Edwin Gregory Abate, D.D.S.
Edwin Gregory Abate, D.D.S.
  • January 9, 1933 - December 8, 2017
  • San Jose, California

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Edwin Gregory Abate, D.D.S, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 8, 2017.
Ed was born in San Jose (CA), the elder son of Richard Abate and Vivian Panopulos Abate. Growing up in a modest family, Ed's early years included being an altar boy at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, working at his mother's coffee shop and spending his summers working at Falstaff Brewery.
Upon graduation from Bellarmine College Preparatory, Ed attended Santa Clara University, earning a B.S. in Biology (1954). He went on to Saint Louis University, graduating in 1958 with a D.D.S., and was recognized for his scholastic excellence in Operative Dentistry, earning the Mosby Scholarship Book Award. While in dental school, he met and married the love of his life, Judith (Stengel).
Ed enjoyed every minute of his 55-year dental practice in San Jose and cared tremendously for his patients, devoted staff and colleagues. Throughout his dental career, which started in Guam while serving in the U.S. Navy, Ed pursued advanced professional development, specializing in reconstructive and neuromuscular dentistry, successfully helping many patients with temporal mandibular jaw pain. Ed was a member of the Santa Clara County Dental Society, serving as President from 1978-1979.
Ed and Judy were devoted to nurturing a loving family. He had great love of supporting his four sons in all of their endeavors. He pursued his passion for auto racing by becoming an amateur sports car road racer, winning the SCCA National Championship in 1977 and competing at the 24 Heures du Mans in France. He also enjoyed the mellower things in life-cruising in his boat, building a garden railroad and planting flowers at his Monte Sereno home.
More than anything else, Ed maintained that his success was through hard work and grit. Among many other things, Ed was blessed with incredible determination and a keen eye for detail.
Ed is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judy. Ed was a very committed father to sons Ed Jr. (Pauline), Gregory, Martin and Chris. He was a proud Papa to his grandchildren, Emilie, Abbey, Oliver, Evan, Michael and Audrey. He is also survived by his brother and best friend, Richard Abate Jr. Ed was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and a friend to all.
Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Mass celebrating Ed's life to be held at Bellarmine College Preparatory (Leontyne Chapel) in San Jose on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 12pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to a charity of your choice. Interment private.

Arrangements under the direction of Willow Glen Funeral Home, San Jose, CA.