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Adams, Frederick

CHESHIRE – It is with great sadness that the family of Frederick Adams, 88, announce his passing on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at his home where he was surrounded by his children. He was the husband, constant companion and partner in life, love and laughter of Mildred (Setterstrom) Adams.

Mr. Adams was born on October 25, 1928 in Worcester, Mass. He was the son of Carlton Adams and Sadie Myers. He served his country in World War II as a Military Police Officer during the Tokyo War Crimes Trials. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Southern Connecticut State University and his master’s degree from UConn, after which he enjoyed a long career as an advocate for people with special needs and a pioneer in the field of Special Education until his retirement from the State of Connecticut in March of 1992. He spent his youth in Worcester, Mass. before moving his family to Cheshire in the early 1970s.

Besides his devoted wife of 61 years, Mr. Adams he will be forever remembered by his children, Bernice Kozloski and her companion Mark Wilson of Agawam, Mass., Maryann Adams of Cheshire, Michael Adams and his wife Sheila of Cheshire, John Adams and his wife Karen of Cheshire, and Kathleen Adams of Yalesville; Mr. Adams was also the loving grandfather of six grandchildren, Matthew Kozloski, Amanda Distasio, Jessica Adams, Ryan Adams, Christopher Adams, Paul LaRoche III and Kyle LaRoche, as well as two great-grandchildren, Marli and Logan Distasio. He will be fondly remembered by countless people whose lives he touched throughout the years. Along with his parents and siblings, Mr. Adams has been reunited with his predeceased son, Christopher Adams.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 28, 2016, at 10 a.m. from the Alderson-Ford Funeral home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St., to Church of the Epiphany for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Cheshire Hillside Cemetery. Calling hours were held on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Abilities Without Boundaries (formerly known as COCO), 615 West Johnson Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410. For online condolences, and to share a photo or a story, please visit www.fordfh.com.

Fadus, Richard F. “Dick”

CHESHIRE – Richard F. “Dick” Fadus, 88, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Dick was born on October 5, 1928 in Waterbury, the son of the late Charles and Margaret (Pulaski) Fadus. His siblings were an older brother Charles of Newtown, and a younger sister JoAnn (Fadus) Gizzi (deceased).

After serving his country in the Korean War as a surveyor in the U.S. Army 8221st Field Artillery Unit, Dick married Marie Iadarola of New Haven in 1955. They purchased a home in the Brooksvale area of Cheshire, where they lived for the 61 years, raising a family of five children.

Dick was an employee for 44 years with National Cash Register, and a communicant of St. Thomas Becket Roman Catholic Church. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 90 Boy Scouts where his sons were members. For his quiet and steadfast support of the Catholic Church, he was awarded the St. Joseph Medal by the Archbishop of Hartford. For many years, he and fellow Korean War unit veterans met regularly around the country, maintaining strong friendships across the miles.

Dick was “Mr. Fix It” to his family, neighbors, friends, and relatives, always claiming (but generally having) “a better idea” for projects large and small. By all rights, Home Depot and Lowe’s should be in mourning for the passing of such a loyal and frequent customer.

A gregarious man, Dick would strike up conversations with just about anyone. In his later years, this included the nice people at Costco handing out food samples. Because his work fixing cash registers took him to villages and stores scattered across southern Connecticut, he knew back roads and shortcuts that are still a mystery to programmers for Google maps.

Besides his wife Marie (Iadarola) Fadus of 61 years, Dick is survived by his sons Richard J. Fadus and his wife Doreen (Witkop) Fadus of Hampden, Mass., Charles Fadus and his wife Judy (O’Brien) Fadus of Midlothian, Va., and Michael Fadus and his partner Urs Märchy of Oberägeri, Switzerland, Joseph Fadus and his wife Drusilla (Davis) Fadus of Marietta, Ga., and his beloved daughter Amy (Fadus) Radikas and her husband Raymond of Glastonbury.

In addition to many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, he is also survived by his brother Charles and sister-in-law Jean (Cahill) Fadus of Newtown, and brother-in-law Richard Iadarola of Southbury, as well as his nine grandchildren, Ricky, Matthew and wife Brigid (Townley) Fadus, Ryan, Jack, Margaret, Jim and Katie Fadus, and Paulina and Marla Radikas.

Besides being predeceased by his sister JoAnn (Fadus) Gizzi, Dick was also predeceased by his brother-in-law Ralph Iadarola and sister-in-law Judy (Dalton) Iadarola.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 9:15 a.m. from the funeral home to St. Thomas Becket Roman Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Bridget Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury, CT 06708 or to The Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, 80 Seymour St., Hartford, CT 06102 or to Camp Mattatuck Volunteers, P.O. Box 257, Plymouth, CT 06782-0257. For online condolences or to share a story or photo, please visit www.fordfh.com.

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