Jay Harry Adams

Ocean View, Delaware

Age 94


Ocean View, Delaware


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Jay "Harry" Adams passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening. He was 94 years old.
Originally born in Lexington, Ky., he moved to the Washington, DC area with his family while in high school. A proud World War 2 Veteran and former member of the Army Air Corps, he was drafted into service and served as a radio operator aboard a B-17. He played the trumpet in the Air Corps band and his love of music was unmatched as he fondly recalled his mother telling anyone who would listen that he was "better than Al Hirt."
Harry spent the entirety of his working life in the DC area with his late wife, Ruth, raising two boys (Bob and Ron) and staying ever involved in their activities and pursuits. After a distinguished career in government service, he retired to the Delaware beaches where he remained active numerous organizations, including service as an Acolyte at his church, St Martha's.
Pop, as he was lovingly referred to by his family and friends, never met a stranger. He often remarked about how lucky he felt for having such incredible blessings of good health, great friends, and wonderful family. His family was his passion, and he never missed an opportunity to talk about them during his frequent trips to the store, doctors visits, or get togethers. He could often be seen driving in his Mustang convertible that he affectionally called his "chick magnet" before Ann quickly won his heart. His personality was absolutely infectious and to know him was to love him.
He was preceded in death by his late wife of 62 years, Ruth; a son, Ron; and a great grandson, Conner.
He is survived by his wife of 6 years, Ann Stewart Adams; a son, Bob (wife Susan); daughter-in-law, Ellen (to late son Ron); and grandchildren, Nicholas (wife Stephanie), Bryan (wife Holly), Allison (husband Rob), and Brad. He had four great grandchildren, Brayden, Dylan, Camdyn, and Liam.
Due to ongoing Coronavirus concerns, a celebration of Harry's life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Martha's Episcopal Church.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com

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Harry was a frequent visitor to the personnel office where I worked. At one time he was moved up from a section chief to a branch chief, then department. All this happened so fast I don't think they have gave him more than a 180 day detail. I told him once he need to find out who they were. He always walked like he was walking on bed of hot beans. He was always a gentleman and very friendly. I am so sorry to learn of his passing. May he rest in peace and God be with his family.

I'm so sorry to hear of your loved and deepest condolences are extended to you. Something that's helped me through the death of loved ones is to reflect on 1 Corinthians 15:26.

Oh how much he will be missed at G & E His number was 1 in our Store and always will be!

My sincere condolences to Jay's family. May the God of peace and comfort be with the family during this most difficult time.

Nick and Stephanie & Your family,
Sending you our heartfelt sympathy.
Dominick & Karen D'Eramo

Our sincere sympathy to Ann and Harrys family