Children mourn the unexpected passing of their beloved father, lifelong learner, and patriarch of his family. Born in New Haven, Conn. in 1927, son of Dr. Norman Ilsley Adams, Jr, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Yale University and Genevieve Alexander Sloan, Norman followed in his father's footsteps and made his career in math and science. He graduated from Yale University at age 19 and received his PhD in Physics in 1955 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was there that he met his partner in life, Florence May Wheelock; they married in 1955. Norman is survived by his four children, Pamela George Adams of Durham, N.C. , Sarah Adams Hayden of Newburyport, Mass., Norman Ilsley Adams IV of Palo Alto, Calif., and Daniel Wheelock Adams of Wilton, Conn. and six grandchildren, Alison Babcock Adams, Samantha Rose Adams, Andrew Reed Adams, Daniel Robert Adams, Matthew Sterling Hayden, and Josephine Arkuran Adams. He was predeceased by his wife Florence of 58 years and by his only brother, Harry Bell Adams, who died just ten days earlier.
Norman was employed as a Senior Staff Scientist at Perkin Elmer Corporation in Norwalk, Conn. He worked on design and development of laboratory analysis instrumentation and medical diagnostic equipment, and on a variety of government and aerospace projects. His capacity for solving complex problems was a rare gift which he continued to express throughout the years following his retirement. Norman maintained connections with his alumni associations and academic societies, and read a wide range of publications to keep abreast of current developments in science, technology, engineering and math. His interests in these fields continued throughout his life and were often topics of conversation with his children and grandchildren. A true wordsmith, Norman loved to use his wit to offer a well-timed pun, and he always had time for the Sunday New York Times Crossword puzzle, which he completed each week for the last fifty years in ink. A voracious reader, with myriad interests, Norman lived by the motto, "Ancora Imparo" -- I am still learning -- a plaque that hung in his well-stocked library.
Norman contributed many volunteer hours to organizations in his community. When living in Wilton, Connecticut where the children all attended the public schools, Norman became involved with the Board of Education and served as chairman during the period that initiated Project Concern, a program that attempted to address racial segregation. Later he went on to help design and install an early Wilton bike trail and volunteered at the Connecticut Genealogy & LDS Family History Center in New Canaan. When Norman and Florence retired to Brewster, Mass., he became involved with Orleans Community Television, then served on the Brewster Cable Television Advisory Committee during the license renewal process, and ultimately became a founding member of the Lower Cape Cod Community Access Television. Norman tutored a number of students in math and science. Although a scientist by trade, he had a keen artistic eye and enjoyed the arts. He sang with the Yale Glee Club while in college and continued to enjoy music throughout his life. Norman and Florence held season tickets to the New York Metropolitan Opera while living in Connecticut, and, once retired, regularly tuned in to the Metropolitan Opera Sunday Matinee radio broadcasts.
Descended from Robert Adams, first settler of Newbury, Mass., Norman leaves his children with a detailed family history which he assembled through years of meticulous genealogical research augmenting and providing context for materials passed down through the family. In the course of his genealogical work, Norman noted the quotidian usually went unrecorded. Hoping to provide such information to future genealogists, historians, and sociologists, he maintained detailed diaries in a collection of "day notes" which as his children are discovering provide a unique and unexpected view into the fascinating mind of their brilliant, gentle father who truly was a renaissance man.
Norman spent his childhood summers with his family in Randolph, hiking in the valley bounded by the north slope of the Presidential Range and the south slope of the Crescent Range. In 1946 he served as one of the first caretakers of Nelson Smith's Crag Camp. A longtime member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Old Hutman's Association, and Randolph Mountain Club, Norman spent his summer vacations in Randolph with Florence and the children, hiking the trails with tools ready to clear any fallen limbs or trees. Norman and Florence will be buried together in the Randolph Cemetery this summer with familiar views of the mountains where many fond family memories remain.
