Adams, Richard

July 18th, 2011

Richard E. Adams, Sr., age 83, of North Billerica, formerly of Wilmington, Marblehead, and Newburyport, died peacefully on Monday, July 18, 2011 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Richard was born on March 12, 1928, in Salem, the beloved son of Beatrice W. Adams, he was raised and educated in Marblehead .

In his early years, Richard worked at many local farms and was an avid vegetable gardener. Richard learned to can his fruits and vegetables, sharing them with family and friends. He entered many of the Topsfield Fairs over the years during the 60’s and 70’s and won various competitions for the “biggest” blue hubbard and butternut squash as well as some of the largest pumpkins.

Richard was also a dutch rabbit breeder and fur trapper, he sold many minks, musk rats, and chinchilla’s to Fox’s in Boston.

Always a hard worker, Richard even worked on local lobster boats throughout Marblehead when he was in his late teens and early twenties and even helped out the local undertaker at Tom Sullivan’s Funeral Home in Marblehead.

Richard served in the United State Army during the Korean war from January 18, 1951 and was honorably discharged on May 7, 1953 after proudly serving the country.

Richard married Josephine N. (Cavarretta) Adams on April 18, 1953, soon after the couple moved to Malden, where they started a family. Richard worked for the City of Malden Public Works Department from 1958 – 1968 until an injury forced his retirement. Richard was also very involved with the CYO Band at the Immaculate Conception Church in Everett where his children participated and he was in charge of the band equipment.

Always a farmer at heart, Richard moved back to the North Shore with his young family and they settled in Newburyport , where he returned to farming and raising rabbits, turkeys, and chickens. Richard would deliver his fresh, locally grown vegetables to local stores such as A& P Supermarket, Mr. Grocer, and Fowler’s Market, just to name a few. Richard was a huge animal lover, he was always picking up strays and nurturing them to health, throughout his life Richard always had a dog at his side. Richard loved being outdoors, he was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying the wildlife that surrounded him. After his children were grown, Richard and Josephine moved to Wilmington in 1978, they had a wonderful life together, shared over 29 years of marriage, and made many memories for their family before Josephine’s passing in 1982.

Richard was a very kind and caring man, he was very much devoted to his family and friends and would do anything for anyone. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to have a good time, his personality traits made others drawn to him.

Richard met Linda (Cole) Adams in the late 1980’s and they had a great companionship together. Richard and Linda married in 1998 after a long courtship, they had many fun times together. Richard and Linda enjoyed each other’s company and were only married for a couple of short years before she passed in 2000.

Richard will be fondly remembered for his continued strength, he was diagnosed with pulmonary disease a few years ago and fought hard to stay alive for his family. He enjoyed their many celebrations and he was very proud of all of their accomplishments. Richard loved his family and being part of a big extended family, he will be greatly missed.

Richard was the devoted father of Janis (Adams) Marshall-Colby and her husband Arthur “Skip” Colby of York, ME, Susan (Adams) Pike and her husband Thomas of Lee, NH, and the late Richard E. Adams, Jr., loving grandfather of F. Jefferey Marshall, the late F. Joshua Marshall, Rick Audette, Christina Pike, and Bethany Pike, dear brother of the late Marilyn A. Adams, wonderful step-father of Keith Didion of Texas and Cheryl Didion-Rose and her husband Derek Rose and special grandfather to their daughters Hollianne and Nicole all of Wilmington, Richard is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and his faithful dog Princess “Prinnie”.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Monday, July 25th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, July 24th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to the Center for Wildlife, P. O. Box 620, Cape Neddick, ME 03902 or to the Massachusetts Farmers Bureau, 249 Lakeside Ave., Marlborough, MA 01752.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Adams, Richard”

  1. Jean Marie Cole says:

    May your memories comfort you in this time of grief. Dick was a wonderful man sharing his life, laughter and knowledge with us all. He will be missed dearly.

  2. Edie Wood says:

    my Sincere Sympathy to all… Dick will
    not be forgotten…

  3. Elaine Maninos says:

    The entire staff of the Wilmington Office of the Lowell Five would like to extend out deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dick. I have known Dick for 30 years and enjoyed seeing him come in the bank door. I knew we would have a few laughs and some good talks. He was a wonderful customer as well as friend. He will be missed.

  4. York, Maine Senior Center says:

    We are sorry for your loss, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The staff and members of the York Senior Center

  5. Kate Lally says:

    Deepest sympathies to you and your family Cheryl. Your fond memories will always be there to get you through the difficult times.

  6. Christina Pike says:

    Thank you all for your kind comments of sympathy and rememberance. My Grandfather was a kind hearted man who was a dear friend to many and will be missed by all his family. ~Christina J. Pike

  7. Sharyn and Tom Cavarretta says:

    We always loved listening to Uncle Dick stories. Such a great man. I always remember him talking about taking care of his turkeys. He will always be in our hearts!

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