Perry – H. Richard Adams, 85, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Richard was born in Perry on February 29, 1936, son of Herbert and Evelyn (Bishop) Adams.
After graduating from Shead High School, Class of 1953, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was stationed in Southwest Harbor. Following his service, he worked for the Eastport Water Co. and later for Bangor Hydro from which he retired. On June 16, 1956, he married Cynthia Thompson.
Richard loved staying active in his community. He served on the Perry School Board for nearly 30 years, Perry Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years where he served as Fire Chief, was a Scout Leader, volunteered with the Eastport Little League, and served on the Perry Planning Board and as a Town Selectman.
Richard was a faithful member of the North Perry United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee and the offertory steward. He was a member of Tremont Lodge #77 A.F. & A.M. in Southwest Harbor, Crescent Royal Arch Chapter #26 in Pembroke, St. Croix Royal Arch Chapter #17 in Calais, Hugh de Paynes Commandery #15 Knights Templar in Calais, Pennamaquan Chapter #146 O.E.S., Orion Chapter #45 O.E.S., and a former member of Anah Shriner’s in Bangor. Richard also was a member of Fred Mitchell Post #11 American Legion in Eastport.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters, Mary Ann Adams, Patricia Metcalf and Ethel Hughey; and a brother Wilford Adams. Surviving are his beloved wife of 64 years, Cynthia Adams; two children, Peter Adams and wife Betsey of Norwich, CT, and Priscilla Adams of Bridgeville, DE; two grandchildren, Christopher Adams and Lindsey Mariano and husband Kevin of CT; two great-grandchildren, Emily and Lucas Mariano of CT; several nieces and nephews; numerous friends; and his extended family at North Perry United Methodist Church.
In keeping with Richard’s wishes, there will be no service at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s memory may be made to either the North Perry United Methodist Church, PO Box 145, Perry, ME 04667 or the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Paula Frost, 451 Old Eastport Rd., Perry, ME 04667. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.