GAYSVILLE — A musical Celebration of Life is planned for April 28 at 1 p.m. at the North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock for Alexander Matthew Abraham, who passed away unexpectedly on March 30, 2018 at his home in Stockbridge.
His tender smile, dry humor and quiet strength, as well as his bass riffs will continue to resonate in all who knew and loved his gentle soul.
Alex was born in New York City and first days were spent on Staten Island. He moved with his family to Killington when he was a year old. He grew up skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of Killington, attended Sherburne Elementary School, the Upper Valley Waldorf School, Woodstock Middle School and graduated Woodstock Union High School in 2009.
His passion for music was ignited through the guidance he received from Michael Zoldas in Middle School where he developed a love of playing bass guitar and upright bass. Through high school Alex performed with the jazz band and concert Band. He was also a member of Yoh Theater Players where he worked behind the scenes until his senior year where he is remembered for skills in both acting and physical comedy.
Through high school he was a member of the Change the World Kids and participated in 2 trips to Costa Rica. There he helped plant trees to aid in restoration of deforested rainforest. He was captivated by Costa Rica’s natural wonders, and shared stories and photos upon his return of enormous spiders, colorful birds and the unusual wildlife. He was also deeply moved by the poverty he witnessed. It was, he said, a life changing experience.
After graduation Alex worked in property management and after a full day’s work he devoted his life to practicing both electric bass and upright bass. He toured throughout New England and the US with Bow Thayer. He was also a member of Oak Totem and the group AKA. He was known throughout central Vermont as a musician who could step in easily to fill in if a bass player was needed.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking with friends and had a particular affinity for animals and will be missed by many dogs for whom he was a beloved playmate. He was a regular participant in the Bridgewater Raft Race. Alex was loved by many, a special brotherhood of friends surrounded him, he was a loving son and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Alex is survived by his mother, Barbara Abraham of Woodstock; his father, Timothy Abraham of Rutland; his aunt and uncle, Georgette and Bart Giuffre from Howell, New Jersey; and two cousins Rose Ellen Gibson from Freehold, New Jersey and Alyssa Severns from Baltimore, Maryland. He is also survived by Barbara and Ray Foley, Galin Foley, Ian Foley and Caitlyn Foley who cared for him as a son and brother.
He was predeceased by his brother Ryan.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to The Alex Abraham Musical Excellence Scholarship at Woodstock High School. Checks may be made payable to: Woodstock Union High School, Memo: Alex Abraham Scholarship Fund, and sent to: Woodstock Union High School, Attention: Jane Flynn, 100 Amsden Way, Woodstock, 05091.
Arrangements are being made by the Cabot Funeral Home. An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com
This obituary will also appear in the April 12, 2018 edition of the Vermont Standard.
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