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Matthew Gilbert

Abigael Chagnon Gilbert

December 22, 1986 - May 09, 2021

While we wait for Covid restrictions to relax, please use this memorial page to share memories and photos to help us celebrate Abby's life. En attendant que les restrictions de Covid se relâchent, merci d'utiliser cette page commémorative pour partager des souvenirs et des photos afin de nous aider à...  see more

OBITUARY
No space is sufficient to begin to summarize everything Abby meant to me and how much she enriched life, so instead I'd like to share a story that makes me smile.   Abby made me laugh a lot.  Usually it was something small and silly, a rude question in a funny voice or a crass comment at a fancy dinner.  At parties and museums, she often lamented my inability to gossip in French.  I still think that would have eventually gotten us in...  see more
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  • Veronique Chagnon-Burke
    My sister Sophie wrote this beautiful text which is such vivide portrait of who Abby was .
    Voilà, nous y voilà Abby, tous rassemblés en ton nom, famille, amis,
    absents unis par la pensée, pour célébrer ta mémoire, et te dire combien
    tu nous...  more
  • Veronique Chagnon-Burke
    My cousin Caroline Balvay made two lovely watercolors, my sister Sophie read a beautiful text she had prepared, our good friend Jeanne read a poem, my nephew Eliot created a beautiful slide show and we played the moving interpretation of Amazing Grace by...  more
  • Veronique Chagnon-Burke
    On October 2nd, we gathered to celebrate Abby's memory, we took a journey on the Seine in a bateau-mouche. We shared some many memories and we knew that all over the world, friends and family were thinking about her.
  • Amanda Wilson
    I am so saddened by the loss of my dear friend Abby. She was my first friend in high school (Notre Dame) because alphabetically, we were kind of forced to. How lucky was I to have such a sweet, quirky friend to be able to share the first year of high...  more
  • Matthew Gilbert
    Hello everyone,
    After a lot of consideration Abby's family and I have decided to cancel the Michigan memorial service. Instead we will host a remembrance next year in New York around the anniversary of Abby's passing, details will be forthcoming. Thank...  more
  • sophie gentet
    Abby,
    Je me souviens, Abby, de la joie qui envahie la maison à l’annonce de ton arrivée au monde, de ce moment de grâce qui suspend toutes les émotions et convulse les cœurs.
    Je me souviens, Abby, de l’excitation, de l’incroyable énergie que...  more
  • sophie gentet
  • Jackie Ndebeka
    Maybe one day I'll know what to write here but until that happens I share a photo at Jasmine Nears' bachelorette party where Abby recognized Jesse Jackson Jr at the spa and had to get a picture with his particularly gross feet. Elle va me manquer pour toujours
  • veronique burke
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    Abby's cousin Juliette Mabilat-Thiam sings Amazing Grace
  • veronique burke
    Some of the photos people shared with me when I was home: Abby with Mike and I in the parc de Saint-Cloud from my friend Jeanne Rigault, Abby's with her uncle's Fred double bass in the background, with her cousin Eliot and at her favorite type of lunch...  more
  • veronique burke
    03:11
    Juliette Amazing Graces
  • veronique burke
    After a wonderful and intense stay in Paris with my family, Abby's grandparents, aunts and uncles, her 3 cousins, old time friends who knew Abby since she was a baby, I come back with more photos. Thanking Xavier and Sophie for their beautiful...  more
  • Erin O'Connor
    Abby was one of the most special people in my life, with her happiness, goofiness and all around goodness being her defining qualities. I remember back to our time at Beloit together with fondness and cannot think of a better person to have spent such a...  more
  • Angie Bonilla
    Abby's kindness, her empathy, her silly goofy way of sharing that with all of us echoes in my brain when I feel worried or out of place. The way she would pop up with an "Oh! Well, we could do this, but, it's no big deal! We could also not do this!...  more
  • Angie Bonilla
  • Jasmine Nears
    I am sending all my love and condolences to Abby's family. Abby and I got to know each other during study abroad in Turkey. She was a gem, so much fun, so much laughter, so warm. Over the years we kept in touch. She was always there when you needed her....  more
  • Xavier Gentet
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    • Xavier Gentet
      Xavier Gentet a jamais dans mon cœur abby
      • June 26, 2021
    • Xavier Gentet
      Christopher Bivens I am saddened to hear of Abby passing. My deepest condolences to all her friends and family. I first met Abby through my job at the time collecting compost from the food pantry where Abby worked . I will always remember how Abby held such a welcoming...  more
      • August 7, 2021
  • veronique burke
    Art has been such a wonderful way to stay connected with Abigael.
  • veronique burke
    Following Matt's message, I wanted to thanks all of you who sent beautiful cards, delicious meals and flowers. Knowing that Abby meant so much to so many of you helps us going through this difficult moment. With much gratitude. Veronique and Michael
  • Jasmine Nears
  • Ally and Sean  Crudgington
    There are some people who bring such a light into the world that it remains there even after they are gone.

    Abigael Chagnon Gilbert was one of those people.

    I first met Abby as “the girlfriend” of one of Sean’s friends. She would soon become one...  more
  • Matthew Gilbert
    Thank you all for your kind words, flowers, meals, and donations. If anyone feels the need to further spoil Abby's family and I, please consider directing your generosity toward Hour Children (listed on the Giving page), or to any of the following...  more
  • Matthew Gilbert
    After initially deciding to elope, Abby and I eventually developed some pretty big plans, but ultimately decided to take advantage of ProjectCupid and get married on Zoom in a little cabin outside New Paltz, NY. This is one of our wedding photos, taken...  more