Obituary For Thomas Adams
Thomas Adams, a retired air traffic controller, poker player, comedian/dad joke aficionada and avid recycler/waste management advisor, passed away unexpectedly in his 80th year at Halifax, NS. While thought by many to have nine lives, on May 11th, 2021, he sadly proved that myth wrong.
When asked where he was from, Tom never hesitated to tell people he was born on the “Old Caledonian Run”, (Norris Arm, NL) to Peter (Skipper) and Theresa Adams (both deceased). He loved and was always there to help his siblings, Mary (deceased), Richard, Jim/Mary, and Margaret (Blackmore) and all his nieces and nephews.
He met the love of his life Mary (nee Haggett) while working on the Hudson at the Bedford Institute. She was always the winning hand, a “Royal Flush” in his eyes. A perfect “Pocket Pair”, they spent 55 precious years together. He was proud of their “Full House”, Gail Adams (Aaron & Lucas Hoyles), Peter/Tanya Adams (Victoria, Jack & Michael), Kim Adams-Jackson/Kevin Dorsey (Thomas), June Adams Chiasson/Kirk Chiasson (Mary, Brad & Kate ), and David/Colleen Adams (Emma, Nicholas & Sam).
When it came to enjoying his life, Tom was “All In”.
He never found a poker table that he didn’t like, whether it was in Gander, NL (Father’s Place & Corner Pocket), Phoenix, AZ (Gila River), Ottawa, ON (Lac Leamy), Moncton, NB (Casino New Brunswick) or Halifax, NS (Casino Nova Scotia) and made many friends over love of the game.
On May 11th, 2021, while he was waiting for his turn at the “Bad Beat”, with a hand that should always win, Tom folded his final hand, winning his final round of the jackpot of life.
Although asked many times, he never revealed his favourite, but that is okay because he will always be our favourite. Forever to be loved and missed by Mary and family.
As per Tom’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held sometime in the future when family and friends can gather. In lieu of flowers, Mary asks that you do an act of helpfulness in Tom’s memory or send memorial donations to the QEII Foundation in Halifax, NS.
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