Anthony V. Abbate, 87, a barber for over 30 years who operated a shop at Fort Myer and later opened his own business on Georgia Avenue, died Thursday at Leland Memorial Hospital in Riverdale, following a heart attack.

Mr. Abbate was born in Messina, Italy, and came to Washington with his family in 1902. He attended schools here and during World War I joined the Army. He served in France for two years and in 1919, returned to Washington.

With his brother Joseph, he operated a barber shop at Fort Myer until 1932. He then opened Tony's Barber Shop on Georgia Avenue, which he operated for 26 years, until his retirement in 1958.

He was a member for over 50 years of local 239 of the Journeymen Barbers, Hairdressers Cosmetologists and Proprietors' International Union of America. Mr. Abbate also was a member of Walter Reed Post No. 284 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 30 years, and the Vincent B. Costello Post No. 15 of the American Legion for 52 years. t

He had been a resident of Chillum since 1960.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine F., and a son, Joseph A., of Chillum; a daughter, Josephine A. Murray of District Heights; two brothers, Charles, of Silver Hill, and John, of New Carrollton; a sister, Amelia Cornnell of Hillcrest Heights, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Heart Fund.