|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1926|
New Hampshire, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 2010|
New Hampshire, USA
New Hampshire hockey legend Albert E. "Al" Adams died on Sept. 7, 2010. He was born in Berlin NH on Sept. 3, 1926, to Joseph and Lillian (Fortin) Adams. He attended St. Joseph Grammar School and graduated from Berlin High School in 1944, where he was a three-sport athlete, co-captain of the varsity hockey team, and senior class president.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps after his 18th birthday in 1944 and was mainly stationed in Guam until his discharge in 1946. While in the Marines he was on the Marines Boxing Team. Upon returning to Berlin, he and a friend, Walter Fournier, hitchhiked to the University of New Hampshire in Durham to be admitted. They were told they had to return to high school to obtain more credits before entering the University. Al returned to Berlin High for his needed credits, which he always recalls as his best school year, since he got to play four sports!
In 1947 he enrolled in the University of New Hampshire. While there he was on the Student Council, President of Theta Kappa Phi Fraternity, played three years of varsity hockey, and graduated in 1951 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation he accepted a position with Brown Company's Engineering Department in Berlin and held that position until 1971. While working at Brown Co., Al organized and played softball in the company league and was the City of Berlin Tennis "Champion" several years in the 1950's. After leaving Brown Company, Al worked as an engineer on several construction projects throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Al Adams' association with the Berlin Maroons dates back to 1947. First as a player, he was a member of the fabled 1954 Maroons team that won a National Championship in 1954. In 1956, Al became player/coach and general manager of the Maroons. As General Manager, the Maroons won two more National Championships in 1967 and 1968. Because of Al's commitment to the game of hockey and the Berlin Community, the Maroons were respected competitors in Senior AHA hockey for the better part of a quarter of a century.
In 1969, when the Notre Dame Arena collapsed under a heavy snow, Al Adams was one of the first to step forward to volunteer his time and expertise as a civil engineer to help rebuild the arena which stands today.
Al served many leadership positions throughout his lifetime. They include being a Board Member and Executive Director of AHA New England, President of the Berlin Jaycees, and Vice President of the State of New Hampshire Jaycees in 1956. Al was honored by the Athletic Boosters Club of Berlin as "Mr. Sportsman of the Year" in 1963. In 1975, AHA New England honored him as "Mr. Hockey of the Year" and ultimately, in 2002, he was inducted as a charter member into the New Hampshire Hockey Hall of Fame.
Sports and family were his life. When he could no longer actively participate, he could be found watching a hockey, baseball, basketball, or football game on television all year round. If anything was happening to a member of his family such as a wedding, birthday, or holiday celebration, the party was not complete until Al arrived.
He is survived by his brother-in-law and best friend since high school, Leo Lemieux of Portland ME; sister-in-law Elizabeth Adams of Berlin; nieces Rita Haskins and husband Mike of Manchester NH, Pamela Lemieux of Portland ME, and Pauline Y. Tibbetts and husband Maurice (Mozes) of Berlin; nephews Roland Adams and companion Patricia Whittington of Newmarket NH, Ron Lemieux and wife Carol, John Lemieux of Portland ME, and Jim Lemieux and wife Debbie of Gorham ME; and several grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, and many dear friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Omer Adams of Berlin, and his sister Maria Lemieux of Portland ME.
(obituary from Bryant Funeral Home, Berlin NH)
Mount Calvary Cemetery
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: DogMama08
Record added: Oct 08, 2012
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