Kenneth A. Adams
BERLIN - Kenneth Allan Adams, 82, of Upper Hill Street Ext., passed away surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre. He battled numerous health conditions over the past several years, including four years of dialysis. His sister, Sandra Clark, also remained close by his side, as did his daughter and granddaughters of Florida. Kenneth was born on July 23, 1934, in Montpelier. He was the son of Kenneth G. and Evelyn (Stewart) Adams. Kenneth attended East Montpelier Graded School and attended Montpelier High School as part of the class of 1953. After high school, he entered the United States Air Force and proudly served his country for 12½ years in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. On Aug. 21, 1970, Kenneth married the love of his life, Jacqueline Bissonnette, in Berlin. He was employed at Hutch Concrete for several years. While on the job, he was injured and lost four of his fingers. Kenneth held other jobs throughout his life which included 16 years of employment at the U.S. post offices in Barre and Montpelier. He was also employed as a local school bus driver. Kenneth became a member of the Catholic Church in 2010. His memberships included the Canadian Club, the VFW Post 792 and the American Legion Post #3, both of Montpelier. In his spare time, he enjoyed photography, farming, birdwatching, hunting, gardening, motorcycling, back road rides, talking on the phone and most importantly, spending time with his family. He was a jokester and lover of life bringing laughter and smiles to those around him. His most famous joke being "Don't squeeze my fingers." Kenneth was a hardworking, honest, reliable and sincere man who will be missed by many. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Adams, of Berlin; his daughters, Maureen Adams and her partner, Ron Lackey, of Stowe, Tammy Cookson, of Cabot, and Jody Fewer and her husband, Jaime, of Barre Town; his son, Andrew Adams and his wife, Karen, of Cabot; his six grandchildren, Brock Cookson, of Cabot, Spencer, Camryn, Julia and Seth Fewer, of Barre Town, and Emma Adams, of Cabot; also great-grandson, Carter Morse, of Williamstown; as well as his daughter, Nancy McLaney, of Florida, and her daughters, Karissa Wright and children Kaden and Channer, and Lindsay Ermy and her husband, Danny, of Florida; his sister, Sandra Clark, of Barre Town; a sister-in-law, Thanna Adams, of Berlin; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Vaughn Adams; a sister, Brenda Bashaw and her husband, Art; his brother-in-law, Frank Clark; and a grandson, Logan Cookson. Kenneth's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Monica Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will take place in the Berlin Corner Cemetery at the convenience of the family in the spring. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com . Memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641; Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation, Resident Activity Fund, 378 Prospect St., Barre, VT 05641; or St. Monica Parish, 79 Summer St., Barre, VT 05641.
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