February 13, 1936 – March 2, 2021
Melvin “Mel” George Adams passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at the age of 85 in the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.
Mel was born in Ponoka, Alberta on February 13, 1936. He grew up in Ponoka and graduated from high school in Lumby, B.C.
He returned to Alberta to work with his dad, and it was then that he met the love of his life at the Ponoka Stampede dance in 1955. After their first dance, he knew she was the one.
Mel & Katie would spend nearly 65 years together in marriage, they started out in Vancouver and then moved to Cranbrook, B.C., in 1958. He worked as a car salesman for 20 years and then went on to work at Beaver Lumber building sheds. Mel held various jobs involving home repair which earned him the nickname ‘the Handyman.’
Mel and Katie raised four daughters and enjoyed going salmon fishing together on Vancouver Island in the summers. In the last years of his life, Mel suffered from dementia and was cared for by Katie at home.
Special thanks to Dr. Brown and the nursing staff at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital who showed great care in his last days.
Mel is survived by his wife Katie (Staldeker) Adams, and daughters, Cathy Reid, Rita (Chris) Mullin, Lorrie Pinchak, and Mary Adams; 5 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren, his two brothers Jack and Merle Adams.
He was predeceased by his father George Adams, his mother Amy (Williams) Adams, sister Eileen (Adams) Watts, and son in law Donald Reid.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to either the Diabetes Society https://www.diabetes.ca/ or Alzheimer’s Society of B.C., https://alzheimer.ca/bc is appreciated.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.
Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com
McPherson Funeral Service
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