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Shorty Abbenante
  • September 08, 1938
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  • November 15, 2018

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Shorty Abbenante, 80, of Dunnellon, FL passed away November 15, 2018.  Born in Providence, RI, he came to this area in 2010 from South Carolina.  He was a retired truck driver and Protestant by faith.  Shorty enjoyed dogs, horses and rodeos and used to bull ride many years ago.  He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie; daughters, Sandy Lee Abbenante of Homestead, FL and Shirey Sickle of Marathon, FL; sister, Helen Pongetti of New Haven, CT; brother, Raymond Abbenante of Belvediere, IL and a grandson Eddie May of Inverness, FL.  Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funerals & Cremations 11250 SW 93rd Ct. Rd. Ocala, FL 352-236-7813.


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  1. 29 Nov 2018
    Unknown says:
    Dearest Shirey,
    We are thinking of you and sending prayers and love to you and all your family.
    May the peace of our Lord be with you.
    Your Dad is now never more than a whisper away.

  2. 26 Nov 2018
    Janis Neff lit a candle:
    Lit since November 26, 2018 at 11:44:00 PM

  3. 26 Nov 2018
    Stephanie Steoberl lit a candle:
    Lit since November 26, 2018 at 11:47:15 AM

  4. 24 Nov 2018
    Janis Neff says:
    I will miss your Stories & Smart Ass Remarks, you could always make me laugh. You were very giving & caring to people & animals. I'm so glad we got to visit & say our Good Byes. Debbie will be fine, she just needs to learn how to live without you & get use to you only being in her Heart. I know you have peace now. Ride Free my Friend.

  5. 23 Nov 2018
    Linda abbenante kreager lit a candle:
    Lit since November 23, 2018 at 11:08:00 PM

  6. 22 Nov 2018
    Jane & Phil Bellomy lit a candle:
    Lit since November 22, 2018 at 11:45:50 AM

  7. 20 Nov 2018
    Debbie Abbenante posted an image:
    Back in the saddle again and riding up in the Heavens.  <br />
Wait for me and we can then have our ride together into the sunset.  <br />
Love You.
    Back in the saddle again and riding up in the Heavens.
    Wait for me and we can then have our ride together into the sunset.
    Love You.

  8. 20 Nov 2018
    Dorothy lit a candle:
    Lit since November 20, 2018 at 11:39:50 AM

  9. 20 Nov 2018
    Shirey posted an image:
    My dad , my sister and I
    My dad , my sister and I

  10. 20 Nov 2018
    Janice M Phipps lit a candle:
    Lit since November 20, 2018 at 11:21:04 AM

  11. 20 Nov 2018
    Janice M Phipps lit a candle:
    Lit since November 20, 2018 at 11:20:09 AM

  12. 19 Nov 2018
    Theresa Cooper lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:14:08 PM

  13. 19 Nov 2018
    Shirey posted an image:
    My Beautiful Dad my sister and I love you dad So much dad u where the best dad ever ❤️
    My Beautiful Dad my sister and I love you dad So much dad u where the best dad ever ❤️

  14. 19 Nov 2018
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    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:48:14 PM

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    Doreen & Mike Igoe lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:32:26 PM

  16. 19 Nov 2018
    Lynn lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:52:53 PM

  17. 19 Nov 2018
    Diana and Bob Joned says:
    Dearest Shorty
    Been a pleasure having you for a brother in law, the stories you could tell, the jokes that had us laughing, gonna miss that, but be at peace knowing Debbie is going be okay, she’s hurting now but she is strong and you know that, keep a watchful eye on her
    Till we meet again

  18. 19 Nov 2018
    Barbara and Allan jones says:
    God took you too soon, Shorty, but only HE knew how ill you were. No more suffering and may you forever be at peace. Shorty, you may be gone but certainly not forgotten. We will think of you often and will all meet again. Love , Barbara and Allan

  19. 19 Nov 2018
    Barbara and Allan jones says:
    God took you too soon but only HE knew how ill you were.No more suffering and may you forever be at peace. Shorty, you may be gone, but not forgotten. We will think of you often. We will meet again some day. Love Barbara and Allan

