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Lawrence O. Adams

Lawrence O. Adams, 86, husband of Anna M. (Dragoni) of Liberty Street, Ipswich, died Sunday,  October 25, 2009 in the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI following his sudden illness.

Born in Ipswich May 25, 1923, son of the late  Lawrence O. and Madeline (Holland) Adams, he was raised in Ipswich, a 1941 graduate of Ipswich public schools. Married in 1942, the Adams made their home and raised their family on Liberty Street. Entering the Navy in 1944, he served as a machinist mate (Petty Officer 3rd class) in the Pacific  Theatre onboard the aircraft carrier USS Langley. Soon after his honorable discharge and his return to Ipswich he founded, owned and operated the Adams Tool Supply Company, serving the North Shore for more than thirty years. He retired in 1988.  

Mr. Adams was an avid golfer, and enjoyed countless hours playing cribbage with family and friends.

He was a longtime communicant of St Joseph's Church and Our Lady of Hope Parish, where for many years he served as an usher. He was also a life member of Ipswich V.F.W. Post #1093, a member of the Beverly Vittori Rocci Post #56,  the Wakefield Sons of Italy  Post #1734 where he had served as President, as well as a member of the Association of the First Corps of Cadets and the Rowley Country Club.

In addition to his wife of sixty-seven years he is survived by a son, John L. Adams and his wife Paula of Plymouth;  grandchildren John L. Adams, Jr.  and  wife Jennifer of Cumberland, RI, Julie Beuttel and husband Peter of Plymouth and Peter Adams of Plymouth; great grandson P.J. Beuttel of Plymouth and a sister Carol Augustus of Mystic, CT. He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

His funeral will be held Friday, Oct. 30, 8 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a Funeral Mass 9 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Rd., Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday 4 to 8 pm with a service by  Ipswich VFW  Post #1093  at 7 pm. Interment with Naval Honors will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich.


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