William (Bill) H. Adams, 83, Retied Newton Fire Lt., Naval Veteran


MARLBOROUGH – William (Bill) H. Adams, 83, of Marlboro passed away April 22, 2020.  Beloved husband of the late Ann E (Keeler) Adams. 

Devoted father to his five children William Peterson and his wife Luanne of Ashland, Kathleen O’Brien-Maki and her husband Donald of Fort Myers FL, Richard Adams and his wife Rita of Natick, Paula Guitard and her husband Paul of Northborough, and Anthony who died soon after birth.  Proud grandfather, fondly known as Papa to his 9 grandchildren, Shannon Kizik, Brendan O’Brien, Carleigh Peterson, Jake Peterson, Erin O’Brien, Hunter Adams, Cody Adams, Connor Guitard, Ryan Guitard.  Best friend to Tod Dog.

Bill honorably served in the US Navy from 1956 to 1962. 

Following the Navy, Bill joined the City of Newton’s Fire Department in 1965.  He focused on his career and earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science.  Bill’s career took him on a path to become one of the first EMTs in the City of Newton and merited the respected title of lieutenant in 1985.

Bill enjoyed watching the Red Sox at both Fenway and JetBlue Park.  He especially enjoyed Red Sox Opening Day with his sons at Kennedy’s Pub where they cheered over a bucket of Corona, a sausage, pepper and onion sub and a cup of home-made clam chowder.

Bill’s last words to his children and grandchildren were that he was “humbled and proud”, a true testament to how he lived his life. This is an excerpt from Ann and Bill’s favorite song ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ by Tom Jones:

 “Arm in arm, we’ll walk at daybreak.  Again I touch the green, green grass of home”  

Bill is now home with his beloved Annie and baby Anthony.  The family would like to send a warm and grateful thank you to Bill’s nurse Karen at Marlboro hospital for the love and personal care she gave him on his final day.

Due to COVID-19 public health guidance, the family will honor and remember William in private.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in the name of his beloved wife, Ann E Adams to the American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org

Arrangements by Matarese Funeral Home in Ashland.


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