Jay ‘Harry’ Adams Jr., loved music

March 20, 2020

Jay “Harry” Adams Jr., 94, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, March 17, 2020. 

Originally born in Lexington, Ky., he moved to the Washington, D.C. area with his family while in high school. A proud World War II veteran and former member of the Army Air Corps, he was drafted into service and served as a radio operator aboard a B-17. He played the trumpet in the Air Corps band and his love of music was unmatched, as he fondly recalled his mother telling anyone who would listen that he was “better than Al Hirt.”

Harry spent the entirety of his working life in the D.C. area with his late wife, Ruth, raising two boys (Bob and Ron) and staying ever involved in their activities and pursuits. After a distinguished career in government service, he retired to the Delaware beaches where he remained active in numerous organizations, including service as an acolyte at his church, St Martha’s Episcopal Church. 

Pop, as he was lovingly referred to by his family and friends, never met a stranger. He often remarked about how lucky he felt for having such incredible blessings of good health, great friends and wonderful family. His family was his passion, and he never missed an opportunity to talk about them during his frequent trips to the store, doctors’ visits, or get-togethers. He could often be seen driving in his Mustang convertible that he affectionally called his “chick magnet” before Ann quickly won his heart. His personality was absolutely infectious, and to know him was to love him. 

He was preceded in death by his late wife of 62 years, Ruth; a son, Ron,; and a great-grandson, Conner. He is survived by his wife of six years, Ann Stewart Adams; son Bob (wife Susan); daughter-in-law Ellen (to late son Ron); and grandchildren Nicholas (wife Stephanie), Bryan (wife Holly), Allison (husband Rob) and Brad. He had four great-grandchildren, Brayden, Dylan, Camdyn and Liam. 

Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, a celebration of Harry’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, Bethany Beach. 

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