1926 Louis 2017

Louis Adams,

October 14, 1926 — July 17, 2017

Louis was a long-time employee of Ohio Bell, Lou started out his career at age seventeen climbing poles to wire phones into homes in Youngstown, Ohio. During his career his job assignments took him to Paris, Hawaii, Nigeria, Panama and more, in collaboration with Western Electric; and, he moved the family from Ohio to New Jersey, Virginia, and Illinois, and back to Ohio, to work in New York City, Washington D.C., and the Bell System Center for Technical Education (BSCTE) in Illinois.

In 1958, he became mayor of Mantua, Ohio, and helped establish and plan a new church and school in Mantua to replace the tiny old St. Joseph Catholic Church. When his political term ended, he kept on with Ohio Bell working his way up to District Traffic Manager in Cleveland, Ohio. He retired in 1982.

He was a founding member and Grand Knight of the Mantua Council, Knights of Columbus. Lou enjoyed having an FCC commercial radio license and was a HAM amateur radio operator. His memberships included the AT&T Pioneers Northeast Council, Lake Erie Amateur Radio Association (LEARA), Parma Chess Club and the U.S. Chess Federation. In later years, he became a member of Cleveland Area Mensa and was a volunteer AARP Driver Safety Instructor.

Lou was the beloved husband of Mary Anna Adams (nee Vanca) of Shaker Hts., OH; dear father of Louis W. Adams, Jr. of Inman, SC; Michael E. Adams (Beth) of Hollywood, MD; Philip J. Adams (Kimberlee) of Cleveland, OH and Mary Lou Budziak (Frank) of Cleveland, OH; dear grandfather of Laura Adams; Helen (Nick Costakis), Louis, and Marianne Budziak and dear step grandfather of Kara Quick (Jason); dear step great Grandfather of Kyle; dear brother of Edward Adams (Ann) of NC and the late Margaret Petrone and Virginia Powell.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, July 21st at 10:30 AM in The Church of St. Dominic, 19000 Van Aken Blvd. (at Norwood Rd.) Shaker Hts., OH. Interment Riverside Cemetery.

FRIENDS MAY CALL AT BROWN-FORWARD, 17022 CHAGRIN BLVD., SHAKER HTS., OH THURSDAY, JULY 20TH FROM 4-6 PM.
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