Patrick Adams, 84, veteran of WWII, building inspector


Patrick A. Adams, a former stonemason, retired building inspector and World War II veteran, died of Alzheimer's disease Thursday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. He was 84.

Mr. Adams was born in New Jersey and moved to Baltimore's Little Italy as a child. He attended St. Leo's Parochial School through the eighth grade, when he left to become a bricklayer. In 1963, he earned his General Educational Development diploma.

Before World War II, he worked as a stonemason with his father, who owned the Adams Construction Co. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly before Pearl Harbor, and served as a supply sergeant in Europe.

Mr. Adams was in charge of loading glider parts and other accessories that were used in Operation Market Garden, the ill-fated Allied ground and air invasion of Arnhem in the Netherlands that killed nearly 8,000.

During the Battle of the Bulge, while making his way to the front, Mr. Adams and his fellow soldier were attacked by Nazi sympathizers. "After the attack, he was given a ride by a colonel, who returned him to the rear when he realized he had never been trained to use an M-1," said his son, Frank A. Adams of Upperco.

After the war, Mr. Adams returned to Baltimore and established Adams Home Improvement Co. In 1967, he became a building inspector for the state Department of Correction. He retired in 1990.

Mr. Adams enjoyed dancing, especially to big-band or swing music, and playing golf at Mount Pleasant Golf Course.

The former longtime Carney resident, who had lived in Martinsburg since 1997, had been married 33 years to the former Eleanor Lombardo, who died in 1976.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Survivors, in addition to his son, include his wife of 26 years, the former Mary Taylor; two brothers, Frank A. Adams Jr. of Annapolis and Arthur Adams of Perry Hall; a sister, Vera Redmond of Sarasota, Fla.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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