MITCHELL LASH ADAMS
1944 - 2020
BORN
1944
DIED
2020
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ADAMS, Mitchell Lash Of Boston, age 75, died July 18, 2020 peacefully at home surrounded by friends and family after a brief illness. Beloved husband of the late Kevin Smith of Dedham. Mitchell is survived by the Boles of Cleveland, the Smiths of Massachusetts and the Mehaffys of Texas. Due to current restrictions, all Services will be private. Refer to:

www.hdlfuneralhome.net/obituaries for more information, and to leave a message.
Published by Boston Globe from Jul. 22 to Jul. 23, 2020.
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I am saddened to read that Mr. Adams has left us. While I didn't actually know much about him, I feel like I have "known" him for many years. We would see each other in the neighborhood and talk while our dogs, Kubrick (his) and Tucker (mine), greeted (read: sniffed) each other.

Mitch, as I new him (I did not even know his last name), was always so pleasant, and I enjoyed seeing him and hearing his friendly greeting ("Hello Tucker"). Though, not having seen him recently, I began wondering if he was simply quarantining. Then, I saw that his property was on the market. Upon searching for more information today, I came across his obituary. What an amazing man. And what a wonderful like he lived.

Rest in peace, Mr. Adams.
Timothy McKeown
Neighbor
January 3, 2021
Edward Devereux
December 20, 2020
I just noticed Mitchell’s passing due to the dedication of H&H’s beautiful televised Messiah, one of Mitchell’s many visions to bring pleasure and new meaning to our Greater Boston region. I knew Mitchell as a friend and a mentor to me and my younger class at Harvard whom he welcomed into his society after he’d graduated. He was loved and admired by all. RIP, Mitchell.
Rick Devereux
Acquaintance
December 20, 2020
I am so sorry that you have gone you were alway so generous with my family. -
Deborah Stanton
August 28, 2020
My husband,Lee Smith,admired you so and After meeting you at those Terre Haute Wiley High School reunions, so did I. You and I both shared the pain of losing the loves of our lives and our need to find a way to go forward. Like my husband, you earned the best of titles: A truly good man.
Mary Jane Bradley-Smith
Friend
August 27, 2020
Mitch and I were good friends in Terre Haute, Indiana, where we lived in the 50's and 60's. We shared many great memories and he was a constant attendee at our high school reunions over many years. Most recently, he joined us in Milwaukee last fall. He was always warm and engaging. I also knew Mitch's brother and his father - I often stopped by their home in Terre Haute and marveled at his dad's business of raising and marketing herbs. He was a charming man - all of his friends from the Class of 62 will miss him terribly. Although Mitch did not graduate with us (he attended Western Reserve in Cleveland), he was one of us and his loss will be deeply felt by all of us.
ROGER STELLE
Friend
August 27, 2020
We are so sorry to learn if Mitchell's passing. We have lost a good friend from high school days. What an amazing man.
Chuck and Annette Tryon
Friend
August 27, 2020
And with it all, one sterling accomplishment after another, he was genuinely self-effacing, kind and warm, a gentleman in every sense of the word. Every time that I have been at Harvard, I have looked for Mitch, often found him, and when I did, we always had a wonderful time together. Without exception, he brought something new to the conversation, and a sparkle to life itself.
Carl Muller
Friend
August 26, 2020
The Button Family loved Mitchell and Kevin. He was the best God Father to my brother, Tom. He often took care of us in the 70's when my mother went away and once his dog Millard? climbed out onto our roof. But he cooked for the three of us, belted out songs from Sesame Street with us, and no one had a better "Hello" or bow tie than Mitchell. Every single one of our dogs: Froda, Lucy, Tucker, Yeager, Emma, and Grace knew they had a soulmate when he walked into the house for a visit. We will miss him dearly and send nothing but our prayers and love to his family.
Wendy Button
Friend
August 19, 2020
We had the pleasure of sharing lunch with Mr Adams for many years at Panificio On Charles Street. He very much enjoyed the Lentil Soup & a good newspaper. We will miss his sincerity and cheerful hello to all of us.
Christopher Spagnuolo
Acquaintance
August 5, 2020
Cheerful as your bow ties, courageous and generous in life and work, the warmth of your spirit and friendship will be remembered by many a classmate.
John Diamante
Classmate
August 2, 2020
I worked with Mitch at Harvard Medical School and remained in touch with him for years after he left. I attended his marriage to Kevin and Kevin's funeral. My husband and I visited Mitch and Kevin at their home and at their vacation home on lslesboro on several occasions. Mitch was always a great friend and even called me on my birthday for many years. Unfortunately, I lost touch with Mitch over the past several years and felt it was quite a loss. There is no question but that Mitch will be missed by many.....
Joyce Brinton Brinton
Coworker
July 28, 2020
Mitchell was a friend, a mentor and a role model, whose wisdom, humor and kindness would always be my guiding lights in life.
S Koh
July 27, 2020
Joyce met Mitchell during their joint professional days at Harvard and we soon enjoyed time with him, Kevin and the Smiths, sharing weekends in Dark Harbor, their wedding and dinners and special occasions in Dedham and the H & H Society.

