Thomas ADAMS

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ADAMS, Thomas Edwin
It is with sadness that the family of Thomas Edwin (Ed) Adams announces his passing after a short illness in his 99th year on December 27, 2016 with his family at his side. Ed will be lovingly remembered by his son Clifford (Val) of Edmonton, daughter Janet (Michael Robertson) of Calgary, son Gordon (Zenovia) of Edmonton, and son Bill (Mary) of Victoria and by his five grandchildren David Adams, David (Summer) Robertson and Christine Robertson (Rod Schnell), Jonathon and Daniel Adams; three great-grandchildren, Cooper, Piper and Walker Robertson and numerous step- grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Ed was predeceased in January 2000 by his wife of 59 years Edith Mary (nee Jamieson); granddaughter Michelle Adams, brother Lawrence and sisters Gladys Davidson, Laura Hewitt, and Mildred Jones.
Ed, a native of Winnipeg, MB, was born July 24, 1918, the second of five children born to William John Lang Adams and Minnie Jane Thomson Muir. Ed had a profound interest in science and technology from a very early age and learned the fine art of model making and carpentry before starting a career with Canadian Airways Ltd. in 1939. As a teen he constructed a sailboat and an inboard mahogany runabout he named the Esquire. Ed enlisted in the military during WWII becoming a highly skilled marksman. His avionics skills and scientific background however led to a posting in Quebec City with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served as an air maintenance engineer specializing in navigation instrumentation. During his service with the R.C.A.F. Ed received a special citation for his development of a method of training pilots to fly in night time and blind flying conditions during the safety of daylight hours.
Ed married his Winnipeg sweetheart Dede Jamieson on October 14, 1941 at Chalmers United Church in Quebec City. Following the end of WWII, Ed returned to Canadian Airways and was immediately transferred to Edmonton. Within weeks of arriving, Ed took a chance and began Dominion Instruments, servicing a variety of photographic and industrial instrument applications and immediately became involved in the now growing oil service industry. During the polio epidemic in the 1950s, Ed invented a safety monitoring device for iron lungs, an innovation that was incorporated by the manufacturer of these medical devices. And in the 1960s, Ed developed pipeline custody transfer instrumentation as well as environmental monitoring instrumentation for the oil and gas industry. In 1976 Ed founded Athabasca Research Corporation Ltd. It was during this time that Ed became active in helping to establish an organized advanced technology community in Alberta. Ed's background in science and technology fostered his involvement as an invited speaker advocating for the advanced technology community. His advocacy helped lead to the creation of the Alberta Ministry of Technology, Research, and Telecommunications in November 1985. Ed will be remembered for developing the Vacutect process, a method for identifying leaks in underground hydrocarbon tanks, licensed under the trade name Tanknology around the world.
Ed did much to serve his home community of Edmonton. Shortly after arriving in Edmonton he became involved with Robertson-Wesley United Church and the Boy Scout movement where he served for twenty-five years as a scout leader later becoming president of the Edmonton Region of Scouts Canada. Ed will also be remembered for his love of flying. Ed held a private pilot's license and proudly flew his Cessna Cardinal "Zelda" for 20 years, a hobby he shared with his wife and son Cliff. In his later years Ed took an avid interest in painting especially appreciating subjects from nature and his family. Ed's last six years were spent at Laurier House Lynnwood where he was wonderfully cared for. The Family extends special thanks to Dr. R. Naiker, the care staff at Laurier House, and at the Misericordia Hospital. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ed's name to the Capital Care Foundation Laurier would be appreciated by the family.
Ed's was a life well lived. A drop-in celebration of his life will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Laurier House Lynnwood 16815 - 88 Ave.


Published in The Edmonton Journal from Dec. 31, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017
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