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James Campbell ADAMS Jr.

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ADAMS, James Campbell, Jr. James Campbell Adams, Jr., 82, of Glastonbury, CT, husband of Jane S. Adams, passed away peacefully Thursday, (May 13, 2010). Born on July 14, 1927, in Boston, son of the late James Campbell Adams and Burnetta Elizabeth (Mutch) Adams, he grew up in Hingham and Cohasset. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1950 with a degree in Forestry. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and a proud member of Maine's Varsity Football Team, who spent one memorable summer fighting forest fires in the western states. He was a life-long Red Sox fan - the Red Sox's two World Series victories brought him immense joy and pride. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, who traveled extensively to wild rivers in Canada and the northern U.S. He especially enjoyed fishing for Atlantic Salmon. He was also a skilled hunter, who frequented the family camp in Maine and in later years took more local outings accompanied by his beloved Brittany Spaniel, Squire. Other hobbies included vegetable gardening, going on day trips with his beloved wife Jane, and spending time with their many friends and family. He loved family gatherings, including the ten years of family reunions at the Salem Crofts Inn. In his early years, he coached Pop Warner football, Little League, and attended all his kids' matches and performances. He loved attending Glastonbury High Football games, even when his children had moved on. He had a love of history and reading and liked to talk about the stories of the day with his family and friends. Jay was the second generation of Adams' to join Warren Trask Company, following his father in the wholesale lumber business in 1951. He developed and marketed a variety of lumber products to independent lumber yards throughout New England. He was a highly respected Vice President and eventually President of Warren Trask for nearly 50 years. Jay was adept at developing long term partnerships with vendors and customers. Integrity, commitment, and enthusiasm were traits that helped Jay successfully navigate a 50 year career. In addition to Jane, his best friend and wife of 57 years, Jay is survived by his four devoted children and their spouses, Constance L. Adams-Keilch and her husband John Keilch of West Hartford, CT, James C. Adams, III and his wife Lisa Adams of Glastonbury, CT, Gilbert S. Adams and his wife Kim Adams of Medfield, MA, and Patricia Adams-Balf and her husband Todd Balf of Beverly, MA; ten grandchildren, J.C., Rachel, and Julia Adams of Glastonbury, CT; Gil Andrew, Paul, Dean, Meryl, and Ben Adams of Medfield, MA; Celia and Henry Balf of Beverly, MA; and his brother Robert Adams of Groton Long Point, CT and his sister-in-law Lee Adams of Duxbury, MA and their two children Betsy Moroccu and Robert Adams. Calling hours will be Saturday, May 22rd from 1:30 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. at the Glastonbury Funeral Home at 450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT. Other arrangements will be private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the South Glastonbury Congregational Church, The Nature Conservancy, of which Jay was one of the original life members, or the charity of the giver's choice. For more information, directions or to leave an online condolence please visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 16, 2010
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