Peter Elmer Adams of Rimbey, Alberta passed away peacefully, at the age of 93 years, at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, after a brief time spent there.
Peter was born on July 6, 1922 at home on his parent’s homestead, the fifth of six children. He took his schooling at the Rose School, up to Grade 10. In those early years, he worked for many neighbours; stooking and threshing, and cutting and hauling wood, along with doing the chores that went with pioneer farming. In 1942, he met and married Margaret Caswell, a teacher at the Rose School. They first lived on his father’s farm, and Peter helped with the farming in the summer and worked at the Jones’ Sawmill in the Faraway District during the winter. During this time, there was the addition of a son to their family every year. Peter had bought a quarter of land, and later when their sixth son was born they purchased their present farm, the home quarter. He eventually expanded the farm to include five quarters of land at the northeast side of Gull Lake, and bought his own sawmill which he operated for a few years. While his sons were at home, they learned from him how to hunt, fish, do the farm work, and weld and fix the old equipment to keep things going. Peter was a regular at all the farm auctions in the district and without fail, brought home ‘something useful’. He continued to take an interest in the farm until his passing. Peter and Margaret resided together on their farm for 55 years until her passing in 2008. Through the years, Peter always made time to help out the neighbours, and they in turn helped him. He like to talk to people and a warm welcome awaited anyone who stopped by for a visit or a game of cards. He was a member of the Rimbey Fish and Game Association for a number of years, and shared his knowledge of vintage building tools with others who volunteered at PasKaPoo Park. Reading was also a past time he kept up his whole life. With a remarkable memory, he continued into his senior years to recite lengthy pieces of poetry and sing old songs at family gatherings, which both amused and impressed his grandchildren. For the last number of years, one of his favourite outings was to accompany two of his sons when they entertained at different senior’s lodges and retirement homes. He lived a humble life and enjoyed the best of what that gave him.
Peter is survived by his sons: Gerald (Helen) of Rocky Mountain House, Brian (Beverly) of Sundre, Stuart (Judy), Ronald (Janet), and Richard all of Rimbey, and Russell (Lori Bengtson) of Lacombe; as well as fifteen grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild; in addition to his sister, Peggy Symes of Rimbey. Peter was predeceased by his beloved wife, Margaret; his parents, Frank and Edith Adams; his daughter-in-law, Dallas Adams; and four siblings: Dolly Farnham, Sarah Lambertus, Arnold Adams, and Ralph Adams.
In keeping with Peter’s wishes, no formal Funeral Service will be held. Cremation took place at the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. A Private Family Gathering will be held at a later date. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Peter’s Memory may be made directly to Palliative Care at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre – Administration, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0. Condolences to the Adams Family may also be expressed by e-mail to:
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