Bertram J. (Pete) Adams succumbed to Covid19 on September 17, 2021 in Vernon, Vermont. He was born Sept. 6, 1928 in Northampton Mass. to Louis and Rachel (Hemenway) Adams, delivered by his aunt Dr. Ruth Hemenway. He grew up on Adams Farm in Wilmington, VT, the 4th generation on the farm that is still owned by the family. He graduated Wilmington HS in 1946, then from VT Agricultural College in 1948. He then served as a Staff Sargent in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Returning home, he was part of Mt. Snow's early days as head carpenter, building Snow Lake and Sundance Lodges, among others. He married Betty Crosier on Nov. 2, 1952. They built their home together in Wilmington where they lived for 64 years until moving to Vernon Hall in 2016. Soon after marriage they established Adams Plumbing & Heating. He and Betty were very active in the Vt. Plumbing Association for many years and made many lifelong friends. They enjoyed camping trips, snowmobiling, antique gas engines, and exploring back roads in his restored 1929 Model-A with their children. Some of his most memorable times were exploring the woods of Somerset with his good friend Wayne Rowell, and especially a canoe trip to find the Ghost Trains in the North Woods of Maine. Retiring in 2000, they took many trips in their RV to visit family in Florida, California, and Oregon, and visit many National Parks across the country. A special love was woodworking and finally having the time to build beautiful furniture and other woodworking projects, and rebuild antique canoes. Many a happy hour was spent chatting with visitors in his roadside workshop behind the purple doors. Above all, Pete loved his family. He leaves his beloved wife Betty; children Brenda Raleigh, Les (Robin) Adams, Justin Adams; grandchildren David (Ashley) Raleigh, Rachel Raleigh, and son-at-heart Jason Sprague, Nat (Amanda) Adams, Molly Adams; great grandchildren Thomas, JoAnna, and Ella; siblings Sally (Merrill) Mundell, Thelma Boyd, Bill (Sharon) Adams, Shirley (Bob) Pease, Ruby (Tom ) Bailey; sister in law Shirley Crosier, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Judy Adams and son-in-law Chip Raleigh. The family wishes to thank the staff at Vernon Homes for the wonderful care they provide. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Vernon Homes or the Guy Hawkins Cancer Fund may be sent c/o Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. In his honor, and with respect for his and Betty's wishes, please get vaccinated for Covid19 if you are able to, and wear a mask in public. Services will be held at a time when it is safer to do so. To send the family personal condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com
Published by The Brattleboro Reformer on Sep. 21, 2021.