Obituary for William Anthony "Bill" Adams Jr.
It is with great sadness that the family of William A. “Bill” Adams, Jr. announces his passing on December 22, 2017. He fought a courageous battle against lung cancer. He passed peacefully at home with his family by his side.
Bill was born to William A. Adams, Sr. and Evangeline Adams in Rumford, Maine on August 13, 1948. He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Judy Bowen and Elaine Beals.
Bill attended Stephens High School in Rumford, ME and went on to graduate from Gorham State College, where he was captain of both the basketball and golf teams.
After college, Bill began a career in secondary education, teaching U.S. History and Drivers Education at Erskine Academy for 38 years. Many of his family members and students can attest to their excellent ability to parallel park as Bill had the perfect algorithm for any parking job.
As athletics were a huge part of Bill’s life growing up and during his college years, he continued to partake in sports as a referee. Bill was a highly respected official in both college and high school basketball and soccer as evidenced by the many state championships and regional championships that he was selected to officiate. As an assignor, every official remembers when Bill called them, he would say “Write this down!”
Bill also encouraged his son and daughter to participate in many athletic and extra-curricular activities. He never missed a swim meet, cross-country race, soccer game, basketball game, or lacrosse match. He quickly picked up the rules of any new sport his kids decided to try and was always their biggest fan. He instilled a strong work ethic in his kids, helped practice athletic skills, and encouraged them to never give up as hard work pays off.
He was a proud member of the Phi Mu Delta Fraternity, Maine Soccer Officials Association, National Association of Soccer Officials, and was a past President of the New England Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association, as well as a past President and Assignor for Board #20 International Association of Basketball Officials.
Bill enjoyed trips to California and Las Vegas to visit his children. He also enjoyed going to Mohegan Sun and to Major League Baseball games with his childhood friend, John Anastasio.
He is survived by his son William A. Adams, III of Los Angeles, CA; his daughter Erika Jane Adams of Sacramento, CA; his daughter Amy Adams Arthur and her husband, Wayne, and their two kids, Jack and Caroline of Hopkinton, MA; his sister Jane Amero; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family plans to hold a Celebration of Life Ceremony in the summer of 2018.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.