Charles Anthony Abraham

Date of Death

October 11, 2018

Charles Anthony Abraham, 67, suddenly passed away on October 11, 2018. Chuck, aka “the Gorilla,” was a fixture of the Santa Barbara art community for most of his life. He created stained and leaded glass windows for homes and churches throughout southern California. He also taught stained, leaded, and fused glass at Santa Barbara City College Adult Education for over thirty years. He designed, built, and donated works of art for many local charities throughout Santa Barbara. He also designed and built the award used by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation each year for decades, which was presented to a variety of notable people, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Noam Chomsky.

Chuck was a creative genius, a polymath, and an unconditionally kind and caring person.  He will be deeply missed by his wife Janna, his daughter Xia, and his son Sparky and daughter-in-law Kelsey Burdick. He will forever be in the hearts of his sisters Susie Patrich, Dana Monk, and Jennifer Abraham, with her husband Bill Taylor, along with his nephews, Christopher and Daniel.

A Celebration of Chuck’s life will be held on Sunday afternoon, November 25th.  Please join us in Morgan Hall of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4575 Auhay, Santa Barbara at 1pm for a service and lunch, and for continuing festivities at The Imperial, 320 S. Kellogg, Goleta. All are welcome. Gorilla Fizz will be served.


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