By Connie Osborne Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 04/10 14:39
RESIDENTS and dignitaries lined up to pay their respects to ‘Mr Alcester’.
Mourners gathered at St Nicholas Church on Friday (September 27) to say goodbye to Jim Adams, who passed away peacefully at Warwick Hospital on September 15.
The 90-year-old, who grew up on a farm near Banbury, came to Alcester after ending his service in the Navy where he rose through the ranks and became an officer.
It was only after being sunk on the HMS Spartan which damaged both of his ears and meant years of hearing difficulties, he met his first wife Deirdre at a hospital in London, where the pair went on to have two children John and Vikki.
They bought land off Kinwarton Road where they created Springfield Nursery which thrived for the next 60 years.
Deirdre passed away from cancer in 1976 and Jim spent the next twenty years devoted to family, friends, the community and business.
In 1995 he married town councillor Sue and he went on to become her consort on three occasions when she was mayor.
Mr Adams was a keen member of the Royal British Legion after joining in 1947 and organised the Alcester Parade for many years, collected and distributed poppies, recited the Act of Remembrance, and remained president of the Alcester branch up until his passing.
He chaired the Alcester Memorial Town Hall group for 26 years and was the founder of the Alcester Abbeyfield House which provided affordable living accommodation for men who were in difficult circumstances.
Mr Adams also served as a member of Alcester Rural District Council, as well as High Bailiff for the town in 1959 and became president of the Alcester Rotary Club as well as Alcester Rugby Club.
Speaking at the service, councillor Mike Gittus said: “Friendship and comradeship were qualities that Jim held most dear all his life. I expect that living with a large family at the start made togetherness something special for Jim, and how he loved people.”
John Searson, who met Jim in the 1940s when he lived in a caravan at the back of his garden, said: “He was a very generous man. He threw himself into everything. He was always the first there, he was very caring. He was Mr Alcester and he deserves recognition.”
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