Mitchell was always the consummate host and friend and will be missed.

We share our condolences with Mitchell's family and friends.
Bruce Hauben Hauben
Friend
July 27, 2020
How could anyone forget this refined, intelligent man? His kindness to me during our campaign to elect Bill Weld as Governor in 1990 will always be remembered. He even chose me to be in a photograph on the cover of Bay State Banner early in the campaign - an honor! Fundraisers and Christmas parties with he and Kevin at their home in Dedham were always delightful. My deepest condolences to all of his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Gladys Beaudette
Friend
July 27, 2020
Mitchell,

Was the host of the first Weld for Governor House Party Fundraiser I organized at the beginning of the campaign back in the summer of 1989. He later became my boss at the Campaign when he came on staff as the Full time Finance Director. Andrew Brennan and I had many a meeting fending off rubber bands that he shot at us to inspire ideas. He introduced me to the Orange and Black as we went on a reconnaissance mission for funding in Dark Harbor and Isleboro, ME where Overton and Brennan were acceptable house guests. Much to our surprise, Weld won and we were all catapulted into government. He was a mentor and friend throughout my career in government. I am honored to have been able to work with Mitchell and call him a friend.
Samantha Overton
Friend
July 26, 2020
Our dear cousin will be sorely missed! We loved having him join us for the wild bunch gatherings each year. It's unthinkable that he will not be with us next time, though always in spirit and always in our hearts.
Ann Mehaffy
July 24, 2020
Mitch and I were classmates at Harvard where I first met him. Later we both served in the Weld admin in the early 1990's. One of the remarkable traits Mitch possessed, was his ability to think progressively and to be courtly and traditional at the same time. Mitch and I share the joy of ship model building which is another remarkable trait of his, because it requires both artistry and engineering. I have no idea how he managed to balance all of those attributes, but he was a joy to be with. I'll miss him a lot.
Tom Black
Classmate
July 24, 2020
I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Mitchell's family and friends on his passing. I greatly enjoyed getting to know Mitch and interview him many times as a news reporter during his years as Revenue Commissioner and later leading the Mass. Technology Collaborative. Brilliant, courtly, a faithful and effective public servant, one of the best living and breathing arguments for marriage equality when we were working our way through that conversation--Mitch was a star and someone I will always remember with fondness and admiration. RIP.
Peter Howe
Friend
July 23, 2020
Mitch, you were such a lovely, gentle man! Rest in peace!
Liam Tuffy
July 23, 2020
I will miss Mitchell. To those who were most close to him, please know that Elizabeth and I shall miss him. I knew him since 1964, and he and I shared a Godchild or two. We shared St. Paul's as our foundational church. God Bless.
Clint Smith
Acquaintance
July 23, 2020
John Wilson
July 23, 2020
I just heard of Mitchell's passing today. Mitchell gave me my break in 1992 and I shall forever be in his debt. He was a fascinating, fast-walking man (we'd talk while he ran a short errand at govt center.) Just truly a wonderful man.
Todd Sharek
Coworker
July 23, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about the families loss.may the families hearts ♥ be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times the family shared together with the dear loved one lost in death.As the family cherished a wonderful life that was well lived and loved by families and friends.my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families during this difficult time of grief and pain.
-GP/Lm
July 23, 2020
Mitchell was my boss at the department of revenue when he tapped me to to help quarterback passage of new child support enforcement legislation. He was years ahead of his time in advocating the integration of technology with government efforts to enforce the financial obligations of parents. The result was a landmark law that became a national model, and through it all Mitch proved to be a visionary for modernizing public sector agencies. It was quite fascinating getting to know Mitch as a person. I think the happiest I ever saw him was at the summer home he shared with Kevin in Islesboro, Maine. He would muse about amazing historical and cultural anecdotes and proved to be the perfect host who also enjoyed conversations regarding theology. Mitch had a deep Christian faith and certainly practiced that faith in his many noble, charitable deeds. His career is a stellar example of honorable public service.
Kevin Sowyrda
July 22, 2020
When I came back to Boston in 1995 after finally coming out of the closet in 1990, Mitchell and Kevin took me up into their warm circle of friends.

