Obituary of James Adams
James S. "Jim" Adams, age 78, of Lindley, NY passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 surrounded by his loving and devoted family after a courageous eleven-year battle with cancer.
Jim was born on October 12, 1939 in Rochester, NY, the son of the late Arthur R. and the late Emily (Goyette) Adams. He was a graduate of Rock Island High School, Rock Island, IL class of 1958. He married the love of his life, Margery L. Bronson on February 5, 1977 in Fairport, New York. He worked as a self-employed remodeling contractor throughout the Rochester and Corning areas, retiring with over 50 years of service. He later taught heavy equipment and building trades for GST Boces.
Jim was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, friend and community member. He was a life member of Lions International with 35 years of service, having served as president in 1994-95. He coached his daughter, Tracey, for t-ball in Addison and softball in Erwin. He was also an EMT for the Addison Ambulance Corp. In earlier years he was a volunteer in the Bushnell's Basin Volunteer Fire Department and a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 209, both in Fairport, NY. He was an open, friendly and engaging face in the community and was referred to by many as "Grandpa Adams".
When he wasn't participating in community events, Jim will be remembered for his love of the outdoors. He was an avid hunter of both large and small game and would take many hunting trips - including Elk hunting in Montana and Colorado. He enjoyed watching and reading old-time Westerns and listening to country music. He also loved tending his vegetable garden and cooking for his family – he made the best sandwiches! He was an avid euchre and poker player. He enjoyed traveling with his family annually to Myrtle Beach and going on a number of vacations with his wife and special friends, Gail and Terry VanEtten and Connie and Ben Younker. He was an enthusiastic spectator to his children and grandchildren's sporting events and enjoyed many years of companionship with his beloved pets. Jim will be remembered most for being a hard-working husband and father who did anything for anyone in need.
He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Margery Adams of Lindley; children: Barton Adams of Hammondsport, NY, Shelly Adams Vahue of Angier, NC, Deb (John) Kaiser of Hammondsport, NY, Michael (Mikel) Adams of Angier, NC, Kim Edmister (John Rizzo) of Rochester, NY, Karla (Arthur) Babcock of Bloomfield, NY and Tracey (Jeffrey) McLeod of Horseheads, NY. Grandpa enjoyed every minute spent with his beautiful grandchildren: Corinne Adams (Greg Sheil), Michael Vahue, MacAlister Vahue, Lindsey Blodgett, Tyler Blodgett, Jesse (Larissa) Johnson, Ryan (Claudia) Edmister, Katie Edmister (Luis Calvillo), Bryce Edmister (Darby Amos), John Babcock, Shaina Babcock, Jenna Babcock. He was further blessed with six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Carol Alvut of Fairport, NY; brothers: Gary (Mary) Adams of Holly, NY and Roger (Brenda) Adams of Corning, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, Norma and Wendell Bronson.
Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and again on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning, NY. A funeral service will immediately follow on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the family plot at Coopers Plains Cemetery, Painted Post, NY.
In lieu of flowers donations in Jim's name may be made to the Corning Lions Club, c/o Bampa's House, P.O. Box 1096, Corning, NY 14830.