May 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Angelo Abate, Florida

Angelo Abate: Former Trenton police chief was caring, involved

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Angelo Abate, a former Trenton police chief, was concerned about the well being of young people who had brushes with the law.

He encouraged them to get their life back on track, sometimes recommending them for jobs or recruitment in the armed services.

“He knew they were headed in the wrong direction,” said his wife, Joyce Abate. “He took an interest in that way.”

Mr. Abate, a longtime Trenton resident, died May 18, 2014, at Cornerstone Hospice in Florida. He was 86.

Mr. Abate was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Italy. His family came to the United States when Mr. Abate was a boy and resided in Milwaukee.

Mr. Abate left high school when he was 17 to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard and served in the South Pacific during World War II.

When Mr. Abate left the service, he joined his mother and stepfather in Trenton. He met his wife while completing high school at A.E. High School, now known as Riverview High School. They were married in 1951 and had a son and daughter.

In 1952, Mr. Abate joined the Trenton Police Department and worked his way up the ranks, serving as deputy police chief for nine years and police chief for more than eight years, his wife said. He retired after serving 32 years with the force.

Mr. Abate was a member of the local Rotary Club, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and the Downriver Coalition of Police Chiefs, said Joyce Abate. He also enjoyed sports and excelled at golf and bowling.

“He enjoyed being with people,” Joyce Abate said. “He had been involved with so many different groups throughout his life.”

The couple were longtime members of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Trenton and were among the first members in the 1950s. They maintained homes in both Michigan and Florida.

Joyce Abate said she will remember her husband as a good person.

“He always tried to do the right thing in life,” she said. “It might not have been the most popular thing, but he always tried to do the right thing. He was a very compassionate person.”

Mr. Abate is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Kireny Abate; daugther and son-in-law Kimberly and Steven Sieglar; and two granddaughters.

The family is holding services this week in Florida.

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