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Richard J. Adams, 81

NORTHFIELD — Richard J. Adams, 81, a lifelong resident of Northfield died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at his home in Northfield, with his family at his side, following a lengthy illness.

Richard was born December 21, 1931, son of the late, Theodore and Rose (Murphy) Adams. He was a graduate of the Tilton-Northfield High School, class of 1949. He joined the U. S. Navy, serving for four years during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Monssen. Following his tour of duty he returned home and was employed at Webster Valve Company in Franklin for several years. He later began a long career with the U. S. Postal Service in Tilton, first as a letter carrier, then post office clerk and retiring as an assistant officer. He continued his own contract mail delivery service until age 73. He was a volunteer firefighter for many years.

Richard enjoyed walking and playing shuffleboard with his brothers. He had a great fondness for playing golf, softball and played ping pong in a league. Richard certainly enjoyed talking with friends, the outdoors, bird watching, fishing and was a strong supporter of the Red Sox. He was predeceased by a sister, Kathleen Buczynski.

He leaves his wife of 57 years, Shirley (Gates) Adams of Northfield; daughter Andrea Adams and her husband Robert Goeman of Exeter and their children, Valerie and Barrett Goeman; son Anthony Adams of Northfield; brothers Neil Adams of Tilton, Norman Adams of Northfield, William Adams of Northfield; nieces, nephew and cousins.

Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton with a service immediately following at 2:30 in the Memorial Home. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Tilton.

Contributions in Richard's name may be made to the charity of one's choice.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com


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