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Gary L. Adams

Jul 9, 1940 - Jul 9, 2018

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Levant - Gary L. Adams died unexpectedly at the Bangor VA on July 9, 2018 - his 78th birthday. He was born on July 9, 1940, the son of Omar and Shirley Adams.
He was a hard worker; it was what he knew. He spent time in the military, he hauled grain, and he farmed, but mostly, he drilled wells, a job that he worked for more than half his life. He married Priscilla Brown in 1975; they celebrated their 43rd anniversary in May.
Gary was a fiercely loyal and unexpectedly gentle man. Every child got a piece of candy, every baby got fussed over and every pet got table scraps. He absolutely adored every kid that crossed his path. He was a longtime dog lover who came around to cats late in life thanks to the appearance of a stray he named Roscoe. He loved Westerns and NASCAR, especially John Wayne and the late Dale Earnhardt - "my buddy Dale" as Gary insisted on calling him.
He was unwaveringly generous toward family, friends, and strangers alike. He was proud and funny, a legendary cut-up among the coffee crew at the corner store and - alongside his brothers and sisters and the rest of his family - a notorious troublemaker (in the best possible way). He loved with unapologetic boldness and would fight hard for what he believed to be right. He wasn't much of a joiner, but he did manage a few terms as town selectman in Levant and was a member of Masonic Lodge #137 in Kenduskeag.
Gary is survived by his wife, six children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His daughters are Lorraine A. Roque and her husband, Joseph, of Bethlehem, CT; Tammy L. Petersen and her husband, David, of Oxford, CT; Sue Blasavage and her husband, Michael, of Oxford, CT; and Elizabeth Adams of Bangor. His sons are Gary L. Adams II of Brewer; and Allen L. Adams and his wife, Sheridan, of Bangor. His grandchildren are Ashley L. Stange, Erik Stange, Ian Stange, Caitlin Petersen, Bryan Petersen, Matthew J. Adams, Courtney L. Adams, and Nickolas Perrow. His great-grandchildren are Sebastian Stange, Brooklyn Myers, and Kaylii J. Adams.
In addition, he is survived by numerous brothers and sisters. His brothers are Galen Adams and his wife Nancy; Harold Adams and his wife Susan; and David Adams and his wife Marie. His sisters are Joyce Allard and her husband Dennis; Abby Taggart and her husband Chris; Beverly Millett and her husband Dan; Caroline Bisaillon and her husband Izzy; and Debbie Roach. He's also survived by a multitude of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Verna and Gloria, and his brother, Peter.
All are welcome to call from 5 - 7 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St. in Bangor; there are also visiting hours from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. led by Keith Cousins. Interment will follow at Waugh Cemetery, Levant. The family invites relatives and friends to join them afterwards at the Hungry Hollow 76ers Snowmobile Club, located on the Horseback Road in Levant, for memories and refreshments.
Instead of flowers, those so inclined can make a donation to a scholarship fund to be established in Gary's name. Checks can be made out to Hermon High School, c/o Guidance Office, 2415 Rt #2, Hermon ME 04401 - In Memory of Gary Adams.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  July 12, 2018
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