We, the family are broken hearted to announce the passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather, John ‘Jack’ Russell Adams on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Springhill on April 24, 1931, Jack was the son of the late Edward and Florence (McGowan) Adams.
Jack moved to Boston with his family at the age of 15. He worked for many years at a major manufacturing company making large industrial wiring cable. In 1975 he returned to Canada with his family settling in Cape Breton. He worked at Westburne and then drove taxi in Sydney until retiring.
Besides being a good provider to his family, Jack was a fun guy and always made you feel welcomed in his home by offering you a cup of tea and something sweet to go with your drink. He loved the outdoors, for Jack was an avid fisherman and hunter. Jack did everything at his own pace, for he was not a man to be hurried, for he would be quite content to relax by reading a book or doing many wood projects. He loved making rocking horses for all the kids.
He liked returning to Boston to visit family and friends, and also to Florida to visit his sister. In 2007, he traveled to California to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary with his soul mate, Shirley. Everyone who knew Jack knew that he was a diehard Boston Bruins, Patriots, and Red Sox fan, for he would wear all his Boston garments like a proud peacock for everyone to see. Jack will be truly missed by his family and friends for being so full of mischief because no one could tell a joke like him, and most of all, for being kind and gentle.
Jack leaves behind his loving wife, Shirley (Grant) Adams; children, John Adams, Sydney, Sandra (Seward) MacLean, Sydney and Walter Adams, Boxborough, Massachusetts, and his grandchildren, Nicholas, Sarah (Steve), Kelly, Jarrett and Lesley, who were his pride and joy. Jack is also survived by his sister, Nedda Heath, California; as well as many brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Jack was predeceased by his sister, Eileen Fullerton, brothers-in-law, Gordon Fullerton, George Heath, Willard Grant and Roy Grant, sister-in-law, Shirley Grant and daughters-in-law, Heather Adams and Carole Anne Adams.
Visitation for the late John ‘Jack’ Russell Adams will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street), from 6-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate the life of Jack will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at 10 a.m. in Bethel Presbyterian Church with Rev. Robert Lyle officiating. Following the service a reception will be held in the church hall. Interment will take place in MacDonald Cemetery, Northside Boularderie.
Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Jack may be made to your charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
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My sincere condolences to you and your family Shirley. I'll always remember Jackie in his earlier years at West Cottage St., how he was always smiling and treating me like I was his little brother I really enjoyed his company and several trips when he'd take me fishing off the sea wall in Squantum @the foot of the Long Island Bridge.I was nine years younger than him and looked up to him then.Now when I look up I'll always remember his smile and be happy I got to see him a few years ago on a trip to Cape Breton. His smile still hadn't changed. I'm sure he generated many more memories to help you all through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, Sincerely; John McGowan
My deepest condolences to the family in the passing of your loved one,he will always be remembered for his wonderful smile and a great heart as I drove Taxi with John many years ago and he was the same as he was always. A fine and wonderful gentleman.
From: Edward MacPherson
Sending our condolences although I have just discovered this on the Internet and would like to say I'm so sorry to read of Jackie's passing. We were connected through family and Jackie's mother Florence was related to my mother Jean maclean. I remember visits from Jackie and Shirley and their two children along with Florence to our home in Sydney mines.
From: Lois MacLean Boudreau