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Wayne Adams

Wayne Thomas Adams

Saturday, May 24th, 1941 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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Obituary

Kennebunkport

Wayne Thomas Adams, 79 years, a longtime Kennebunkport resident and well known attorney, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Maine Medical Center in Portland following a brief illness.

Wayne was born May 24, 1941 in Biddeford, ME, a son of Donald Thomas and Velda (Garvin) Adams. He attended Kennebunkport schools, graduating from Kennebunk High School. Wayne earned a bachelor’s degree at Bowdoin College and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Chicago.

Wayne served his country in the United States Army, serving active duty in Vietnam and retired from the Army Active Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having served as Military Intelligence Officer. He also served five years in the Foreign Service of the State Department during which time he was a Vice Consul in Brussels.

During his remarkable career, he practiced law for 35 years at Reagan and Adams in Kennebunk before venturing out on his own for several years. He spent the last 15 delightful years at Bergen and Parkinson before retiring this year.

Wayne had a firm belief in public and community service, serving as long-time town meeting moderator for both Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. He served as a past commodore of the Kennebunk River Club, a member of the Arundel Yacht Club, member and past president of the Kennebunk Rotary Club, a vestryman and member of St. David’s Episcopal Church as well as St. Ann’s Episcopal Church. Wayne was a long-time active member and Past Master of Arundel Lodge, No. 76 in Kennebunkport, where he was instrumental in re-establishing the Lafayette Chapter Order of DeMolay. He was also elected and served as Grand Master of Masons for the State of Maine in 2000 and 2001. He served the Craft in many capacities including the Masonic Education and Lodge Services (MEALS) Committee and was a long-standing Director of the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation and Chairman of its Disbursement Committee. Wayne was a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Portland, where he served. as Sovereign Prince of Portland Council Princes of Jerusalem. Wayne was coroneted an Honorary 33rd Degree Mason in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a member of Murray Chapter #20, RAM, Maine Council #7, R&SM, St. Amand Commandery #20, Knights Templar, a Noble of Kora Shrine Temple AAONMS and was a past director of PUT Stevens, Royal Order of Jesters. He was also a contributor to various Masonic periodicals and because of his broad knowledge and quick wit was often called on for speaking engagements.

In his spare time Wayne enjoyed developing Adams Woods Preserve, working his Christmas tree farm on his property and spending time with friends and family.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Catherine Jones Adams in 2017.

Survivors include his son, Bradford Adams and his wife Clara Long and their children Sage and Luca of Oakland, CA; daughter Sarah O’Sullivan and husband Brian and their son Logan Douglas of Kennebunkport; and daughter Emily Adams and her husband Joel Aguilar and their children Goya and Lorenzo of Oaxaca, Mexico; his brother, Bruce Adams of Kennebunkport; his companion, Diane Denk and by a wide circle of friends throughout the state.

Due to the current Covid 19 guidelines, private graveside services will be held at Arundel Cemetery on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation, PO Box 430, Holden, ME 04439 or to Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, PO Box 7004, Cape Porpoise, ME 04014.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Wayne’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043. www.bibbermemorial.com
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    Arundel Cemetery
    Address
    65 Walkers Lane
    KENNEBUNKPORT, ME 04046
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Due to concerns of Covid – 19, a private graveside service will be held at the family lot in Arundel Cemetery, Kennebunkport

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W. Daniel Hill

Posted at 01:32pm
I have been involved with many, many good men in my masonic involvements but Wayne was special among them. He was a mentor, a counselor, a friend and I delighted in being around him. He has been a complement to my existence and I am a better person because of him. I will miss him in my life and ever hope to deserve fellowship with him again. May you, his family, find comfort in his life so well spent and reflect his goodness in your own. God Bless And Keep You Always.

W. Daniel Hill
Mount Vernon, Maine
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Jane Frankland

Posted at 09:31pm
We were so sorry to see Wayne's obituary in the paper. Wayne was always a friend and very helpful to us and my parents, Virginia (Ding) and Maurice Littlefield. We would see Wayne at the Bowdoin gatherings that we took my father to, and he was always so glad to see us. Besides all the Masonic and Eastern Star events, we did run into each other quite often. Wayne was a blessing to everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed. We wish you all our sympathy and pray that the memories you have will see you through this time of sorrow. God Bless you. Gary and Jane Frankland
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John Rupert Buckley

Posted at 01:01pm
After the Vietnam conflict and the ending of the draft, the military shifted some of its focus in military training onto the Reserve Components - which brought together Wayne and I in an Army Reserve unit; the 1033rd USAR School.

So, for some forty years we have been in continuous contact – from one annual military “summer camp” to another. We also developed friends across the spectrum of enlisted and officer ranks; in several Army Reserve units. A “plethora” of them, he was wont to say.

You see, the Reserve Army was a ‘come as you are’ operation; a stand-by teaching support arm to the Active Army.

My friend offered many unconventional solutions to seemly intractable military training problems that somehow always worked.

We shared many fascinating military vignettes about which we’d chuckle during our numerous lunches over so many years.

He never missed a call to wish me a happy birthday, declined an invitation to a special “Buckley” event, or failed to appear in my hospital room when I was recuperating from this or that malady. He was a true gentleman and a loyal friend.

From our earliest days, I ‘ve admired his ethics, values and stoic demeanor.
Indeed, he once said to me; “John. . . truth will always appear, in the full measure of time” . . .

I can hear him still, even today.

D

Donald Oakes

Posted at 11:31am
Wayne was uncommon man, he lived what he said And beloved every day. His Integrity was without question, his honestly was boundless He became close to my son of late, as my son was Interested in the Craft. Wayne not only sponsored him, but was a mentor as well. He is a man to be emulated. I knew Wayne for over 25 years and can honesty say he was head and shoulders, In more ways than one, about most. It is with a sad heart I write this and to the family, you have much to be proud of in your Father, and it is with the deepest regards, I Offer my condolences. Donald Oakes
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Gail Preble

Posted at 02:41pm
Sarah, Bradford and Emily, I was very saddened to learn of your dad's sudden passing. I will always think of him with a big smile and a hearty laugh and as a man that chose his words thoughtfully and carefully. He was a man that loved his family, his farm, his town and his country. I have been admiring his flowers each time I drive by the farm; his was a life well lived for sure. You, and all your families, are in my thoughts and prayers.

Gail Preble
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