A Celebration of Life Service is planned for Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, Mass. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Norman Ilsley Adams III to The Randolph Foundation, PO Box 283, Gorham, New Hampshire 03581.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 18:53
Alphonse S. "Al" Bosa, a longtime resident of Champlain Street, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Coos County Nursing following a period of declining health. He was 90.
Born on January 24, 1925 in Berlin, he was the son of Peter and Elizabeth (Ottolini) Bosa.
Al grew up on the East Side and attended Berlin Schools. On April 19, 1947 he married Louise LeBorgne and they raised six daughters and two sons. Together they owned and operated Berlin Plumbing and Heating where Louise assisted as secretary.
Al served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a communicant of St. Kieran's Church and now St. Anne Church of Good Shepard Parish. In earlier years, he enjoyed hunting and spending time with family.
Besides his wife Louise who died December 28, 2013, he is pre-deceased by his parents, three brothers, Rudolph, John, and Richard Bosa, and a son in law, Richard Lamoureux.
He leaves six daughters: Elizabeth Russell and her husband Robert of Conway, Jane Lamoureux of Millville, Mass., Linda Veillette and her husband Real of Milford, Sylvia Kenny and her husband Richard of Londonderry, Sharon Kaminski and her husband Ret. Col. Michael S. Kaminski, USA of Dunbarton, NH, and Victoria Morin and her husband David of Pelham. Sons: Robert Bosa and his wife Linda of Concord, and William Bosa and his wife Jill of Crestwood, Ky. Grandchildren: Debra Parsons and husband Michael, Erin Russell, John Lamoureux and wife Sandy, Amy Felix and husband John, David Veillette, James Veillette, Samantha Cestarich and husband Joe, Caitlyn Kenny, Stacie Doeren and husband David, Stephen Kaminski, Alexander Kaminski, Karisa Morin, Jessica Morin, Angie Martin, Noah Bosa, and Madison Bosa. Great-grandchildren: Erica, Spencer, Sierra, Aiden, Devon, Anna, Destinee, Cameron, Abigail, Dominic, Aaron, Addison, and Elaina; two sisters Alda Sinibaldi of Berlin and Margaret Caso of Waltham, Mass., several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday, March 16 at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin. Burial will follow at St. Kieran's Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held prior to the Mass from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 16 at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin. (Use School St entrance)
Memorial donations may be made to the Activity Fund, c/o Coos County Nursing Home, PO Box 416, Berlin, NH 03570
Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 20:07
Funeral services for Marie D. Roy, 81, of Berlin, were held on March 5, 2015 at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, followed by prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Kyle Stanton. The pall was placed by Tina Duval, Tracie Pepin, Krystal Roy and Olivia Dame, the crucifix was placed by her husband Alcide Roy. The readings were done by Krystal Roy and Tina Duval, the gifts were presented by David Roy and Christina Roy. Interment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The pall bearers were Corey Roy, Nicholas Roy, Willard Couture, Joel Duval, Billy Dame, and Tommy Abelli. Many relatives and friends attended the service.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 20:07
Funeral Services for Rene R. Bourbeau, 49, of Berlin, were held on Monday March 2, 2015 at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, following prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Andrew Nelson. The pall was placed by his daughter Maranda Bourbeau, his parents Robert and Laurette Bourbeau and his siblings Lisa Marquis, Claude Bourbeau, Sylvia Lowe, Diane Bourbeau and Paul Borbeau and the crucifix was placed by Maranda Bourbeau and Robert and Laurette Bourbeau. The readings were by Linda Belanger and Cecile Dumoulin, the gifts were presented by Maranda Bourbeau and Rayna Bourbeau. Interment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Father Andrew read the committal prayers. The pall bearers were Paul Bourbeau, Claude Bourbeau, Tommy Belanger, Dillon Lowe, Chuck Lowe and Randy Tardif. Many relatives and friends attended the service.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 20:06