I miss you Dad.
You were the best thing that every happened to me.
We lived the American Dream!
We had two wonderful children that we could be proud of.
Our daughter gave us a special grandson, your buddy.
You added onto our East Drive house and made me a beautiful sewing room
And sew I did!
You promised me a Rose Garden and you designed it and planted it for me
and we enjoyed it together.
You played beautiful music on the piano for me.
We traveled the highways and biways.
We had 56 great years together and then it was your turn to leave me.
And now, I'm making you a Memory Garden, you're in my heart forever,
you'll not be forgotten.
Some thoughts about our special friend....
Jack had many amazing attributes. He was extremely intelligent, had a witty sense of humor, was self taught to play the piano, loved his family, cared about people, and would gladly give a helping hand. What comes to mind at this writing is his generosity.
We first met Jack and Dian at church. We each had a 6-month-old son - they had Charlie, we had Mark. One Saturday they invited us over to their house for Dian's homemade pizza, and we have been friends ever since. By the way, Charlie and Mark are 55 years old now!
One example of Jack's generosity is when our son, Mark, graduated from high school, we as a family drove to Disneyland. Along the way Art developed a severe blood clot in his leg which landed him in a Los Angeles hospital for 15 days in very serious condition. Jack and Dian insisted that Jack fly down to LA and help Art fly home. As it turned out it wasn't necessary, but Jack was right there to help if we needed him.
Another time, our youngest son Scott was starting his last year of college and both he and Art lost their jobs that summer. Neither of them could find work as the economy was much the same as it is now...you couldn't buy a job. Jack was always a great believer in education, to go as far as you could go. Every college quarter, he and Dian faithfully helped Scott out financially so he could finish out the year and get his music teaching degree.
Everyone who knew Jack knew how much he was into computers. He used them, taught them, collected them, fixed and built them. He thought everyone should have one...NOT ME! I did not want one, but after awhile, with Jack's urging, I started to show a little interest. Here came Jack and Dian with a "Jack Built" computer for me. He not only gave it to me, but set it up, spent many, many hours teaching me how to use it, and kept it in good running condition. Because of Jack, I love my computer! It's like a hobby to me and I would never part with it.
Jack was a patient, generous, and caring man. We are going to miss our great friend immensely.
There is not enough I can say about this man. Wonderful husband. Wonderful father. And a great friend. Always there to help in any way he could no matter what was asked of him. Some times you didn't even have to ask. He'd just show up. And he gave 100% every time. No questions asked. The most even tempered, easy going person I have ever met. Not sure I'll ever meet anyone like him again. Good luck on your next journey Jack. You will always be loved and missed by everyone who knew you. None of us were done with you yet Jack. Peace!
Just one more time Dad …
I want to go for a boat ride with you, we had so much fun on the water … even when the gear broke in the motor and we got pulled back to Mukilteo Beach by your friend from work. Or, all the times we went water skiing … you were so proud of me when I finally got up on one ski.
Just one more time Dad …
I want to see you in my rearview mirror as we race our cars through the country roads … or call you when the Spitfire leaves me along side of the road, I know you'll be right there to help me … and hear you say “that's my girl” when I pull a faster time than you running the auto slalom.
Just one more time Dad…
I want to sit at the dinner table and listen to you tell us a story or how something works, tell mom what a great job she did on dinner and get a great big hug when I leave to go home.
Just one more time Dad …
I want to hear you laugh out loud … play the piano … tell me I look pretty … drink coffee and eat another cookie … and tell me how your “asa-do-phis of the glevis” was acting up.
Just one more time Dad …
I want you help set up the family train set at Christmas time while wearing the locomotive hat and scarf … sing Happy Birthday to you … and wish you a Happy Father's Day.
I wasn't done with you yet … love you Dad.
