William Adams

Obituary of William Adams

William J. "Bill" Adams of Clifton Park passed away at Albany Medical Center early Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017 and has been reunited with his beloved wife Jane in heaven. Bill was born in Watervliet, NY and is the son of the late John and Anna Jeffs Adams.

Bill was a 1948 graduate of Watervliet High School, New York and then a 1953 graduate of The University of Albany where also earned his Master’s degree and completed his doctoral course work. He married his loving wife, Jane F. Bagley in August of 1961 and spent 30 years working at General Electric’s Research & Development Lab in Niskayuna. His last decade was spent with GE Medical Systems where he was instrumental in writing the programming for the early MRI equipment and was awarded the prestigious Dushman Award in October 1991 for his work. He retired in 1993 and spent his remaining years enjoying the company of his friends and family, following the LPGA tour and could always be found immersed in a good book or a nap.

In their early retirement, Bill and his wife spent many winters in Myrtle Beach and Pawley’s Island, SC, enjoying the warmer weather and lots of golf with many of their friends from the north and all of their South Carolina friends. When he wasn’t playing golf, Bill tutored math students, played an exceptional game of bridge and entertained his friends, his children and his children’s friends, with his many magic tricks.

Bill is survived by his daughters Kelly Wood and Jeffrey Stallmer, Susan (Bob) Adams-Judd, Amy (Tom) Abbati and son William (Frances) as well as his sister and brother in-law Patricia (Dick) Campbell and sister-in-law Dorothy (Bud) Adams, granddaughters, Elizabeth Judd, Emily Jane Abbati, grandsons Matthew and Kevin Judd and also his “adopted” grandchildren, Matthew Hogan, Carly (Cody) Weik and Jackie Stallmer.

Calling hours will be held on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Catricala Funeral Home Inc., 1597 Route 9, Clifton Park, with a Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 11 a.m.at St. Edwards Church in Clifton Park. Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, and to honor Bill’s generous and caring spirit, the family request that individuals perform a gracious and kind act toward another.