A former Concord Sunset League pitching star and a member of a famous Concord hockey team, the "Sacred Hearts," Karl S. "Red" Adams, 92, died late Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at his home in Concord.
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Adams was a lifelong resident of Concord and a graduate of Concord High School, class of 1939. In retirement, he spent much time at his Moultonborough Neck home on Lake Winnipesaukee.
He was a conservationist, avid hunter and fisherman. He grew up across the street from White Park in Concord where he learned to skate when the Concord Police arranged a youth hockey league. At the University of New Hampshire he set a record he held with Ken McKinnon for two hat tricks (six goals) in one game. As a pitcher for the UNH baseball team, he was a key player when the team swept a double header from the University of Connecticut to win the New England College Baseball Championship in the early 1940s.
His college career was interrupted with Army duty at Ft. Lee, Va., but he returned to UNH and graduated with a degree in Geology. He worked for the Public Service Company of New Hampshire as a transmission construction superintendent until he retired in 1983.
In 1952 he was a member of the Sacred Hearts, an amateur hockey team renowned throughout New England for a seldom-blemished record when it took on the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team on its way to Oslo where it won a Silver Medal. Adams scored the first two goals for the Sacred Hearts which led after two periods by two goals. Eventually the U.S. team won 8-6 as its four-line crew finally wore down the Concord team. Adams was enshrined in the New Hampshire Hockey Legends Hall of Fame in 2011.
Adams was the son of Karl and Anna Adams who lived on Beacon Street. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty' Donovan, a longtime teacher at the Walker School, who died in 2011. Red Adams leaves a son, Karl, also of Concord; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews from New Hampshire to Virginia and many friends in Concord and throughout New Hampshire.
Graveside services will held Saturday, Sept. 28, at 9 a.m. at Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord.
A celebration of his life will occur at his Moultonborough home at a date to be named next summer.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at bennettfuneral.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Sept. 27, 2013