John Bell Abbott

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of John, our loving son, uncle, nephew, godfather, friend.

John slipped into eternal rest on July 26, while in the care of TMC Hospice, Peppi’s House, in Tucson. The son of Robert P. Abbott and Barbara L. Hall Abbott, of Double Adobe. Born in Alpine, Texas, his family moved to Casa Grande, Phoenix, Tolleson, Douglas and eventually settled in Double Adobe, Arizona. He attended the Double Adobe Elementary school in McNeal, until high school, where he attended Douglas High School, Class of 1995. He had a variety of careers; Club bouncer, bartender, insurance underwriter, youth mentor with Phoenix Pride LGBT Center, an avid supporter of The Ryan White Foundation and Bisbee Pride. John loved life, his dogs, loved to cook, music, scary movies, Mexican food. He loved his family, blood or not. He was a friend to anyone he met. He was loving, thoughtful and deeply caring. John enjoyed staying up until wee hours talking and laughing. Beloved son of Barbara, brother of Kathleen (Robert) Brightwell, uncle of Sharleen and Delaney Brightwell, godfather of Peyton and Leah Gonzalez, nephew of Robert, Clint, David, Doris and Becky Hall.

At 10 years old, John met his best friend, Tammy (Huish) Gonzalez. The two were inseparable. Tammy cared for John the last eight months of his life, she was with him until the very end. Preceded in death by his grandparents, V.T and Mary Abbott and Horace and Bessie Hall, his father Robert “Bob” Abbott, brother Worth Annunziato and niece Emily Brightwell. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at TMC, Gayle, Rebecca, Nicole and Grace at Peppi’s House for their excellent care of John, the last week of his life, and Tammy for her unconditional love and care of John. Flowers or donations can be sent to Peppi’s House, or The Ryan White Foundation, in Memory of John B. Abbott.

A memorial service is pending.

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