Pleasant Ridge-Barry "Butch" W. Adams, Butch 68 of Pleasant Ridge unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday June 24 at Maine Medical Center in Portland from lung cancer. Butch was born on June 19, 1952 in Skowhegan. He was a graduate of Upper Kennebec Valley Memorial High School in, Bingham, class of 1971. Butch lived in many locations through the years but always found his way back to his roots in his home town, Bingham. Over the years Butch worked as a truck driver and mechanic for Frank Brochu Logging in Bingham. He also worked as a mechanic for his brother Doug Reid of Skowhegan . Butch was most proud of his role as a Fairfield Police Officer until an off duty injury prevented him from continuing in this role. Butch worked as a mechanic for Charles Jenness Trucking in Bingham and he later owned and operated a very successful Pet Shop in Madison. Butch was most proud of his two sons, Wade and "BJ"; as a father he tried to put his boys first. Butch would participate in Special Olympics with his son Wade. He would proudly support Wade and help to overcome some of the challenges that he faced. Every summer for years Wade would would attend Pine Tree Camp during this time Butch was ready and able to participate in any of the many activities and events that were planned . Trying to make this experience better for his son. Butch tried to participate in the interest of his sons and later grandson Justin. BJ became interested in Motorcross in early adulthood. Motorcross became that event that helped to bond the trio, Butch never missed an event if it meant helping to cheer BJ on or if it meant fixing a dirt bike before the next heat, Butch was just happy being with his boys. Dad & Grandpa were his favorite names. He was so very proud of his sons and his grandchildren. Later in life Nichole was the sparkle in his eye, she spent time driving him to apointments and hanging out with Grandpa trying to make his life a little easier. Butch loved the outdoors and loved to fish.He had an ongoing battle with his mother Dottie Adams over catching the largest fish , unfortunately, Butch did not win! He and his family camped in many areas throughout Maine but Lake Austin was near and dear to him. He had a passion for playing pool and would accept a challenge from anyone willing to play. He became the owner and operator of the Pool Hall in Bingham for a brief time where many long time friends would stop by to challenge him to a game of pool and just say HI. He always loved anything that was Native American, and his home proudly displayed many items including dream catchers. He truly just enjoyed spending time with anyone and everyone. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He would tell you " I can’t do much but I’ll do whatever I can to help." Butch could make a new friend around any corner he turned.He had a knack for conversation and enjoyed teasing anyone who would give it back to him. He did have a very unique laugh and anyone who knew Butch loved his shit eating grin and his wit. He touched the lives of many, many people while on his life's journey. Butch is predeceased by both of his parents George E. and Dorothy L. (Prince) Adams as well as his brother Doug R. Reid. He is survived by his oldest son Wade Adams of Skowhegan, youngest son Barry "BJ" and his wife Melissa Adams of Anson. Two grandchildren, Justin Adams and his wife Sierra of Norridgewock, Nichole and her husband Kyle Cooper of Buckfield. Four great grandchildren Parker, Colby, Eli and Hazel. Butch is also survived by his sister Brenda Turner and her husband Frank of Bingham, Sue King and her husband Louis of Mississippi, Mark Adams and his wife Pam of St. Robert, Missouri and Betty Jo "BJ" Goodwin and her husband Larry of Bingham along with several Nieces and Nephews. Butch was lucky to have so many near and dear friends who will sadly miss him too. There will be a grave side service and a celebration of life for family and friends to honor Butch at a time to be announced at a later date.
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