DOVER - Charles F. McAdams, 79, of Dover, NH, died on February 6, 2014.
Born in Falmouth, Mass., on May 18, 1934, he was the youngest son of Herbert M. McAdams and Gertrude M. (Davis) McAdams. He attended local schools in Falmouth and graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1956. He was a licensed Third Mate in the Merchant Marine and commissioned as Ensign in the U.S. Navy
. He served on numerous ships and commands during the next twenty-one years. Some of his assignments included Deep Sea Diving, U.S. Naval War College, Advisor to Vietnamese Navy, Executive Officer USS Capricurnus (LKA-5), and Staff, Commander Service Force U.S. Pacific Fleet.
After retirement from the U.S. Navy in 1977, he embarked on a second career managing major overhauls of various U.S. Navy Ships and the deactivation of various U.S. Navy Combat Ships.
He often reminisced of many happy, wonderful times he enjoyed helping to raise his three daughters at the various locations the Navy assigned him to i.e., Castine, Maine, Newport, R.I., Norfolk, Va, Honolulu, HI, Sasebo, Japan, and San Diego, Calif.
Chuck actively enjoyed wood carving, acrylic and watercolor painting, gardening, fly-fishing, traveling and cooking.
He enjoyed his home and worked hard to maintain his yard and gardens to be an area that showed pride in displaying the American Flag.
He loved all sports, but his New England Patriots were his favorite. Chuck was a member of the Military Officer's Association of America, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Alumni Association, American Legion (Post #8 Dover, NH) and The Veterans of Foreign War. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dover, N.H.
He was predeceased by his wife of 25 years, Vernelle (Mays) McAdams of Roanoke, Va, and sisters, Mary (McAdams) Dowd of North Long Beach, Calif., and Kathleen McAdams of Falmouth. He is survived by his loving wife Carol (Fonseca) McAdams whom he married March 8, 1977; three daughters Laura McAdams of Topsham, Maine, Alison Pearson and her husband Mark of Phoenix, Ariz., and Elizabeth McAdams and her husband Paul Whithouse of Brunswick, Maine, three stepsons, Thomas Henrique of Falmouth, Mass., Christopher Henrique and wife Genevieve of East Falmouth, Mass., and Scott Henrique of Charlotte, N.C.; five sisters, Marion Beauregard of Lakeville, Mass., Christine Harrington of Carver, Mass., Margaret Duffany of E. Falmouth, Mass., and Mildred Betts of Rochester, N.H; five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, February 11 at the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth Center from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Patrick's Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Chuck's memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or www.woundedwarrior.org.
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