FLORENCE - George Adams Jr., 76, of Florence, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at his home. He was born in Northampton on July 15, 1940, to the late George and Marion (Starkus) Adams, Sr.
George had attended Northampton schools and graduated from Northampton High School. He then went on to receive his associate degree at The Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He was a member of Northampton Lodge B.P.O.E. #997, and the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation.
George was a wild child, adorned with baby blues eyes that could melt the ice off the coldest of hearts, a smile that was as infectious as the latest strand of flu virus and a beard that either belonged to Charlie Daniels or Santa Claus at some point. George could usually be found in one of three places - the corner recliner of the farm house, riding his big red tractor (Sorry John Deere), or on one of a dozen local bar stools drinking an ice-free Diet Coke and playing at least five games of Keno, usually more. George was never one without words nor one to mix them, though they were often inappropriate and usually had nothing to do with the subject at hand, but no one seemed to mind; that was just the way George spoke. For those of us who really knew George, we are expecting him to return any day, now; he had survived so many previous brushes with the Grim Reaper that many of us thought they were one and the same.
George's family extends far beyond just the immediate ones listed below. He opened his heart like the doors of a dog shelter, pulling in stray people from all walks of life and straightening them out (if that's what you would like to call it). Many of them have continued to visit him throughout their lives, telling the tales of his life to their children (no sense of destroying just one generation of youth). It is hard to believe that grumpy old man sitting at the front of the greenhouse will no longer be with us, but thank goodness because he was blocking the door. Unlike his heart, which finally gave up on him, those of us who loved him will never forget him or the hole he has left in our hearts.
He is survived by his loving brothers Richard and his wife Brenda Filena of Easthampton; Sam and his wife Karen Mandeville of Florence; and Charles of Easthampton; his nephews Daniel, Samuel, Jr., Jason, and Thomas Adams; his nieces Laurena Mott and Tracie Rojas; great-nieces and nephews Joey, Chris, Lauren, Addison, Brian, Cordelia Adams, James and Avery Mott.
Calling hours will be Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Road, in Northampton. A memorial service for George will begin at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the: Agriculture Department, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton, MA 01060, or in memory of George to: Stockbridge School of Agriculture, 208 Paige Laboratory, 161 Holdsworth Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9286.
Drozdal Funeral Home
120 Damon Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 9, 2017