AI Adams was born in Cree Wood Minnigaff, Scotland Feb. 18, 1921 to William and Barbara Adams. In 1926 AI’s family made the journey from Scotland to Canada.
The first place they settled was Enderby where AI attended MV Beattie School for one year before the family moved to Salmon Arm where he attended school until taking a job working in the bush in the Mabel Lake area. He soon found his talent and enjoyment of carpentry and this led him to work on such projects as the Shuswap Lake General hospital, the snow sheds on the Rogers Pass and the Mica Dam.
In 1946 AI married Phyllis (nee:Caldwell) and they moved to the Winfield area for a couple of years but soon returned to the Salmon Arm area where he built the family home near five corners. AI and Phyllis raised their family here Bob, Jim and Barb.
In 1981 AI and Phyllis moved to White Lake where they built a beautiful home overlooking the lake. Having worked all his life to provide for his family, AI used his carpentry skills in retirement volunteering hundreds of hours helping build the White Lake fire hall.
AI built a beautiful 21 foot travel trailer that was customized to their needs. They ventured to the Yukon twice and travelled with friends to many areas of BC, and as avid fisherman they enjoyed years of great fishing, friends and travel. AI enjoyed card playing and always had a crib board handy for a game. He and Phyllis had ongoing daily card games of crib and of spite and malice. They enjoyed going to old time dances for many years. AI loved to read and his interests were wide although he enjoyed the stories of pioneers and true historic adventures.
AI was a loving partner to Phyllis and a great Dad. He was a loyal friend and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. AI is predeceased by his parents and his brother Louis. Having lost Phyllis, his loving partner of 67 years this past November, AI leaves to mourn his children, Jim Adams of White Lake, Barb Adams of Enderby, his honourary daughter Lark Lindholm of Enderby and Bob Adams of Camrose and his grandchildren Devin and Ben Adams of White Lake, and Brian Adams and Teresa Adams of Camrose.
The family would like to thank all the staff and residents of Piccadily Terrace where AI and Phyllis enjoyed their home so much. AI enjoyed playing pool and cards there with his friends, as well as working his way through their library. Thank you to the staff of Bastion Place staff for the care they gave AI at the end of his journey.
No service will be held and in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Shuswap Lake Hospital Foundation.
Online condolences can be sent through Al’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.