100 Friends Honor Director Abbott At Birthday Fete
Public Works Director Abbott had a birthday Thursday and more than 100 of his friends and associates helped him celebrate it at a surprise dinner.
In response to praise for his accomplishments, Abbott attributed much of his success to support of those “on the other side of the tracks,” as he phrased it. Abbott lauded his fifth ward neighbors for having supported him since his first election in 1939.
Anthony M. Lario, city prosecutor, was toastmaster at the affair held in Vasco’s, Third and Pine Streets.
Among those who spoke as friends of Abbott were former Freeholder Thomas C. Schneider; former Prosecutor Gene R. Mariano, Alfred A. Zimmerman, president of Camden Council 10, New Jersey Civil Service Association; Detectives Harry Tracy and Joseph Mardino, Police Sergeant Anthony Skolski, Richard Troncone, Michael Tomasetti, Deniel Galasso and Frank H. Ryan, Courier-Post editor.
Among other guests were Mrs. Lena Rago, who serves on the Democratic county committee with Abbott representing the fifth ward; Mrs. Abbott, Joseph Webster, Camden restaurateur; Ventorino Francesconi, deputy health director; former Deputy Sheriff Dominick Lombardo and Water Superintendent Edward Sheehan. Professor Gerald Fitzgibbon, widely known hypnotist, entertained.