ADAMS Allan E. "Boss"

Male 1926 - 2004  (78 years)

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  • Name ADAMS Allan E. "Boss" 
    Born 3 May 1926  Englewood, Bergen, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID EE80AF43E5B1D5118A064445535400009C4E 
    Died 19 Oct 2004  Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • (OBIT: Allan E. Adams, “Boss”. “Papa”, 78, of Haddam, husband of Carolyn (Noyes) Adams, passed away on Oct. 19th surrounded by his loving family. He began his grand life May 13th 1926 in Englewood, NJ son of the late Allan and Bessie (Card) Adams.
      He later moved to Old Lyme, attending Old Lyme High School. He was a patriot early on, joining the Navy at the age of 16 where he served aboard the USS Haggard and USS Hugh Purvis during WW II. He was a graduate of the Porter School of Design, starting his career at Electric Boat and Deep River Tool & Die. He rose to President and Owner of Merriam Mfg. in Durham, the oldest toy company in the United States still in existence. He later purchased Lehrolite Mfg. of Wallingford and Gong Bell of East Hampton, while his wife opened her own furniture business, Carolyn Adams’ Country Barn of Durham. They were inseparable, hosting parties, traveling the world, running their businesses, and enjoying their large, yet close knit family. They lived in Durham for many years at Greystone with homes in Point O’Woods, Old Lyme, and Sarasota, FL. He was a member of the Wethersfield Country Club, The Meadows of Sarasota, and the Antique Toy Collectors of America. He had a great love of animals including his dogs Brooks Mactavish III and Tonya. In his own words, “It was quite a ride!”
      Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Belinda Adams of Ormond Beach, FL, Alana Simlick and her husband Joseph of Durham, Ken Pearson and his wife Marilyn of Durham, Donna Noonan of Durham, Dan Pearson and his wife Gail of Northford, and Carole Pearson of Haddam. He took great joy in his fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren, by whom he will be sorely missed.
      Al had several close friends including Sharon Buchanan and her late husband Frank and his many close friends at Cherrystones.
      Funeral services will be held at the United Churches of Durham, Monday morning at 10:00. The Rev. Dr. Elven Riggles, Jr., minister, will officiate and interment will be in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme.
      Friends may call at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church St., Middletown, Sunday evening from 4:00 – 7:00 and are invited to send a message of condolence to the family at the website of In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 555 Long Wharf Dr., New Haven, 06511.
      Doolittle Funeral Service, 14 Old Church St., Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.)
    Person ID I44634  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2005 

    Family NOYES Carolyn,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [2
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F17551  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S82] Death-obit, Hartford Courant on 10/22/2004.

    2. [S1566] Pamphlet-Noyes, George.
      Provided 23 Sep 2001 by Jeanine (Noyes) Fukino, forwarded from her neice, Diane Noyes.