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Charles Jennison Adams Jr.

COLEBROOK — Charles Jennison Adams Jr. died at home in Colebrook Nov. 11, 2006, in the house he built and had lived in since 1957.

Mr. Adams, nicknamed "Brud," was born in Arlington, Mass., on May 24, 1923. After graduating from high school in Wethersfield, he joined the United States Navy in 1941. He served aboard the USS Rainier ammunition transport ship, the USS Albert T. Harris destroyer escort ship and the USS Siboney aircraft carrier. He rejoined civilian life in 1952.

Before moving to Colebrook, he lived in West Hartford and worked as a carpenter. In 1962, he joined the staff at the YMCA’s Camp Jewell, where he worked until his retirement in 1986. He was a supporter and former member of the Colebrook Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Colebrook Historical Society and the Senior and Community Center.

Mr. Adams is remembered as someone who freely gave help to people with no thought of return. He was a resourceful craftsman and a good-hearted, quiet man who loved walking his dogs around his pond and through his woods to peaceful "Big Rock."

He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth (Reycroft) Adams, who died in 2001, and his stepson, Gerald H. Foster.

He is survived by his stepchildren, William A. Foster of Omaha, Neb., and Penelope F. White of Colebrook; his sister, Jane Noble of Eastham, Mass.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Kenny Funeral Home, Norfolk, is in charge of arrangements. At Mr. Adams’ request, there will be no calling hours. A gathering in his honor will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Colebrook Historical Society from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Program of Foothills Visiting Nurse and Home Care, Inc., 32 Union St., Winsted, CT, 06098.

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