Richard J. Abdill, 85, active in banking community

Richard J. Abdill
Richard J. Abdill
Posted: January 22, 2014

Richard J. Abdill, 85, who retired in January 1990 as an executive vice president of United Jersey Bank in Cherry Hill, died of complications from cancer on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Masonic Home of New Jersey in Burlington Township.

At the time of his retirement, Mr. Abdill was lauded by Gary F. Simmerman, president and chief operating officer of United Jersey Bank. Mr. Abdill was a valuable asset in the banking community, Simmerman said, and "his expertise will be greatly missed."

Born in Mount Holly, Mr. Abdill graduated in 1946 from Wilbur Watts High School in Burlington City and attended evening classes at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Abdill began his banking career in 1949 with the Burlington Bank & Trust Co., his son, Richard Jr., said.

He was a former president and chief executive officer of United Jersey Bank/Fidelity Bank, formerly Fidelity Bank & Trust Co. of New Jersey.

Mr. Abdill was a member of the board of directors for the Library Company of Burlington for more than 50 years. For a time, he was its treasurer.

He was a board member of the Home for Aged Women and the Burlington County Historical Society.

At the Presbyterian Church of Burlington, Mr. Abdill was treasurer from the 1950s into the 2000s, as well as a ruling elder and a deacon.

He was a past president of the Burlington County Bankers Association, vice chairman of the Joint Burlington Economic Corp., and a director of the South Jersey chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

A lifetime member of the Beverly Road Fire Company, he was a Mason, an Elk, and a member of the Rotary Club of Burlington.

Besides his son, Mr. Abdill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sally; son Peter; daughter Kathy Mesmer; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A visitation was set from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Presbyterian Church of Burlington, 300 Mill Rd., Burlington, N.J. 08016, before an 11 a.m. funeral service there, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burlington.

Donations may be sent to the church at the above address.

Condolences may be offered to the family at

610-313-8134 @WNaedele


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