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Nicholas Abbott, 82, a retired postal worker and former dance instructor, died Tuesday (Oct. 23, 2001) in Delaware Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.

Born in Hornell, Abbott attended Hornell High School, then served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces.

After his military service, he settled in Buffalo, then moved to Clarence in the late 1960s. He worked as a distribution clerk at the Main Post Office at 1200 William St. from 1959 until his retirement in 1979. He then moved to Amherst.

In his spare time, Abbott was an Arthur Murray dance instructor. He also enjoyed swimming, playing cards, bowling, golfing, reading and crossword puzzles.

Abbott is survived by his wife, the former Mary Roberta Stevens; four daughters, Kathleen Athans of Amherst, Judith Athans and Karen Quon, both of Honolulu, and Mary Simmers of Oceanside, Calif.; two sons, David Wilson of Palo Alto, Calif., and James Athans of Canton, Ohio; a brother, Edward of Cheektowaga; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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