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Richard D. Adams, retired businessman, Pendleton Boy Scout leader

Oct. 30, 1952 – Aug. 3, 2016

Richard D. “Rick” Adams, a retired Niagara County businessman known for his cooking talents and his volunteer activities with the Boy Scouts, died in the Roswell Park Cancer Institute following a four-year battle against cancer. He was 63.

A big man with a booming voice and plenty of opinions, he led Pendleton’s Boy Scout Troop 98 on many adventures over the past 20 years and was renowned for the huge and tasty meals he cooked for Scouts and fellow volunteers.

“My dad always made sure no Scout went to bed hungry,” recalled his son, Charlie, one of the many Eagle Scouts Mr. Adams mentored. “He led our troop on a lot of great adventures. I think the best one was when he helped a group of scouts refurbish a recreational vehicle. Then he drove us down to Florida in it, and we went on a scuba diving adventure.”

In addition to his work with the Scouts, Mr. Adams was an expert woodworker and boater, who loved working on his old Willard Trawler boat.

Born and educated in Cleveland, he moved to Buffalo for a job opportunity with a tool company in 1979. He later settled in Pendleton, where he opened several businesses over the years, including the old Hide-Away Harbour boatyard on Tonawanda Creek Road, the Harbour Tent and Party Rentals special events company and, most recently, a handyman business called the All-Around Handyman.

He retired several years ago because of his illness, but continued to help with Scout events, including a popular fundraising dinner called Italian Night. In addition to his son, he is survived by the former Elaine Myslinski, his wife of 40 years, and two sisters, Laura Adams and Lisa Albanese.

A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Dengler, Roberts and Perna Funeral Home at 8630 Transit Road, East Amherst.

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