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SLEPIAN, Abraham

SLEPIAN - Abraham May 9, 2016, of Getzville, NY, husband of Joyce (Kushin) Slepian; father of Michael (Nanare), Ian (Beth), David (Marcie) and Rene;e (Jim Suminski) Slepian; grandfather of Rachel (Eric) Simpson, Adam (Lauren) Slepian, Zachary and Susannah Slepian; great-grandfather of Rebecca Simpson and Siena Slepian, Benjamin Simpson and Kenley Slepian; brother of the late Samuel and Dr. Alexander Slepian; brother-in-law of Richard Elsner; also survived by nephews. Funeral Services Sunday at 2 PM at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL LLC, 281 Dodge Rd., Getzville. No prior visitations. Abraham was a deeply introspective, thoughtful and inquisitive man, with a dictionary and thesaurus always within reach. His love for language and the power of the pen was demonstrated by his reluctance to write with anything other than a fine tipped fountain pen. He possessed an intellectual sense of humor, often applying it to his superb stone animal sculptures, born in part from his deep love for "all of God's creatures". Abraham's studies of mechanical and engineering drawing lead to his love for painting, and many of his works grace his home and those of his cherished family. Even as a boy, selling cucumbers with his father Isaac and brothers Sam and Alex, Abraham developed a strong work ethic. Rather than simply working hard, he believed in the promise of good, honest work, performed efficiently. "Live so you can hold your head high" was his guiding principle. After graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Abraham worked as a quality control supervisor at a defense plant in Elmira, NY. Though he could have spent the Second World War in the safety and comfort of the United States, he chose to enlist in the United States Army Air Force. After receiving officer's training at Yale University, Abraham was off to Europe, spending several years making the best of often miserable field conditions and tent living. In England, France, Denmark and Belgium he directed the maintenance and repair of American bombers and fighter planes. Relying on common sense and his mechanical skills, he often improvised unorthodox repair methods to "get the job done." The infamous Battle of the Bulge was seared in his memory, as he often described hearing American and German shells flying overhead. Abraham treated the soldiers under his command with dignity and respect. Returning home after the war, Abraham continued to build a reputation for integrity and decency in business and throughout the community, even initiating the first campaign to purchase protective vests for the Buffalo Police. An unwavering sense of morality served Abraham well throughout his successful life and career. He managed the family owned Petroleum Sales and Service with devout honesty and respect for all people, without regard for their station in life. In testament to this quality, professional truck drivers were known to visit Abraham at the Ohio Street truck stop, even after they had retired. He particularly enjoyed sailing, fearlessly soloing his own sailboat on Florida's Lake Worth. He cherished the memory of an extended sailing trip from Ocean City, New Jersey to Rhode Island, passing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbor, as he had done decades earlier, during his family's escape from Russia. Abraham always demonstrated great pride and thankfulness for the United States of America. Although he could fix almost any device, Abraham once said he did not want to be remembered as "a mechanic." More than that, he was an artist, appreciating what is most beautiful in life, deeply devoted
to his dear family, teaching courtesy and respect, common sense and confidence, leadership and love for life. In lieu of flowers, Abraham requested donations be made to the SPCA or an animal charity of your choice. Family guestbook available at Arrangements entrusted to AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, LLC.

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