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212 E. Fourth Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
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Richard Adams

Richard H. Adams

Friday, January 4th, 1935 - Monday, October 14th, 2019
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Richard H. Adams,
Age 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 14, 2019 in his home on Seneca Lake in Hector.

Richard (Dick) was born in Elmira on January 4, 1935, the son of the late Paul and Ruth Adams. He attended a one-room school house in Hector, graduated from Watkins Glen High School, attended Wooster College in Ohio and received his Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees at MIT. Adams was an aerospace engineer in California and Boston, and once owned a product-development firm. While visiting the Harvard Square Logos Bookstore in Cambridge, Mass., he met the future director of the Logos chain, volunteered, and in July of 1972, opened Logos Bookstore of Ithaca. The store, quite small, developed and evolved into an ever-changing department store, a staple on the Ithaca Commons for close to 30 years. Richard and wife Elizabeth were then instrumental in starting the third-world craft shop, Ten Thousand Villages, which still thrives on The Commons now as One World Market. Over the years Richard was an advocate for peace and justice. In his retirement years living on Seneca Lake with his wife, Elizabeth, he delighted in the many visits, Holiday celebrations, and picnics, with his family. He never forgot to challenge family members to jump into the cold lake!

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth, his son Scott(Nancy) of Hector , his daughter Leslie(James) of Interlaken, his son John(Shannon) of Sidney, and his son Ted(Geeta) of Medford, MA, and his grandchildren, Courtney, Kiersten, Julia, Hayley, Pari, Catherine, Kieran and Anastasia. He is predeceased by his sister, Jean Bishop and brothers, Budd and Bruce.

A memorial service will be held by the family at the Hector Presbyterian Church, State Route 414, Hector at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 19th, followed by a luncheon reception in the church’s fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, friends may kindly consider a donation in Richard’s memory to Agua Clara, a water purification system used in developing countries, which was invented by Monroe Weber-Shirk from Cornell. (aguaclara.cornell.edu)

You may express condolences or leave a memory for the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Hector Presbyterian Church
    Address
    5511 State Route 414
    HECTOR, NY 14818
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    Officiant
    Pastor Ben Masters
  • Interment

    Location
    Hector Presbyterian Cemetery
    Address
    5516 State Route 414
    HECTOR, NY 14841
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  • Reception

    Location
    Hector Presbyterian Church
    Address
    5511 State Route 414
    HECTOR, NY 14818
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Susanne Lipari

Posted at 01:06pm
Liz, I was so sorry to read of Dick's passing - too late to join you for his memorial service. Bo and I really appreciate all Dick and you did for Protect Hector and our efforts to keep the town safe and beautiful.
Susanne Lipari
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Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. A contribution to Agua Clara of $500 has been made. Your One World Market friends.
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Sending thoughts of comfort from your friends at One World Market. A $500 contribution to Agua Clara in honor of Dick has been made.
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Dear Scott and family, our deepest condolences. With love from your Damiani Wine Cellars family.
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Jeff Adams

Posted at 08:20pm
Dear Aunt Liz and family,
Uncle Dick was very special man! His warm, welcoming, infectious smile and wonderful sense of humor will be with me forever. I will miss his genuine caring for, and interest in, the lives and well-being of all of us who were lucky enough to be touched by him in our lifetimes. I hope there is some comfort in knowing that a little bit of Uncle Dick lives in each and every member of the Adams family. He will be dearly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Jeff and Cindy Adams
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