Jack Adams was a one of a kind man. He and his wife Dian were such a caring couple, always made us feel welcome in their home. Jack was " Happy Jack." He was so fun to be with and was always willing to go where ever we asked him. Of course he was happy to get coffee and a cookie where ever he went. Jack was blessed with a wonderful family. You could feel their love for him before, during and after his passing. I'm sure he felt it also. We will miss him, but know he will be there with us in spirit as we go on our Monday night out, he will be watching us, waiting for Dian to bring his salad and coffee. Thanks for the good times and memories.
Dian and Family,
My condolences on your loss of Jack. Although I only met him a few times I really enjoyed his company and chatting with him. Shirley C. and I need your new address and phone number when you're feeling up to it. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss and you're in our thoughts.
Dian and Family
My deepest sympathy all for your loss. Went to school with you and Jack. Remember you both well with good memories. So sorry for your loss.
I love all off the photos! Oh Jack, what a wonderful man. He was always like a grandfather to me. Growing up, Jack and Dian lived right across the street and were always willing to have my brother Evan and I over. I have fond memories of looking at Jack's cars in the garage, always going over and asking what he was working on next. We have photos of me as a child after running over to Jack and Dian's house in my diapers and having them catch me and return me home. He was always a sweet, gentle man who will leave me with fond memories from my childhood. Jack you will always be in my memories! Sending the Adams family all of my love.
Dian, our love goes out to you and your family. We will always remember that wonderful smile of Jack's. We loved having you as neighbors and I hope you know that you can always call us if you ever need anything.
Russ and Carlie
I was fortunate to work with Jack at Everett for a few years before the mill closed. Lots of memories. Lots of fun.
He always spoke very lovingly of you and all of his family and I am sure they will be a grat strength to you at this sad time....my thoughts are with you.
A pressing family issue prevents me from attending the memorial service, but I wanted to let you know how much Jack meant to the engineering staff at the Kraft Mill. He always had that smile and a professional approach to all he did. My condolences on his passing and prayers for your family in thier loss.
so sorry, cannot imagine
What wonderful pictures!!! You two look so much alike...he looks so happy, carefree!! xoxoxo
Hi Charlie –
I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he's at peace now.
I also hope you're doing okay. Keep all your great memories of your dad's close.
All my love and prayers for you and your family.
Aloha - Janet
It's a sad day when we loose our father but sadder still is loosing them while they are still living. It is so hard to watch. My heart goes out to you and your family. I ran into your sister and"Iggy" in the cafeteria. Not sure how she recognized me in fat body, but she did. It was such a joy seeing Bryant all grown up. He is so handsome. His smiling eyes reminded me of you.
Dian, You and Jack were and are very special to us. We love you both and are very sorry for your loss. Love and God bless you and all of your family, Dave and Carol Sprague PS We have a lot of special memories.
Aunt Dian,Charlie and Cathy
we are so sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are
Trudy and Mike McGinty
I will remember Jack as a smart and funny man, I will miss him. You take care Diane.
Dearest Dian: We cherish the memories of fun times we shared with you & Jack in Exercise Class & when Jack & Rod would go out to lunch so we could go to Red Hats! Much Love to You!
Ann & Rod
I'm so sorry Charlie...
My condolences to you and Mike, and your family...
Thank you for your email...
My thoughts are with you...
What an amazing life and an amazing man. Now I have an idea of where your passion came from. How are you holding up? Let me know if there is absolutely anything you need.
As we have shared your joy Charlie & Mike...we now share your sorrow and pain.
We love you both...and if you need anything from us...please ask.
Denis & Leon
Love to you and Mike & family. Good memories and people live on forever and go with us everywhere. I still bring my mom (gone many years now) on many of my walks. I hope that this is the case in your relationship. Barb and Henry
Long...........time member of Tyee Jack Adams has been recalled to the factory where we all are made. He was a very special person in Tyee history and I for one will miss him and his Red TR 4A.
Dian: I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. It was a privilege to know him. He helped so much with whatever was needed in our computer department at Northshore Senior Center. His compassion and lack of ego were so inspiring---he was such a kind man! My heart goes out to your family at your loss.
Barbara Berry, retired from NSC