Abbott Walter Dressler

DATELINE: Providence, RI / Jupiter, FL

Dressler, Abbott Walter, 77, of Providence & Jupiter, FL, died Sunday, November 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis (Bernstein) Dressler for 56 years. Born in Providence, a son of the late Joseph and Sarah (Weisman) Dressler, He was a resident of both Providence, RI and Jupiter, FL. Abbott was an owner and president of the former Colfax Inc. for many years until his retirement in 1999. He was a graduate of Providence Country Day School and the University of Miami, where he was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity. Abbott was a past president of AFOA, past master of Redwood Lodge of the Masons, past chairman of Israel Bonds, an alumnus of Leadership RI, a member of Temple Beth-El and its Brotherhood and a member of Admirals Cove and Ledgemont Country Clubs. He was also past president of Admirals Cove Property Owners Association. He was proud to be a Cohein. Devoted father of Sherri Dressler Klein and her husband, Gary, Gary Dressler and his wife, Susan, and Larry Dressler and his wife, Amy, all of Cranston. Dear brother of the late Maurice and Sidney Dressler and Joan Abrams. Loving grandfather of Joshua, Jared, Scott and Ross. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Avenue, Providence. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to your favorite charity. Shiva will be observed at the home of Gary and Sherri Klein, Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 and Friday 2-4 p.m. at 11 West Blue Ridge Rd., Cranston, RI.


  1. Paul Enos
    Nov 18, 2014

    Sherri and Gary I am so sory to here of your dads passing he was a graet man and he will be miss. I had a graet time working at colfax with you and your dad. R.I.P Abbott.

  2. Barbara Amber Sc hwartz
    Nov 18, 2014

    Dear Phyllis and family,
    I was sad to read ab nout the passinnnng of yur beloved husban,Abbot.My deepest sympathy to you and your children,My youngest son,Stev en,went to the HDS with Sherri.Abbot was a sweet man and will be missed
    Barbara Amber Schwartz

  3. Doris and Marvin Greenberg
    Nov 18, 2014

    How sorry we were to hear about the Passing of Abbott.

    So many great memories over the years and such a wonderful guy always with a great smile

    Our sincere condolences to Phyllis and the children

    Soris and Marvin

  4. Freddie Silva
    Nov 18, 2014

    Gary Larry and Sherri i am so sorry and sad to read news that you’re
    Father had passed . I started my working life with you’re family and
    have lot of great memories of all you guy’s i thank the Dressler family
    share you’re pain. God Bless.

  5. Martha Warburton Brough
    Nov 19, 2014

    My condolences Sherri and Gary, my dad always spoke so highly of Abbott.

  6. Dan & Lynda Wilkes
    Nov 19, 2014

    We were very sad to learn of Abbott’s passing. When we became residents of Admirals Cove, he welcomed us and we shared people we knew in common from Providence. Over the past seven years, he was always a friendly neighbor and we extend our condolences to his wife and family.

  7. Ilene Cohen
    Nov 20, 2014

    Dear Phyllis and Family,
    Our Admirals Cove Family lost a wonderful friend. He tried to enjoy life to the end. He will be missed but not forgotten.
    Ilene and Larry Cohen

  8. Maddy and Joe Litow
    Nov 23, 2014

    I am so saddened. He was a Mensch. I will never forget him.

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