EDDINGTON – Philip L. Adams, 86, husband of Hilma (Hodgdon) Adams, died, April 22, 2012, at home with his family by his side, after a long battle with bladder cancer and congestive heart failure. He was born Jan. 17, 1926, in Eddington, son of George Roland and Esther (Page) Adams.
He never missed a day of school or a day of work in his entire life. He still holds the Silver Dollar he was awarded at the No. 3 School House for perfect attendance. He was drafted by the Army Air Force July 7, 1944, and served as a nose gunner on the B-24 in World War II. After receiving an honorable discharge Oct. 20, 1946, he came back to the family farm and went in to the school bus business with his father. He was the first "big yellow school bus driver" in the town, on which he met and married the love of his life. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary, April 17, 2012. He cut pine trees off the family wood lot, hauled the logs to the mill, and had them sawed and planed. He hauled them back to Eddington where he built his first house moving in with his young family on Thanksgiving Day in 1960. Every Sunday morning around the kitchen table he would do his comedic performance until the room rocked with laughter. He taught his boys how to work in the hayfields and in the woods, and how to read the Bangor Daily News from the first page to the last. He planted a 45-foot "old rose" hedge in front of the house that was enjoyed by many that passed by. He constructed a basketball post and hoop so the boys could improve their shooting skills and he built a giant swing for his wife out of cedar from the wood lot. He always practiced good manners and continued to open doors for his wife for as long as he could walk. After 20 years of the school bus business he then worked for Bridge Construction and Cianbro, all the while tending to his hayfields, gardens and woodland. In 1995, he went in to the real estate business with his wife and son, Philip Jr. He enjoyed restoring and building new houses. In August 2009, still never missing a day of work, retired to his Eddington farmland. Next to his family he loved his tractors, hayfields, woodlot, waterfalls, and his mustang convertible the best.
Last fall he was helped on his Massy Ferguson for the last time. As he drove along towards the waterfalls, he looked around at the pine trees and took in a deep breath and said, "Isn’t this nice." His last renovation was the cottage at Parks Pond where many family gatherings were held. He was happy when his family was together and was pleased to witness the bonding of his grandchildren. He was a life member of the following organizations, North Brewer Eddington United Methodist Church; North Brewer Eddington Cemetery Association; Eddington Historical Society; Ralph J. Pollard Lodge No. 217, AF & AM, Orrington, where he was a master mason; a member of Disabled American Veterans Commanders Club; and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1761, Bangor. In 1979, he granted the first written legal agreement in the state of Maine to allow members of a snowmobile club to build and maintain a trail to cross his property. It is the only way to get from the eastern Maine snowmobile club to Route 9. Every year club members honor him and other private landowners with dinner at the club. In 2000, he was named Landowner of the Year and was awarded an appreciation placket by Gov. Angus King. Throughout the years he gave silently from his apple trees, his gardens and his woodlands, red astrakhans, berries, vegetables, flowers, firewood and timber. For those that were stranded he would give rides, change a tire and/or put gasoline in the tank. He quietly helped folks with their home ownership.
He is survived by his wife, Hilma H. (Hodgdon) Adams; two sons, Philip Leroy Adams Jr. and wife, Kimberly (Blum), and David Brian Adams and friend, Connie Turner; grandchildren who fondly called him "Bumpa," Ashley Summerson, Philip L. III, Alexandra Louise Dickens, Brian Robert and Andrew David Adams; one sister, Arlene D. (Adams) Hamilton of Huntington Beach, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Charlena E. (Hodgdon) Higgins, Ella G. (Hodgdon) Fields Glenn, Donna Lee (Hodgdon) Theriault and companion, Walter Hardy, Grace Ann (Butler) Hodgdon of South Berwick, Barbara E. (Hodgdon) Formica of Hadley, Mass., Joyce E. (Hodgdon) Hulten and husband, William Staley, of Largo, Fla., Wilson "Bill" Hodgdon and wife, Anna (Wintle) of Brattleboro, Vt., and Donald S. Hodgdon and companion, Margo Rancourt, of Winterport; former in-laws, Carol Page and Dianne Clark of Anchorage, Alaska, Carole (Edes) Straub of Wasilla, Alaska, Paul R. Hodgdon and wife, Jane (Cross), of Homer, Alaska, Thomas A. Hodgdon and wife, Annelies M. (Shrouder), of Wasilla, Alaska; 49 nieces and nephews and their families. He always marveled at his wife’s large family. "I am amazed with your close-knit family. You seem to know without speaking what the other one is thinking or doing. There is never a dull moment." And with a smile said, "And, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world;" a lifelong neighbor, classmate and friend, Wilbur Libby and wife, Jean. His old motorcycle riding buddy, Wayne Bragg; special neighbors, Paul and Peggy Gerald; special friends, Myles and Sharon Hooper of Florida, Adrian and Mary Cronkhite, Dot Forsyth, Carolyn Miller; and overseer of his property and friend, Steve Damon. He was predeceased by his parents; one brother, George R. Adams Jr. of Brooksville, Fla., and wife, Sophie (Adamski); brothers-in-law, U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Joseph E. Hamilton of Huntington Beach, Calif., Alonzo E. "Big Al" or "Lonnie" Hodgdon of Tremont and David S. Hodgdon of Wasilla, Alaska; sisters-in-law, Ruby A. (Hall) Higgins Byard of Machias, Geneva R. (Hodgdon) Grossnickle Kelly of Anchorage, Alaska; lifelong friend and classmate, Richard Eggleston and wife, Hazel (Bunker); and dearest friends, Bill and Mable Morin. Special thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Rao, Dr. Bruehl, Eastern Maine Medical Center Hospice, and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital for fine diagnosis, surgeries and compassionate care.
A service honoring Philip’s life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, at North Brewer Eddington United Methodist Church, Main Road, Eddington, with the Rev. Dr. Tracy Reeves, pastor, presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North Brewer Eddington United Methodist Church, 31 Main Road, Eddington, ME 04428. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer. Condolences to his family may be offered at