JOHN C. ADAMS ESSEX JCT. - John C. Adams, 60, beloved partner of Nancy M. Bora of Essex Jct., died Aug. 3 at Fletcher Allen Healthcare after a courageous battle with cancer. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., John moved to Vermont in 2004 to begin his life with Nancy, his devoted friend and partner, who lovingly took care of him, especially during his illness. Born Jan. 27, 1950, John attended Brooklyn Technical High School and then began his career in 1970 at the New York Telephone Co., which later became NYNEX, where he worked as a Staff Manager until his retirement in 1996. Besides Nancy M. Bora, John is survived by his loving mother, Lucille Jones; daughters, Nefer BernardNekhet and her husband, Heru, Catherine Adams, all of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a third daughter, Crystal Lewis of Charlotte, N.C.; and a sister, Linda Golson of Delaware. John is survived by four dearly loved grandchildren, Heru-Akhety, Seba and Saut Nekhet of Brooklyn. N.Y.; and Naiya Lewis of Charlotte, N.C.; and special nephews, Troy Golson of Virginia and Brian Golson of Maryland. John also leaves a childhood friend and "blood brother" Dr. Marc A. Bernard of Los Angeles. John was predeceased by his father, John E. Adams. His extended Vermont family also came to know and love John dearly over the years, Charlotte Bora; Scott and Shirley Coope; Elton Bora and Marilyn Chase; Michael and Ann (Donlan) Adaskaveg and their children, Allison, Paige and Cole; Jimmy and Debbie (Donlan) Varnado and their children, J.D., Tommy and John Paul; and Tim and Sandy Donlan and their children, Marisa and Ben, and Timmy Donlan and his wife, Brandie. John was a generous man who derived joy from helping his loved ones solve problems, big and small. All who loved John knew of his passion for playing cards, and get-togethers often revolved around those funfilled card games, which will be long-remembered for the laughter that came from those shared times. John especially was proud that just one year ago, he was able to take Nancy for a birthday trip to San Francisco, where he so enjoyed touring the city with her and visiting family, as well as his lifelong friend, Marc. We will forever miss John for all the joy and goodness he brought to our lives. We are heartbroken to lose him, but are relived that he no longer has to battle his illness. May you rest in eternal peace, John, awash in the endless love that we have for you. Nancy would like to extend her gratitude to Dr. James Wallace and his nurse, Susan, and Dr. George Phillips, as well as the caregivers who eased John's pain in the final days of his life. A viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. After the viewing, family and friends are invited from 3 to 7 p.m. to celebrate John's life at the home he shared with Nancy. Donations in his name may be made to the Essex Rescue, 1 Educational Drive, Essex Jct., VT 05452 or a charity of your choice. To send online condolences to the family please visit

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 6, 2010