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Jack Abely, 78, Norwalk Publishing Executive

NORWALK, Conn. – John "Jack" K. Abely, 78, of Norwalk, died April 16 at Norwalk Hospital.

Born April 1, 1934, in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Joseph and Nora Coffey Abely. He graduated from Boston College in 1956 and was married to the late Ellen Clark Abely.

Abely spent many successful years as a magazine publishing executive and retired as president of Technical Publishing, a division of Dun and Bradstreet. He was also a longtime member of Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk.

He is survived by a son, John K. (Susan) Abely Jr. of Basking Ridge, N.J.; a daughter, Kristin A. (Thomas) Dolan of New Canaan; a brother, Joseph F. Abely Jr. of Sea Island, Ga.; and four grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Abely was predeceased by a daughter, Maryellen, on May 14, 1995.

A wake will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk. Burial will follow in Assumption-Greens Farms in Westport.

In addition to flowers, friends may make memorial donations to Sanctuary for Families, P.O. Box 1406, Wall Street Station, New York, NY 10268.

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