Clarence Adams passed away on June 17, 2021, at home in Highland, at the respectable age of 102.
Clarence was born on July 27, 1918, in Yorkshire, England, to a coal-mining family. As a young adult, he served with the British Royal Army, deployed to France in March of 1940.
Captured by the German army, he became a prisoner of war for the next five years.
Once liberated in 1945, he returned to England and his wife, Olive.
In 1949, the family moved to the United States of America, first to Greenwich, Conn., the later settling in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Clarence used his carpentry skills to enter the construction industry, becoming a general contractor, real estate agent and a homebuilder. He built many homes in the Santa Barbara and Ventura area.
Once he retired, Clarence helped distribute food to the needy in the Santa Barbara area. He also spent time with his friends at the Canadian Legion and Sandpiper Clubhouse. Then, after moving to Highland, he attended the senior centers of Highland and Redlands, having lunch, playing cribbage and telling fun stories. Some days would find him playing pool in downtown Redlands at the Flamingo or reading at the Redlands A.K. Smiley Public Library.
Adams was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Olive, and his daughter Susan.
He is survived by his two daughters, Lorraine and Colleen; his five grandchildren, Bryan, Erin, Sean, Matthew and Charles; and many great- and great-great-children.
A memorial will be held in the future at a time and place to be announced when arrangements are finalized.