Obituary: Henry C. Adams – Portland Press Herald

Henry C. Adams

CAP ELIZABETH – Henry C. Adams, 100, passed away peacefully at Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough surrounded by his family on Friday August 13, 2021. He lived a fulfilled life that embodied “the greatest generation.” Henry was born April 18, 1921, in Providence, RI, to Carroll E. and Dorothy French Adams. He grew up in Pawtucket, RI, and spent his summers on the family farm in East Charlemont, Mass. After graduating from Pawtucket High School, Henry continued his studies at Brown University where he majored in geology and was a member of Beta Theta Pi. Henry was appointed a second lieutenant in the military on the 14th. February 1942. He proudly served in World War II; was a veteran of the Battle of Guadalcanal and a chemical officer to the commander of Joint Task Force One and Bikini Atoll bomb testing. Henry retired on March 15, 1972, having attained the rank of colonel. Henry worked for the New England Telephone Company for over 30 years, retiring as assistant vice president in Portland. While working for the company, he was also chairman of the board of directors of the Capital Business and Assistance Corporation, an offshoot of the Portland Model Cities program. Henry was devoted to his family and lived in Cape Elizabeth, where with his wife Barbara, they raised their two sons. They were communicants from the First Congregational Church in South Portland. He served on Cape Elizabeth City Council for nine years, two of which were elected president. He was also part of the planning committee. He has served as Treasurer and Boy Scout Leader of the Local Boy Scout Troop and received the Silver Beaver Award for his lifetime commitment to Boy Scouts. He has served as Rescue Unit Volunteer and Treasurer, Member of the Maine Street 90 Committee, Chairman of the Cape Elizabeth Downtown Subcommittee, Riverside Cemetery Administrator, Local Election Officer and Mercy Hospital volunteer as well than the Hospice du Maine. Henry was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. In 2004, Henry received the South Portland / Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club Service Above Self Award. One of Henry’s many accomplishments was his involvement in the preservation of Fort Williams Park and the development of the museum at Portland Head Light, as chairman of the Fort Williams Advisory Board. Henry was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara (Morton). Her two sons, David and Joann (Gerken) of Oakton, Va., And Peter and Marie (Fournier) of Cape Elizabeth, survive. He is also survived by two grandchildren and four great grandchildren: Barbara (Adams) and Aaron Cormier and their children Daniel and Sarah of Simsbury, Connecticut and Peter and Page (Hayes) and their two children Clay and Graham of Bloomfield, Connecticut. The family would like to recognize and thank all of the members of the Maine Veterans’ Home for the care they provided to Henry. There will be a private funeral service at Mayflower Cemetery in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Online condolences can be expressed at In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to: Maine Veterans’ Home290 US Route OneScarborough, ME 04074https: //

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