Obituary: Jesse FH Abbott


Jesse FH Abbott

SCARBOROUGH – Jesse Franklin Hakes Abbott, 65, passed away peacefully at home on November 21, 2021. He was born on April 10, 1956 in Louisville, KY. Jesse attended Louisville Country Day and graduated from Milton Academy and Connecticut College. After college, Jesse took the opportunity to travel to Europe with his grandmother, and what started as a three month trip ended in three years of travels around the world that would shape him in the future Up in Louisville, Jesse made the long trip to Maine each summer to the small coastal community of Prouts Neck, where both good friends and his love for the sea had developed. Sailing in Saco Bay became a passion for him and something he would enjoy for the rest of his life. Maine was a special place for Jesse, and upon his return from his adventures, he moved to the Portland area in 1983, where he says, “I could go sailing and skiing!” Jesse started real estate shortly after moving to Maine, where he met his wife Jennifer while he was taking pictures of an ad. They married in 1987 and their son Bradley was born in 1989. Living in Higgins Beach, skiing in Sugarloaf, while continuing to enjoy sailing and golf in Prouts, enabled Jesse to achieve his goals when he moved to Maine. He never lost his wanderlust, which led to fishing trips to Patagonia and visits to his friends Patty and Audie on his favorite Hawaiian island of Kauai. Jesse began his career in Louisville as a partner in a woodworking company, his first entrepreneurship. After transitioning from residential to commercial real estate, he started an electronic security company, Advance Technology Inc., in 1994, combining his knowledge of construction, real estate and an interest in helping people protect their investments. ATI grew and prospered until it was sold in 2018, and Jesse poured his energies into commercial real estate development company 43North, which he and son Bradley founded in 2015 to turn antiquated buildings into modern, productive spaces. Jesse and Bradley spent over a year working together on their final project, renovating a warehouse in Sanford, before leasing it to a large local company. In 2006, Jesse found his lifelong passion after buying a 200 acre farm in Romehich that once belonged to Jen’s grandparents. Lake Shore Farm fulfilled his vision of living on the land and working the land by planting an old maple grove to make syrup, harvesting wood for the construction of outbuildings on the property, creating ski and bike paths, and revitalizing the old apple orchard and grew vegetables. The fact that it was on a lake made the property perfect for both summer and winter recreation. Another test of Jesse’s goal of becoming Mainer, Jesse had a lot of fun looking after people, be they friends or family, coworkers in the security industry, or just anyone who went to the farm. He enjoyed teaching them how to drive a tractor, move earth, pick apples, or make maple syrup so that he could pass on his vast knowledge of agriculture and life. He especially enjoyed sitting with people, talking about business, and sharing his thoughts on how they could succeed with their own dreams. Jesse was always there for the people he loved, to help and support them as best he could. Jesse died from mother, Caroline Moore, stepfather Condict, half-sister Aline Ybarra, and a close cousin, Mary Rodes Lannert, survived to his wife Jennifer from Scarborough, son Bradley and daughter-in-law Taylor from Portland. His sister Carrie Moore and husband Jim from New York, their children Emily (Jack), Catie (Sam) and Claire. His brother John from Florida, his stepsister Martha Bauer (Larry) and her son Silas (Andie) from Mass, his stepbrother Michael Moore (Robbie) from Minn and the children Dan (Maris), Lucy and Maggie (Matt). He also leaves behind the extended Jeff Bradley (Jessie) family from Vermont and the children Meridith (Max) and Eliza (Laura) and Chris Bradley (Matti) and the children Haven and Maggie from Belgrade. Jesse will be greatly missed by his longtime childhood friends, Franklin Starks (Hollis) of Louisville, KY, and Bucky Buckley (Linda) of Maine, as well as his very close college friends Steve James (Betsy) of Boston, Massachusetts, and Doug Haynes (Susan) of York. After all, Princess Rosie, Jesse and Jens’ rescue dog, will miss him dearly! The family would like to see Dr. We would like to thank Devon Evans of the New England Cancer Specialists and Compassus Hospice, particularly Benzy and Caroline. Memorial services are scheduled for spring at Louisville, KY, and Lake Shore Farm. The preparations are being made under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes. To view Jesse’s memorial page or to offer condolences online, please visit Trust97 Main StreetBelfast, ME 04915

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