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Obituary - William (Ben) Adams

William (Ben) Adams

Date of Passing: May 20th, 2010

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William (Ben) Adams, 60, of Valley View Rd., Clinton, died suddenly on Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Rome Hospital, with his family by his side. He was born August 17, 1949, in Charleston, WV, the son of the late Rev. Dr. Thomas Conley Adams and Genevieve Hart Adams of Barneveld. He was a graduate of UFA and attended MVCC. Ben was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Presently, Ben was employed at Lowe's in New Hartford as a kitchen and bath designer. He had also worked at Jay-K Cabinets and Home Depot in the same capacity. Prior to this, Ben managed the General Nutrition Center at Riverside Mall. Ben was an avid gardener and a skilled craftsman. He also enjoyed the company of his Keeshond dogs, Gypsy, Nikki and Tequila. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by Patricia Mettelman, with whom he shared a loving relationship of 34 years. He also leaves a sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Gabriele Garofalo of Rome; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Richard and Barbara Adams of Remsen, Jack and Dee Adams of Chesapeake, VA, Wesley and Kay Adams of Richmond, KY and Thomas Adams of Lacey, WA; a brother-in-law, Joseph Smucz of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews, whom he was very fond of. He was predeceased by two sisters, Beverly Van Dyke and Frances Smucz; and a sister-in-law, Polly Adams. Relatives and friends may call Monday evening from 5-7 at the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Rd., Utica/New Hartford. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of visitation, with Lay Reader Susan Garofalo officiating. Interment will be Tuesday at the convenience of the family in Evergreen Cemetery, Barneveld.


Ben was our neigbor for many years on valley view road. He was the kind of man todo anything he can for you. He loved todo gardening and would have many conversations about gardening methods. When I was sick he gave me encouragment and said god works in mysterious ways and this has helped me get encourgment. I believe the last time I spoke to ben was when I showed him my four wheeler and complimented me on it.Its a shame this happend to a great man and he will be very missed and i will always remember him.
Billy Lafortez

Pat, What a shock to hear of your dear Ben's passing. I never met Ben, but I know he was a great man from all the stories I've heard you tell over the years. My sincere sympathy to you & your family.
steven welchons

What a shock it was to learn of Benny's passing. He was always very loving to me and I tried to made an effort to see him whenever I was in the area. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Marilyn Murphy Adams

I met Ben while working with him at Home Depot 12 years ago in the Kitchen & Bath Dept. We had been friends since. I saw him from time to time in Lowes and each and every time I saw him he would greet me with a huge smile. He was wonderful person with a beautiful heart and will surely be missed by all who knew him. My sincerest condolences to all his family and close friends especially Pat.
jo king

Ben helped my husband and I design our kitchen. We were looking for him in Lowe's on Saturday night to thank him for the wonderful job that he did with our kitchen. I am very sorry for your loss.
Joan Szewczyk

I am so sorry that Ben passed away. I knew Ben for many years, but lost contact with him. I can remember things about him in our younger days.
Barbara Murphy Winne

I had the pleasure of working with Ben for many years.He was a great friend and had great concern for every one else. He will be greatly missed and thought of often.
Linda Gigliotti