Ernestus S. "Ernie" Adams, age 83, beloved husband and best friend of Catherine (Rogers) Adams, died on June 17, 2012.
Ernie grew up in Towaco, N.J., the son of the late Ernestus S. and Anna (Long) Adams. He left home at age 17 to join the U.S. Marine Corps
. He later took advantage of the GI Bill to attend and graduate from the University of Connecticut. He and his wife, Cay, were happily married for 58 years. He retired after 30 years from Veeder-Root. His greatest love in life was his wife and his children and grandchildren.
He leaves his daughters, Catherine Colletti and her husband, Vinnie, of Manchester, Constance Bordieri of South Windsor, Laura Bengtson and her husband, Robert, of Glastonbury, Patricia Adams of East Hartford, and his son, David Adams and his partner, Kimberly Canning, of North Granby. He was predeceased by his daughter, Elaine, and his son-in-law, Anthony Bordieri. He leaves his grandchildren: Nicholas DelGiudice and his wife, Yolanda, of East Hartford, Thomas DelGiudice of Manchester, Mary Easton and her husband, Michael, of Manchester, Kristina Bordieri of Springfield, Mass., Andrew and Corey Bordieri of South Windsor, Catherine, Sarah, and Emily Elaine Bengtson of Glastonbury; and step-grandsons, Christopher Chapman of Norfolk, Va., and Harrison Canning of North Granby. He leaves his great-grandchildren: Kasha, Devon, Adrianna, and Anthony DelGiudice, Autumn, Anthony, and AnnaBella Bordieri, Lincoln DelGiudice, Abigail and Kaitlin Easton, and Izabella Chapman. He also leaves one great-great grandson, Kobe DelGiudice. He also leaves his faithful companion, his dog, Fritz. He also leaves his brothers: Alexander of Denville, N.J., John of Carmel, Calif., David of Parsippany, N.J., Edward of Towaco, N.J.; and his sister, Ann Mann of Allstead, Pa.
Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, June 20, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m., followed with military honors. Burial is private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations can be sent to Team Elaine at the American Liver Foundation, 127 Washington Ave., Garden level, North Haven, CT 06473.
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