  20. 19 Nov 2018
    Edward May jr posted an image:
    Me and my grandpa my best friend the coolest easygoing laid back down  earth funny caring loving respectful man and a wise ass too we always had joke's or some wise ass sarcastic joke we would say to each other i looked up to him when I was little when I grew up he had to look up at me because I was taller then him i had to look down at his short butt even knowing I had look down at him i stilled looked up to him i wish I could be half the man he was everyone who met him liked and respected him because he was a real honest man that his word n good ole fashion hand shake was how business deals where done he ain't take shit from anyone he always stood up for his family and friends he wasn't scared of anything he would help anyone that he could or at least try to loved n enjoyed helping animals that where abused and mistreated and unwanted animals of all kinds I have helped him out with many animals i going to miss him and his wise ass joke's and his sarcastic comments and his story's about the different types of  interesting good people who he met the different places he been to things that he did as a kid and the mistakes he made as a man the stories he would tell me about the good n bad stuff and the trouble that him and his brother's would get into how they would drive my great grandfather crazy how life was hard at times but yet simple life and how spend a dollar at the store and get a basket full of stuff he was truly a original strong tough ole wise guy he was my best friend role model i loved him with all my heart I'm glad that he was my grandpa n best friend it was truly a honor for me to have him in my life for as long has did from a boy then as a man I'm thankful and grateful that he was in my life for the first thirty-eight years of my life he was there when mom pushed me out into the world from my first breath of life he was there for me i was his first and only grandson I'm glad that he was my grandpa best friend role model and mentor it was hard for me at times because I wanted him to proud of me and happy that i was his grandson i wanted people to know just form hearing  his voice and the smile on his face that the people that talk about me to could hear how proud he was of me in his voice and his smile I'm honored that i was his grandson and best friend i know there where time's i disappointed him with some of things that I did in life he was still there for me to talk to about the things i was dealing with in my life I'm grateful for my grandpa to ride with me through my wild crazy life the ups and downs the good times and bad times I'm thankful for him i wouldn't want anyone else to ride with me at time of my crazy nutty life because my grandpa was roughest toughest strongest never scared of anything or anyone he might have been short don't his size fool we knew people i know that I'm glad that he was my best friend and my grandpa i hope i can be half the man you were in life  he was dam near a midget he was larger than life itself i know that he i learned a lot from him i for a fact that he wasn't scared of anything not even death or dying i seen that for myself he was so tough that when I seen him in the hospital last Saturday knowing that he was battling with the C.O.P.D he still was joking and bull shiting with me like nothing was wrong    I'm glad that he was my grandpa and my best friend teacher role model and he was the toughest coolest short wise ass old man i knew and I'm proud to say that he was my grandpa when i visited him at the hospices on his last night in this life he told me don't cry or worry about him that he was going to just fine that everything is going to be alright don't cry or be sad about him going to next life because he was ready to go the upper room celebrate his life my grandpa was a strong tough man be even on his so called death bed he was so cool clam and collected i was wondering if he has done this before the words he spoke to me and what he said gives someone like me hope with a past like me that there is something of a after life he told the life choice i made that brought me to the west side of FL to start over with a new life that's going to better then the one I just left and that we will see each other again when i go to the upper room i just need him and all the family members who went to the upper room put in a good word for me i know that my great uncle Louie Abbenante was a great man that had all the right connections with the right people that make things happen Louie abbenante was by far my favorite great uncle i learned a lot  of good stuff that was very good to know very useful in my past life think you uncle louie you can always bribe ole saint pete or whoever is guarding the pearly Gates in the upper room my grandpa was the most coolest,toughest good ole man I knew R.I.P old man I'm glad that you where my grandpa I wouldn't had  to know that I have the same blood as my grandpa who was a tough strong respected good man i wouldn't had it any other way It was a great honor having him in my life i will never forget him or what i learned from him I will miss his short funny wise ass and will always love him and when I hear people talk about him i will let them know with great pride and honor that he was my grandpa and i will see him again when it's time for me to check out of this life and check in to the upper room
    Me and my grandpa my best friend the coolest easygoing laid back down earth funny caring loving respectful man and a wise ass too we always had joke's or some wise ass sarcastic joke we would say to each other i looked up to him when I was little when I grew up he had to look up at me because I was taller then him i had to look down at his short butt even knowing I had look down at him i stilled looked up to him i wish I could be half the man he was everyone who met him liked and respected him because he was a real honest man that his word n good ole fashion hand shake was how business deals where done he ain't take shit from anyone he always stood up for his family and friends he wasn't scared of anything he would help anyone that he could or at least try to loved n enjoyed helping animals that where abused and mistreated and unwanted animals of all kinds I have helped him out with many animals i going to miss him and his wise ass joke's and his sarcastic comments and his story's about the different types of interesting good people who he met the different places he been to things that he did as a kid and the mistakes he made as a man the stories he would tell me about the good n bad stuff and the trouble that him and his brother's would get into how they would drive my great grandfather crazy how life was hard at times but yet simple life and how spend a dollar at the store and get a basket full of stuff he was truly a original strong tough ole wise guy he was my best friend role model i loved him with all my heart I'm glad that he was my grandpa n best friend it was truly a honor for me to have him in my life for as long has did from a boy then as a man I'm thankful and grateful that he was in my life for the first thirty-eight years of my life he was there when mom pushed me out into the world from my first breath of life he was there for me i was his first and only grandson I'm glad that he was my grandpa best friend role model and mentor it was hard for me at times because I wanted him to proud of me and happy that i was his grandson i wanted people to know just form hearing his voice and the smile on his face that the people that talk about me to could hear how proud he was of me in his voice and his smile I'm honored that i was his grandson and best friend i know there where time's i disappointed him with some of things that I did in life he was still there for me to talk to about the things i was dealing with in my life I'm grateful for my grandpa to ride with me through my wild crazy life the ups and downs the good times and bad times I'm thankful for him i wouldn't want anyone else to ride with me at time of my crazy nutty life because my grandpa was roughest toughest strongest never scared of anything or anyone he might have been short don't his size fool we knew people i know that I'm glad that he was my best friend and my grandpa i hope i can be half the man you were in life he was dam near a midget he was larger than life itself i know that he i learned a lot from him i for a fact that he wasn't scared of anything not even death or dying i seen that for myself he was so tough that when I seen him in the hospital last Saturday knowing that he was battling with the C.O.P.D he still was joking and bull shiting with me like nothing was wrong I'm glad that he was my grandpa and my best friend teacher role model and he was the toughest coolest short wise ass old man i knew and I'm proud to say that he was my grandpa when i visited him at the hospices on his last night in this life he told me don't cry or worry about him that he was going to just fine that everything is going to be alright don't cry or be sad about him going to next life because he was ready to go the upper room celebrate his life my grandpa was a strong tough man be even on his so called death bed he was so cool clam and collected i was wondering if he has done this before the words he spoke to me and what he said gives someone like me hope with a past like me that there is something of a after life he told the life choice i made that brought me to the west side of FL to start over with a new life that's going to better then the one I just left and that we will see each other again when i go to the upper room i just need him and all the family members who went to the upper room put in a good word for me i know that my great uncle Louie Abbenante was a great man that had all the right connections with the right people that make things happen Louie abbenante was by far my favorite great uncle i learned a lot of good stuff that was very good to know very useful in my past life think you uncle louie you can always bribe ole saint pete or whoever is guarding the pearly Gates in the upper room my grandpa was the most coolest,toughest good ole man I knew R.I.P old man I'm glad that you where my grandpa I wouldn't had to know that I have the same blood as my grandpa who was a tough strong respected good man i wouldn't had it any other way It was a great honor having him in my life i will never forget him or what i learned from him I will miss his short funny wise ass and will always love him and when I hear people talk about him i will let them know with great pride and honor that he was my grandpa and i will see him again when it's time for me to check out of this life and check in to the upper room

