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James F. Adams, lifelong Quincy resident, except for his honorable European service during World War II, passed away peacefully March 5, 2017, at Milton Hospital. Jim was 90 years old and is survived by his stepdaughter, Leslie with her husband Jeff Graham; as well as his niece, Mary with her husband Larry Bratten in Texas; and Jim';s older sister, Edith with her husband Dick Kershaw of Randolph, and their daughter Christina with her husband Bill Palmer, and their three sons, Thomas, James and Timothy in Easton. Also mourning are the Adams and Glover family members with Charlie delaFuente in Texas, and Lee Ashfield of Vero Beach, Florida. Jim was sadly widowed by Anna in 1967 and by Doris in 1989. He was a proud employee at the young Polaroid Corporation where he served as an experimental machinist and model-maker working closely with Dr. Land as he developed instant photography and polarization among numerous other innovative technologies. Jim told some great stories about being there and coming up with design models for some of the inventive products we all take for granted today. Honorably discharged from the infantry with a Purple Heart at war's end, Jim attended college at Wentworth and Northeastern, where he earned an engineering degree. After a year teaching machine work at Wentworth, he went on to spend his next 35 years at the Polaroid Corporation. From a very young age, Jim's life revolved around sailing. Born in a home in North Quincy near the beach, Jim owned many small boats and hand-built his own trailer for getting across the road and down the beach. He was invited "off the beach" to join Wollaston Yacht Club as a junior member where he was happily both crew and skipper in countless competitions throughout the entire Massachusetts Bay area. Although he did own a few different motor boats over the years, Jim was always happiest as captain of a sailing vessel and skippered his own and many others throughout the years. He served executive positions at Wollaston and Gull Point Yacht Clubs and later became a member of Quincy Yacht Club. Jim requested no service or viewing. Just a simple, quiet interment at the Adams family plot in Mount Wollaston Cemetery near his dear father Robert, mother Polly and wives Anna and Doris. Expressions of sympathy will be forwarded to the family if sent to Hamel, Wickens & Troupe Funeral Home, 26 Adams St. Quincy MA 02169.
Published in The Weymouth News from Apr. 1 to Apr. 12, 2017
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