Westminster-Roger E. McAdams, 71, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, with his family at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.
His wife of 45 years, Joyce (Butler) McAdams, died on January 25, 2013.
Roger leaves his son, Jeffrey G. McAdams, of Westminster, his sister, Sandra Marriner, and her husband, Brent, of Wells, ME, his brother-in-law, George S. Butler, and his wife, Tammy, of Boylston, and several nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Roger is also predeceased, by a daughter Lisa McAdams, who died in 1979.
Roger was born in Gardner, on December 12,
1941, a son of the late Leon H. "Mac" Jr. and Geneva (Rich) McAdams. Roger grew up in Westminster, he went to Westminster Schools, and graduated from Gardner High School in 1959. Roger also received an Associates of Science Degree in Business from Worcester Junior College. Roger and Joyce met at the Sawyer Lumber Co, in Worcester, were they both worked. They were married on February 16, 1968. Roger also worked for the former Union Butterfield Co, in Athol, in the Drill Department. He then went to work for the Highway and Cemetery Department for the Town of Westminster. In April of 1986, he took over as the Superintendent of the Westminster Cemetery Department for 17 years before his retirement in November of 2003.
Roger and Joyce shared an interest in the Civil War, and traveled to several Southern Battlefields tracing Westminster's Civil War Soldiers. Roger and Joyce were also the custodians for the First Congregational Church for several years. He was also a member of the First Congregational Church, he served on the Board of Deacons, and a volunteer with the Yankee Street Fair at the Church for many years. In addition, Roger and Joyce worked, and volunteered, at the Cemetery to assist in the computerization of the Cemetery Department records. Roger, and three former members of the Cemetery Commission, were honored in the fall of 2012, for their work in the development of the Urn Garden and Columbarium at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Roger was a devoted husband and father. He was a true gentleman, and a truly gentle man. Roger will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Westminster, 138 Main Street, Westminster, MA 01473.
There are no Calling Hours.
Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery, for both Roger and Joyce.
In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made in Roger's name to the Hematology Oncology Ambulatory Care Center, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655.