  21. 19 Nov 2018
    Jan and Gary Abraham says:
    Thinking of you in these very hard times,

  22. 19 Nov 2018
    Connie Dominy lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:31:31 PM

  23. 19 Nov 2018
    Helen Pongetti says:
    I will miss u brother. I love u❤️
    Ray

  24. 19 Nov 2018
    Helen Pongetti says:
    Shorty,
    I will miss talking to u twice a day. U had to go before me. Why?
    I will miss u until we meet again . Love u,
    Your sister
    Helen

  25. 19 Nov 2018
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    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:38:21 PM

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    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:37:51 PM

  27. 19 Nov 2018
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    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:15:40 PM

  28. 19 Nov 2018
    Sandy Abbenante lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:13:51 PM

  29. 19 Nov 2018
    Russell Sickle lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:55:51 PM

  30. 19 Nov 2018
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    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:54:22 PM

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    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:49:22 PM

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    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:47:37 PM

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    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:46:03 PM

  34. 19 Nov 2018
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    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:42:07 PM

  35. 19 Nov 2018
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    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:38:58 PM

  36. 19 Nov 2018
    Tana Holderbaum (Wynwoods Shelties) lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:34:20 PM

  37. 19 Nov 2018
    Linda Merck says:
    Shorty, you were a true friend. We were blessed to have known you. Enjoyed every visit when you came in. We also appreciated your business very much. It is rare to have met such a friendly person whom made our day when you came in. We will both miss you and Roger said he has lost a best friend. Gone but not forgotten, you are in our hearts and our prayers for Debbie's journey without you.
    Love you, your friends Roger and Linda

  38. 19 Nov 2018
    Diana Pounds lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:31:47 PM

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    Diana Jones lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:26:26 PM

  40. 19 Nov 2018
    Linda Culpepper says:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  41. 19 Nov 2018
    Shelly Dabbs lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:24:17 PM

  42. 19 Nov 2018
    Shirey Sickle says:
    I going to miss you so much dad but I know that you are at peace now I love you so much ❤️❤️

  43. 19 Nov 2018
    Shrey Sickle lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:20:27 PM

  44. 19 Nov 2018
    Debbie Abbenante says:
    You were the love of my life. I loved you with all my heart, through thick and thin, we stayed together. We were one heart bond together forever.
    I love and miss you and so do the fur kids. I know you are around me and you are now my guardian angel. Please wait for me, we will be together once again.
    I am sure you are surrounded by all of our animals that passed on.
    I will always love you and my heart is broken.
    Love,
    Debbie

  45. 19 Nov 2018
    Debbie Abbenante lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:09:43 PM

  46. 19 Nov 2018
    Debbie Abbenante posted an image:
    our wedding day.  May 23, 1998  the happiest day of our lives.
    our wedding day. May 23, 1998 the happiest day of our lives.

  47. 19 Nov 2018
    Debbie Abbenante lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:06:33 PM

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