Carl "Sonny" Robert Adams

Sunday, April 8th, 1945 - Sunday, April 11th, 2021
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father Carl “Sonny” Robert Adams on April 11, 2021 with his loving children by his side at the age of 76 (DOB April 8, 1945). Our Dad was a miracle man with an amazing devotion to family, personal strength, work ethic and determination along with a sense of humour that everyone he met got to share.
Dad will begin his eternal journey joining his son Larry Adams and granddaughter Tayler Metheral to travel together and meet up with his parents Edith and Carl Adams and his brother Lynn (Len) Adams. Carl is forever loved and deeply missed by his children Sherri Adams (Mike), Barry Adams, Kerri Metheral (Duane), grand children, Adara (Chad), Brandon, Bryan (Brooke), Joel (Rachel), Danielle, Jackson, Cale, Tyler, Myles, Jordan (Alex) and Tristan, great grandchildren Nathaniel, Leo, Addison, Gracelyn, Emerson, Jagger, and arriving soon Hank. Dad is loved and cherished by his sisters Connie Marion (Gary), Alice Smith (Wayne) and brothers Randy and Jim Adams, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
While growing up in Yarmouth, Dad attended school at Yarmouth Southend, Yarmouth Junior High and Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. He was a member of the Boy Scouts at Temple Church Rozee and the Air Cadets at the Yarmouth Armories.
Dad’s love of cars was known from an early age when he could spot a car in the distance and say the make and model. He would fix and repair any car he owned and would also help out the neighbours and family or friends. One of the last family cars he purchased was a blue and white AMC Gremlin. It certainly had the fun and cool factor.
Dad met our mom Terri, when they both worked at Lufkin Rule in Barrie soon after Dad relocated to Angus, Ontario when he was 19. Our parents married in 1966 and settled in Angus where they bought their first home. The “Adams” family began with the birth of Sherri in 1967, twins Barry and Larry in 1969 and little sister Kerri in 1970, which coincidentally was the twins’ first birthday! While living in Angus, Dad completed successfully a tool and dye course. To accommodate a growing family, our whole family moved to a bigger house in Wyevale when Dad was approximately 26 years old.
Every Sunday morning Dad would fill the house with music on the big HI FI stereo. He loved music, mostly older country music like Hank Williams, but he was also a big fan of the musical group Creedance Clearwater Revival. Dad’s love of music passed down through the generations as we all fill our houses with music.
Dad’s green thumb gave us some nice vegetable gardens in the back yard as well as beautiful flowerbeds. He spent some time fishing with the boys (on land as Dad ever found his sea legs) and snowmobiling on his Silver Bullet in the winter with our whole family.
Dad always seemed to have various side jobs on the go as a young man to provide for his family.
While on the job in 1975 he survived a life altering accident at the age of 30. Defying all odds our dad returned to work after extensive rehabilitation. While this accident took him from home he stayed very much a father, grandfather and great grandfather. After his retirement he was able to live closer to us and become a bigger part of his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s lives.
Dad had many friends in his life at work, in Lou Brunelle and Ray Serrano’s home in Lafontaine, as well as his last home of Sunset Manor in Collingwood. While living with Lou and Ray, he travelled often and was fortunate to see the Yellow Brick Road in England, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Los Angeles, Calgary (for the Calgary Stampede) and Quebec to see the Carnival. Dad would regularly return to his hometown of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to visit his family with his sister Connie. Our entire family is forever grateful to Lou and Ray for their loving care of Dad and the many travel adventures they took him on, ensuring Dad continued to live his life to the fullest. The pictures and his stories were enjoyed often. His 14 years at Sunset Manor began with a rogue taxi ride to the farm, which let staff know this guy was going to be entertaining. Dad grew a huge group of friends from the residents, visitors, delivery people and the many special staff members. He had many favourites and we would like to thank Carol, Theresa, ”the guys” from maintenance and the many other staff that would brighten his day. You all became his Sunset Family.
Dad never let anyone pass by him without waving, smiling or asking them how they were, even complete strangers. He was a friendly, funny man with love for traveling, farming and was the king of one-liners. When passers by asked him how he was his most famous response was “Sober and you?” Dad’s most favourite of stories always would include us children, his family back home, his job delivering newspapers as well as his best friend Butchie and other childhood friends.
Dad was a very devoted son to his parents Carl and Edith Adams. He would often talk of his father’s job at the Coke facility in Yarmouth and his mom’s job looking after his siblings (most certainly her full-time job).
No matter where Dad went, he always looked forward to going home. Over the years, he made his home in Yarmouth, Angus, Wyevale, Penetang, Lafontaine and Collingwood, leaving some special memories with everyone he met. To our dad we would like to say “see ya later” and we already know what his response would be.
A private family graveside service will take place in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia at a future date, when we are able to travel safely together with Dad back home.
Donations can be made to Red Cross or Canadian Mental Health Association.
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Sheila (Nixon) Surette

Posted at 04:21pm
To All Family Members:
My condolences.
I use to play with Sonny and Lynn many years ago. I lived on Argyle Street, in Yarmouth, N. S. at the time. We had fun. Peace to all.
Sheila (Nixon) Surette

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