BRADLEY – Merle H. Adams, 65, passed away Oct. 17, 2012, with his wife and daughter at his side at his home, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Merle was born Nov. 5, 1946, in Old Town, the son of Merle C. Adams and Dorothy I. (Pomeroy) Adams.
After graduating from Old Town High School in 1965, Merle enlisted in the U.S. Army, proudly serving his country from 1966 to 1969. He attained the rank of sergeant, serving in the 440th Signal Battalion in Vietnam. Merle graduated from Eastern Maine Community College – then Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, and Husson College and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of New England. Merle was a gifted and dedicated educator for more than 33 years. He always put students first in his teaching positions at Old Town High School; Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School, Calgary, Alberta; George Elliot High School, Winfield, British Columbia; and as the assistant administrator at United Technologies Center, Bangor. Merle brought his devoted passion, talent and love of teaching to the next generation of educators through his work in teacher education programs at Husson University and Eastern Maine Community College.
Merle will be sadly missed by his wife, Kathryn (Greenlaw) Adams; daughter, Lisa M. Adams and special grandsons, Tyler and Kyle Adams; his mother, Dorothy Adams; brother, Gary and his wife, Rose; sister, Jane and her husband, Chris Manlove; niece, Megan (Manlove) and husband, Shane Smith; niece, Trish (Adams) and husband, Ryan Bates; nephew, Keelan Manlove; nephew, Brad Adams and his wife, Lynn; brother-in-law, Austin and wife, Bunny Greenlaw; nephew, Sean Greenlaw and partner, Shelley Cormier; nephew, Adrian and wife, Tanya Greenlaw; niece, Jill (Greenlaw) and husband, Mike MacAlpine; great-nieces, Kendall and Grayson Manlove-Smith and Marley MacAlpine; great-nephews, Brock Adams and Hudson MacAlpine; his great friend, Gregg Miller; and by his devoted dog, Lily Munchkin. Merle was predeceased by his father, Merle C. Adams; and his nephew, Christopher Manlove.
A service of remembrance with military honors will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with Sandra Gemmel officiating. Memorial donations in Merle’s memory may be made to Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.