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1926 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Thomas Henderson Adam Obituary
Thomas Henderson Adam August 24, 1926 - May 13, 2012 Thomas Henderson Adam, born in a farmhouse in Madera, California on August 24, 1926 and died on May 13, 2012 after a long, debilitating struggle with COPD. Tom was a husband, father, "Cop", artist and great friend to many. He served his country in the Navy during World War II and continued that service as a Sergeant in the California Highway Patrol for 27 years and 4 months; working part time as a Sheriff's aid in Kern County after his retirement from the CHP. He was proud of his career as a highway patrolman and entertained many with his colorful stories. Tom's license plate on his car was his badge number "CHP1398". He had the highest esteem for his fellow officers in Kern County saying, "They were the finest men he has ever known". Tom was very generous to everyone he met, a kind and compassionate man. After living in Bakersfield, California for over 50 years, Tom moved with his wife, Patricia, to Diamond Springs, California in 2004 where he continued painting, receiving awards, and serving a term as president of the Diamond Springs Art Association. Many people are proud owners of his paintings of old cabins and barns. He leaves behind his beloved wife and fellow artist, Patricia Grogan, his precious 15 year old toy poodles Haley and Bebop; his son Sgt. Bill Adam (Mindy) of Bakersfield, CA; son Richard Adam (Denise) of Twin Falls, Idaho; son Tommy Adam (Debbie) of Hanford, Calif.; and daughter Barbara Frey (Rod) of Riverside, California. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, his stepdaughter Nicole Gauthier (Ken) of Shingle Springs, California. There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, May 27, 2012, noon to 4:00PM at the Lake Oaks Mobile Home Community Clubhouse located at 4280 Patterson Drive, Diamond Springs, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations to Snowline Hospice of 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, California, 95619 or The California Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) Widows and Orphans' Trust Fund of PO Box 161209, Sacramento, CA 95816-1209, would be appreciated."10-4" the Sergeant has left the building. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 23, 2012
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