Herbert McAdams

Herbert Michael McAdams Jr., a lifelong resident of Falmouth and a long-time mail carrier and postal worker, died September 16. He was 87.

He was the husband of Rosemarie M. (Bourgoin) McAdams. The couple recently celebrated 64 years of marriage; they wed at St. Patrick’s Church in Falmouth on September 8, 1956.

The son of Herbert M. and Gertrude (Davis) McAdams, he graduated from Lawrence High School with the Class of 1951.

The first part of his career was in the military, in which he spent just over 20 years. A veteran of the Korean War, Mr. McAdams re-enlisted and then served with the Army National Guard.

While serving at the Army base in Boston, he traveled to Falmouth on the weekends to work with his mother and father at McAdams Shoe Repair.

Mr. McAdams started his second career with the US Postal Service in the post office department under Civil Service. He left for a time after he purchased the shoe store from his parents in 1959 and managed that business until closing the doors in the late 1960s. He worked in the Woods Hole Post Office and the Falmouth Post Office and retired in 1992 with nearly 35 years in cumulative service as a mail carrier and postal worker.

Mr. McAdams had a strong sense of patriotism and cared for the flags along the memorial walkway on the grounds of Falmouth Public Library and at the Deacon’s Pond Naval Memorial at Falmouth Harbor for many years.

He was a member of the Amvets and Knights of Columbus, and an assistant scoutmaster for seven years. He looked forward to his weekly visit to Falmouth Senior Center with his friends to play cribbage.

He was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church.

In addition to his wife, he leaves six children, Anne Bonito of Florida, Katharine Tupper of Brewster, Marion Fish of East Falmouth, Nancy Medeiros of East Falmouth, Susan Bersani of East Falmouth and Herbert M. McAdams III of Woods Hole; 10 grandchildren, David Fish, Faustine Bonito, Nancy Roserie, Tracy Barrett, Andrew Medeiros, Steven Tupper, Michael Medeiros, Laura Tupper, Erin McGrady and Coleen Greene; 12 great-children; two sisters, Margaret Duffany of East Falmouth and Mildred Betts of New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Marion Beauregard, Christine Harrington, Mary Dowd and Kathleen McAdams; and a brother, Charles McAdams.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 23, at 11 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street in Falmouth.

Burial will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery on Gifford Street in Falmouth.

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