏🙏

Dearest Carolyn, Karen,, Susan and family.
We will definitely miss Bill as he winged his flight to the spiritual world. We will pray for the progress of his beloved soul in the realms above.
Ferdos , Troy, Sohaila and Layla

Susan, Karen Carolyn, our condolences to you & your family for the passing of Bill. It is so hard to loose a loved one which words cannot explain. Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. Hugs

Gerard & Debbie

Karen and family ,
We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I remember your speaking so highly of him and your mom. He will be greatly missed by all .