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William Adams

William Brice Adams

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
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Essex - William Brice "Bill" Adams, 79, passed away at his home on Wednesday February 19, 2020. He was born on December 29, 1940 son of the late Thurston and Dorothy (Johnson) Adams. Bill was a proud graduate of Burlington High School, where he was voted “Best All Around” by his classmates. He went on to obtained a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont. Bill taught social studies for 40 years at Lyman C. Hunt High School in Burlington and at Essex High School in Essex. He greatly enjoyed his time with his students and colleagues.

Bill served his adopted village of Essex Junction as a planning commissioner, village trustee, village
president, library trustee and finally as supervisor of elections. Bill was active at the First Congregational Church in Essex Junction, serving as a deacon and a trustee, as well as enjoying the Tuesday morning discussion group.

Bill was an avid sports fan and followed the Red Sox, Canadians, Patriots, Wesleyan Hockey and had recently adopted Duke Basketball. He rarely missed a game in which his grandchildren participated.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Betty Adams of Essex, his son Kyle Adams and wife Jennifer of Bermuda, his daughter Christine Giummo and husband Jesse of Essex, two brothers John Adams and wife Sally of Lexington, MA, Donald Adams and wife Rosemarie of Williamsville, NY, five grandchildren Alexander Giummo, Ryann Giummo, Kira Giummo, Ava Adams, Jack Adams, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends.

Per Bill's wishes no visiting hours will be held. In light of construction at the First Congregational Church services will be held at Holy Family Church, Essex Junction on Sunday February 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Bill's memory may be made to First Congregational Church or Vermont Respite House. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting
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    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 3:00pm
    Holy Family Catholic Church
    36 Lincoln St.
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    Per William’s wishes no visiting hours will be held. In light of construction at the First Congregational Church services will be held at Holy Family Church, Essex Junction on Sunday February 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm.


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Richard Steggerda

Posted at 02:33pm
I will miss you old friend and colleague. My Tigers v. your Red Sox and the many sports memories we shared. Betty, Kyle, Christine, my deepest sympathies.

Don Trombley

Posted at 11:58am
Good bye old friend. Will miss our time together discussing politics or trying to hook an elusive trout.
Don Trombley
McKinney, Texas

Jim Manchester

Posted at 08:24am
Betty, Kyle, and Christine. I was saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. A good man who contributed much to all who knew him. My colleague for many years at Essex High School, we continued to keep in touch at EHS retirement breakfasts. We always had much to discuss. I will miss him.

Armando Vilaseca

Posted at 07:26am
My thoughts and prayers go out to Bill’s family. I have nothing but fond memories of Bill and enjoyed our almost daily contact for 12 years and and bantering back and forth about the Yankees/Red Sox. Bill was wonderful with his students and positively touched the life of many. He was a very positive influence on all who met him.

Meg Sullivan

Posted at 07:51pm
Dear Betty and Family,

I was heartbroken to hear of Bill's passing. He was a huge part of my years growing up on Orchard Terr and I will always cherish those memories. I remember interviewing him when I was in elementary school on his work for the village, and the importance of civic engagement he imparted. That along with countless other memories of his kindness and generosity have always stayed with me.
I hope that your memories of him will continue to warm your hearts now and for the years to come.

With love and deepest condolences,
Megan Sullivan

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