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Kenneth W Adams

Kenneth W. Adams, 87, passed from this earth, Saturday, Mar. 2, in Buffalo General Hospital.  He was born in Midland, Pa. on November 17, 1931, to Cecil and Roberta Jobe Adams.  Preceded in death by both parents, two sisters, Bonnie Harris and Jean Malloy, and a brother, Thomas; he is survived by Arvilla Pritchard, his loving companion of 15 years, a sister, Ruth Timmons (El Dorado, Cal.) and a brother, James Adams (Georgetown, Pa.).  Also surviving are his son, Jeff Adams, of Midland, Pa., grand-daughter, Jessica Adams, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

          Adams graduated from the Midland High School in 1949. He was subsequently drafted into the U. S. Army, spending 4 years as an active front-line soldier during the Korean War, and another 4 years at various camps back in the states, where his son, Jeff, was born.                                  

Following his stint in the army, Ken started working at Midland’s Crucible Steel Plant, where he ultimately put in 35 years.  Upon retirement, he and a buddy formed a clean-up, fix-up team, working their magic in and around Midland.

          Ken first came to New York State with a group of avid Midland sportsmen who had discovered the joys of deer hunting in Allegany State. From the park, Ken often traveled into Salamanca, and decided that he’d like to try living there.  A few years later, he moved on up the road to Sawmill Run, and bought an old farm near Napoli.  He soon became familiar with the nearby Amish community, and was often hired to transport some of them to the hospital, grocery store, or job sites when these were too distant for a buggy ride.

His next life-changing experience occurred at a Cattaraugus hardware store, when he met Arvilla Pritchard, who was helping out her son, the owner. Eventually the two septuagenarians became a couple, living happily together at their home on Otto Road.  There, he honed his amazing gardening skills, ultimately becoming The Dahlia Man

The joy Ken took in life was boundless, as were his hobbies and interests.  He will be sorely missed.

There will be no viewing or services, but a Memorial Luncheon to celebrate his life will be served at Pascarella’s Restaurant, Washington St. in Cattaraugus, Saturday, Mar. 9, at 2:00 p.m.  All of Ken’s many friends are invited to attend.



A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Adams

Sissy and Dickie Bloor (Blue) Mar 13 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Adams

Bob Haggerty Mar 9 2019 12:00 AM

Ken was part of our extended family as well; his kindnesses to us will not be forgotten. Ken's gentle smile and big hugs will be missed, as will his story telling. We pray for Arvilla as she grieves this huge loss. Our love and hugs extended to ALL those Ken Adams has left behind, Deb Nichols and Fran Porter

Deb Nichols Mar 7 2019 12:00 AM

Many people come and go in our lives but Ken was someone whom I will never forget, for all the fun and good times spent with him and Glenn on Sawmill Run his memory in my mind will always live on.Rest in peace my old friend and happy hunting!

Jesse Buzzard Mar 7 2019 12:00 AM

A Delightful Daisies was sent on March 5, 2019

A man full of youth, humor, love, and compassion. He is greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Arvillea, friends, and family. Love, The three #1's.

Expression of Sympathy Mar 5 2019 12:00 AM

Ken was a close friend of the family when I was young, and I remember him as a very funny, incredibly smart man who loved to tell stories and share his wealth of knowledge on many subjects, especially gardening and antiques. He was a welcome guest at a number of our family holidays and he always brought laughter to the occasion. My thoughts are with his loved ones.

Renee Henry (Hornberger) Mar 5 2019 12:00 AM

Doug & Sue Hornberger
Ken Adams was truly one of a kind, he will missed greatly.

Doug & Sue Hornberger Mar 5 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Adams

Jim and Connie Uhrinek Mar 5 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you for being a huge part of my life

Karen Beal Valach Mar 5 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Adams

Dan & Bette DiStasio Mar 4 2019 12:00 AM

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