He was a source of advice, friendship, wisdom and great humor over the decades. We shared much in common; Harvard, the Somerset, our love of history, our interest in the public sector and innovation and technology. We compared lineages; I proudly told him my Griggs ancestors arrived in Boston in 1638 - he slyly replied his Adams ancestors got to Boston just a few years earlier (to his never-ending amusement).

When I had my bumps in life and career and he always provided sage advice and assisted me in getting back on track. He was a true gentlemen whose intelligence shone so bright. Every conversation with him left me something to ponder. Endlessly curious and intellectually alive - what a gift to all of us.
Andrew Saxe Saxe
Friend
July 22, 2020
My heart is broken to hear the news of the passing of Mitchell Adams. I worked with him as the Director of Communications for the Mass. DOR from 1995-1999. Mitchell's never-ending enthusiasm for the work of the DOR, to make it easier for taxpayers to file, to make it harder for child support delinquents to avoid supporting their children and to create a great working atmosphere for employees, will be the legacy that I will hold onto. I met Mitchell through his husband Kevin Smith whom I worked with in the early days of the Weld/Cellucci Administration as Kevin was Chief Counsel at the Department of Housing and Community Development, and had to step into the role of acting Secretary when former Rep. Steve Pierce left to run for US Representative after the death of Silvio Conte. Kevin and Mitchell were wonderful to work with, but more importantly, were wonderful friends to me and to many others. I spent time with them at their beautiful vacation home on Isleboro, Maine as I remember hearing about the work that they were doing on the house by themselves, including all the electrical work that Kevin did. It was a place of beauty, peace, and a gathering spot for their family and friends. I will never forget their kindness and friendship. Mitchell made a big impact on my life and to countless others and I will cherish the time we had together.
Ann Murphy
Friend
July 22, 2020
Mitchell was a dear friend, teacher and mentor for more than 30 years. We met in 1989 as members of the Dedham Village group. He gave me my first real job serving as his executive assistant at DOR, and he taught me how to be a professional. We took many long walks around Beacon Hill, which involved detailed lessons about art, architecture, economics and history. Mitchell loved obscure words, and we implemented a word-of-the-week at work. He gave me so many opportunities, steady guidance and unwavering support over three decades. He spoke regularly with so much love and affection for his family and lifelong friends. He quietly and humbly helped people, never looking for anything in return. His generosity, kindness, humility and deep infectious laugh are all things I will remember fondly about Mitchell. I was honored to give Mitchell his 30-year medallion at the Park Street group last year and to share about the selfless devotion that made him so special. My prayers go out to his family and friends. I am so grateful to have known him and will miss him dearly.
Chris Kealey
Friend
July 21, 2020
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