James's Story

OTIS - James S. Adams passed away on Dec. 16, 2015, one day after his 90th birthday. He was born in Frederickton New Brunswick, moving to Presque Isle when he was an infant, and finally settled in Bangor when he was eight. Jim quit high school in 1943 and joined the Navy during WWII. Dad did not share his memories of the war with the family until his later years when he contacted many of the fine men from Maine that were in the "Bangor Victory Platoon". Dad also enjoyed reunions with many of the Navy shipmates that were aboard the LST 1025.

Upon his return to Maine in 1946, Dad attended Husson College for a year. He married Irene Jellison in 1947 and they raised their four children in Hampden.

Dad worked in the automobile business his whole life selling Nash cars in the late 1940's and 1950's, and Volkswagons in the 1960's at the family business Jim Adams Inc. in Brewer. When Grampa retired and sold the business, Dad started a used car business "Snoopy Sales" at the Bangor end of the Chamberlain bridge.

Jim was a precocious lad that loved building model airplanes. This love of planes continued into adulthood. Dad's hobby was buying Piper Cub airplanes that had crashed, rebuilding the aircraft piece by piece, and then flying his plane! He also built and flew 2 ultralight planes.

Dad's favorite cartoon was Peanuts, particularly "Snoopy and the Red Baron". He drew Snoopy on the side of his second airplane, flying it around Beech Hill Pond for many years. People started calling him "Snoopy" and the nickname stuck with him for 35 years. Even his grandchildren called him Grampa Snoopy.

When Dad was in his 50's he started a new hobby of art and painting. He particularly loved doing portraits. His friends and family will treasure these paintings for many years, especially the ones of Nana and Grampa, Hayley and Tim.

Dad had an amazing voice and often would break out in a song. He loved to sing and entertain at the community hall at the campground they lived at in Florida. Two of his favorite songs were "Unforgettable" and "Good Night Irene". Dad married his second wife, Jean Hoffman Adams in 1975. They had 40 wonderful years together, spending summers in Otis on Beech Hill Pond and winters in Florida. They loved traveling in their younger years, visiting England, Scotland, and Ireland back in the 1980's. One year they bought an RV and traveled to 49 states.

Dad was predeceased by his eldest son James B. Adams II in 2000. He also was predeceased by three of his siblings, Joyce Adams, Walter "Bud" Adams, and Noreen Gormley.

Jim is survived by his wife Jean, sister Penny Folsom, son Buddy and his wife Rena, daughter Lyn and her partner Dennis Knowlton, daughter Dawn and her husband Steven Carey, and stepson James Hoffman and wife Carol. Dad had eight grandchildren, James B III, Jayson, Richard, Ryan, Timothy, Thomas, Travis, and Hayley. He has 2 great grandchildren, James Hardy and Myles Carey. Dad had a very close relationship with Jean's niece, Sandy McInnis and her husband Michael, and their daughters Jenny and Sara.

We'd like to thank Sandy for helping Dad and Jean so much the last 4 years with such compassion during the mid and late stages of Dad's Alzheimer's disease. The loving care Dad received for 2 years at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle is also very much appreciated.

Per Dad's request there will be no funeral services. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Brewer. We will have a gathering and celebration of Dad's life in the spring.
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