Active member Albert Adams passed away August 6th, 2020


We have just been notified that Active member Albert Adams passed away August 6th. Albert joined the Club in 1992 and remained involved with the Club until recently due to health reasons. Our condolences to family and friends.

Albert was born on September 17, 1931 at Fort Sam Houston,Texas to Colonel John C.L. and Alberta Edwina (Sanson) Adams.Albert attended Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, receiving both A&E Mechanic and Commercial Pilot licenses. He then attended Tulsa University where he achieved his BS in Business Administration before entering the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant where he served his country honorably for 8 years in Panama as part of the Counter Intelligence Corp and the active reserve.

While in Panama, he met and married Genevieve Mary Pielusko on June 25, 1960 at the Chapel at Fort Amador in the Canal Zone. They raised two daughters, Michele and Ann and one son, John.

As a civilian in the Canal Zone, he worked for 14 years for the Panama Canal Company in Balboa, before relocating his family to the U.S. where they settled in Fairfax City, Virginia. There he worked for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) as a labor compliance specialist until his retirement.

Albert was a doer, a maker, and a problem solver who flew planes, rode motorcycles, kept tropical fish and went scuba diving, spear fishing and hunting. He played bagpipes and drums in Panama with the 1st Isthmian Highlanders and joined up with a Scottish pipe band in Washington DC after moving to Virginia. An early adopter of computer technology, he built and programmed his first PC, installing a second phone line for a modem in an age when the idea of a personal computer was very new. He had a lifelong passion for model steam trains, collecting firearms and genealogical research.

Albert was dedicated to community service, joining the Fairfax City Volunteer Fire Department and proudly serving with the Volunteers at Company 3 as an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter for many years.

He was kind, compassionate and loyal, with a sharp sense of humor and a fondness for practical jokes. He lived a full and vibrant life, loved his family dearly and was truly devoted to his wife of 56 years, Genevieve, who predeceased him by four years.

Albert was also predeceased by his parents, John Curtis and Alberta Adams and his brother John Adams. He is survived by his three children Michele (Scott Campbell) Adams, Ann (Terry Ammons) Adams and John Adams as well as his brother Peter Jack Adams.

A viewing will be held at Demaine Funeral Home in Fairfax City at 10 am Friday, August 14, 2020, followed by a graveside service and interment at the Fairfax City Cemetery at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Albert’s memory to one of the following:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Wounded Warrior Project Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department Alzheimer’s Association