Thomas Clarence Adams, 87

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Thomas Clarence Adams

Thomas Clarence Adams, 87, of Fulton, died September 18, 2008 at Pontiac Nursing Home in Oswego.

Mr. Adams was born on July 5, 1921 in Depauville, NY, the son of the late Roberta G. Busby and David H. Adams.  In 1924 he was joined by a sister, Dorothy N. Adams, who predeceased him in 1992.  He married Irene H. Knight of Rosiere, NY on May 15, 1943 in Hyannis, MA.  Mrs. Adams died on February 5, 2006.  Mr. Adams attended Dexter schools and graduated in 1939.

He worked all of his life in fields related to electronics, earning a professional engineer certification as an electrical engineer.  He served as an Army Staff Sergeant during WWII from 1943 to 1946.  As a member of the 392nd Engineer Regiment of the 4th Amphibious Brigade, he participated in the New Guinea and Philippines Campaigns.

Following the war he returned to his profession, working with Dexter Pulp and Sulfate, Sealright-Oswego Falls in Fulton and finally Church and Dwight Inc. of Syracuse.  In 1978 he founded his own company, Acro Systems in Fulton and for many years provided communications and electronics services throughout the area.  He retired in 2005.

Mr. Adams served on the Fulton Electrical Board and Oswego County Civil Defense.  He was active in the American Radio Relay League and a founding member of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club.  He was a lifetime member of the Dexter Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Adams is survived by a son, Dr. Thomas K. Adams of Virginia and a daughter, Nancy A. Denis of North Carolina.  A son, Richard died in October 2007.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with a 6:30 p.m. service to follow.  Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Lawrence Union Cemetery, Chaumont, NY.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. To Tom’s family and friends.
    I first meant Tom as I joined the ham radio ranks back in the mid 1950’s. Tom was a great mentor, having the patience to guide a kid through the intricacy of then modern shortwave radio. As the electronics changed, Tom was there to offering a helping hand so that we would know the proper way to use the new parts.
    Tom also saw to it that Oswego County had a back up emergency communication system using the ham radio operators of the area that could step in during local disasters to provide much needed communications.
    An old friend has left us in body but his teachings will be here forever.
    Rest in peace and 73. C U L

  2. John and Tom,
    Thank you for making this time a little less difficult. It is noce to read where Dd touched lives with such a kind hand. I will miss him.


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