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FERLAND BERNARD ADAMS - VERGENNES - Ferland Bernard Adams, 96, died peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Green Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Colchester. He was born June 21, 1917, in his grandparent's home, on Foote Street in Middlebury, the son of Harold and Corintha (Ferland) Adams. As a child, he resided in Alburg, later moving to Middlebury. He was a graduate at Middlebury High School in 1935. He served in U.S. Army Air Corps as a master sergeant during World War II, attached to the 339th Fighter-Bomber Group as a radar/radio operator serving in World War II in Holland, England, Germany, and in other European Countries. He was part of the Battle of the Bulge. From 1930 to 1946 he worked at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield. He married Marie Elizabeth Roscoe on April 12, 1942, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Vergennes. They resided in Vergennes for the rest of their lives. He worked at Simmonds Precision Products in Vergennes from 1946 to 1965 as a manufacturing supervisor. In 1965, he began working directing the inspection of microscopic parts for IBM in Essex Junction, retiring in 1981. He had many hobbies, interests, and activities such as playing cards, pool and gambling. He loved riding bikes and picnics with his family. Ferland was well known in town for his impeccable lawn and the care of his property. Ferland was a great cook. He enjoyed having a bottle of Budweiser at the American Legion and the local Eagles club. He was well-known for driving around Vergennes in his black Mercury until the age of 95. Ferland loved aircraft; he enjoyed watching airplanes come and go from the Burlington International Airport with his family. He was a member and devoted parishioner at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Vergennes. He was a 50 year honorary member of American Legion Post # 14 in Vergennes and he was a member of Eagles Club in Vergennes. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Marie Elizabeth Roscoe Adams, on Nov. 21, 1990; she remains the angel in all of our lives. Ferland is survived by his children, June Adams Fiske and her former husband, Kirk Fiske, Peter and Marianne Adams, Mary Jane and Mike Stone, Lori (Adams) Fetters, and Betsy and Jeffrey Ouellette; his grandchildren, Lisa (Fiske) and Patrick Shaw, Kim Fiske and Gary Gawor, Chad and Mikkelyn, Johnna and Leah Adams, Erika (Dugan) and Joseph C. Hart, Adam Dugan, Stephanie Dugan, Seth Stone, Marie and Roy Fetters, and Jason, Matthew and Jacob Ouellette; his great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Kimberly Shaw, Maelin Gawor, and Elijah, Eliana and Eva Adams; his great-great-grandchild, Cailyn (Shaw) Clark; his brothers, Paul and George "Bill" Adams; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Ferland loved animals all of his life. He especially loved his Belgian Shepard, "Twight" and his black cat, "Baby Cat." He was also predeceased by his granddaughter, Heidi Jo Adams; in-laws, Charles and Julia (Blair) Roscoe; and sisters-in-law, Frances "Franny" Adams and Joan (Bull) Adams. Special thanks to all the neighbors on East Street and School Street for their watchful eye over Ferland; the extended family of George and Mary Ouellette; the staff at Green Mountain Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center; the staff and parishioners St. Peter's Catholic Church; his primary physicians; Vergennes City Police Department and the Town Clerk's Office; and the patience of the community for tolerating his driving around town illegally in his large black Mercury. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 Noon on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Middlebury. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753; or American Legion Post #14, 100 Armory Lane, Vergennes, VT 05491, to benefit the scholarship fund.

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Brown-McClay Funeral Homes Inc.
48 South Maple Street Vergennes, VT 05491
(802) 877-3321
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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2013
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