BUCKSPORT – Melvin “Mel” Adams, 83, passed away peacefully March 20, 2009, with family at his side at a hospital in Bangor. Mel attended Central High School, North New Portland, where he left after his junior year to join the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a boxer and excellent baseball player. After the Army he returned to Maine, where he attended Farmington State Teachers College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1950. During those years he met his future bride, Doris Leach of Bucksport and was a starting pitcher for the college baseball team. After college he built a dairy bar directly across from the ball field entrance and went on to teach in Richmond, Rumford and Rockland, and then Hampton, Va. In 1959 he earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Maine, and subsequently had a successful career as elementary school teacher and principal in the Attleboro, Mass., school system, where he became the first principal for Studley Elementary School and provided guidance and mentoring to hundreds of students. During those years he became a certified school psychologist, started Attleboro Municipal Credit Union, built the family home, drove the 24 hours to Daytona, Fla., every February to watch Richard Petty run in the Daytona 500 and spend the rest of the week surf fishing with his dad. Always whistling, the eternal optimist, and unwilling to let summers pass him by, he and the family owned and operated Pine Shore Motel and Cottages, East Orland, where he met and became lifelong friends with many wonderful people. After retirement he and his wife spent several winters in Florida and spent summers at the lake in Maine. He loved to fish, travel, watch NASCAR and the Red Sox, and spend time around the grill with family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Doris of Bucksport; three sons, Steven and his wife, Beverly, Gary and his fiancee, Gloria Basford, and David and Judy; a daughter, Debra Gordon; grandchildren, Amy, Gabriel, Christy, Billy, Melissa, Delmore, Ian and Nicole; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Harley and Quintin; brother and sisters-in-law, Norris and Gladys Leach and Phyllis Leach; numerous special nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Franklin Street Methodist Church, Bucksport. A committal service will be held noon Monday, June 22, at Maine State Cemetery, Augusta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be placed at www.directcremationofmaine.com.