Thomas “Tom” M. Adams

Thomas “Tom” M. Adams

Thomas “Tom” Michael Adams

Starksboro- Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend

Thomas “Tom” Michael Adams of Starksboro passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, September 4th surrounded by his family.  

If you asked a hundred people who Tom Adams was, they would all give you a variety of answers.  A husband.  A father.  A grandfather.  An electrician.  A mechanic.  A comedian.  A fireman.  A carpenter.  An inventor.  Mr. Fixit and many more.  All these descriptions would be true of this amazing man.  There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or figure out.  

Tom worked hard as a master electrician for 50 years.  With a young family he took a risk and started his own business in 1976.  He takes with him an undefinable amount of knowledge and a work ethic that can’t be quantified.  He would tell stories of the many jobs he worked on and the people that he met along the way.  He left quite the impression on those that were blessed to have met him.  He was dependable, hard working, and one of the most generous people you could ever meet.  

Tom has a close circle of friends through his love of Street Rods and membership in the Vermont Street Rod Club.  He spent many hours in his “Man Cave” or garage building his cars from the frame up.  He loved to travel each summer to car shows even with the occasional breakdown in the hot summer heat!  It was another story to share and a problem to figure out.

Tom also formed long lasting friendships through his work as a volunteer firefighter in the Starksboro Fire Department.  He served his community for 21 years.  Tom, along with a few others, also started the Bristol Rescue Squad.  

Tom was a man of few words, but what he didn’t express, he showed with his actions.  No one knew this better than his wife and “other half” of 52 years, three daughters, son-in-law and his “icing on the cake” grandchildren.  He loved them more than anything and made sure they all knew this.  He is survived by his wife, Peggy, three daughters, Theresa (Carl) Gile, Sarsh (Chris) Scrodin, Jessica (David) Antonioli and six grandchildren, Colby and Madison Gile, Savannah and Caleb Scrodin, and Avery and Maddox Antonioli.  In addition, he is predeceased by his father, Wayne Adams and mother, Rita (Benoit) Adams.  He is survived by his siblings, Dennis Adams, Diane Orvis, Janet Orvis, Laura Bouvier, Mark Adams, Lee Butler and predeceased by Jean Bedard.

A special thank you to Addison County Home Health and Hospice team for their loving care and support during his final days.  Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Dr. Roger Giroux, a doctor that went above and beyond.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:00pm, Saturday, September 11th at Cota Recreation Field located on State Prison Hollow Road in Starksboro.  If it rains, it will take place at the Starksboro Fire Department.  Please bring a lawn chair to this casual event.  Also, due to the number of expected guests, masks are encouraged.  

In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Starksboro Fire Department or Addison County Home Health and Hospice.  

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Pam & Brian Ladeau
2 years ago

Our heartfelt condolences to All of Tom’s family…..May you keep the memories close to your hearts !

Eugene and Linda Cousino
2 years ago

Our prayers go out to you Peggy and your family. Tom was a wonderful person and hard worker. I remember his wry sense of humor. God be with you during this sad time.

Woody Woodward
2 years ago

Peggy, such sad news. He was such a long time friend. Karen & I were so sad to hear this . Vermont has lost an amazing street rodder and ambassador for our hobby. He will be long remembered and his story told over & over again going forward. Our deep condolences to you and his favorite girls, who he could never stop talking about. His love for the four of you, was always so evident . From the time we first met at the very first Vermont Rod Run, till when we last met in Burlington. It seems like yesterday, RIP Tom till we meet again.
Woody & Karen Woodward – Bristol County Street Rods.

Pauline Fallon
2 years ago

“My deepest sympathies to the entire family. I absolutely loved Tom; he was like my Vermont dad, particularly when I was a late teen and in my 20’s. I truly loved that we would meet up for breakfast when I was up visiting withSarah and Chris back in the day. Sending all my love and hugs to everyone. My deepest sympathies, Pauline Fallon”

Pat and Jim MERRIGAN
2 years ago

Sad to hear of Tom’s passing, our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Just know he is in a better place now and he will live on through you all with the wonderful memories you’ve shared throughout his amazing life. With sincere sympathy,
Jim and Pat Merrigan

Brown Mcclay Funeral Homes