By Pierre Kosmidis
EYE WITNESSES ACCOUNTS
It is also important for aircrafts that have been discovered at the Greek seas that they are still at risk from trawlers and nothing is done by the state and the hydrographic service to inform professional fishermen and amateurs for their protection”.
Pilot: ADAMS, Robert Bob Watson
Born January 22, 1921 in Windsor, Ontario, Bob died February 10, 2003 at the age of 82, from complications arising from heart disease and cancer.
Bob started Adams Rent-All in 1967, with his first store on Avenue Road. The business grew to include six stores in the Toronto area.
He retired in 1989 upon selling the business. An active member of the Rental Association of Canada until his death, he served as president in 1973 and 1974.
The son of Dr. Frederick Adams and Essie (nee Watson), Bob was a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
In November 1943, his Wellington aircraft (Wellington Mk.XIII MP705, 303FTU, 3OADU, 38Sqn. Missing Naxos, 07/11/43) was shot down while bombing a ship in Naxos harbour, Greece, and for the next six weeks he and his crew evaded enemy capture before returning to Allied territory.
In 1965, he became a member of the newly formed Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch).
Its 140 members were Canadian airmen who, after being shot down over Europe, escaped or evaded capture with the help of the underground.
The Society’s purpose was to honour and assist the individuals who guided airmen to safety, and who often suffered from imprisonment and torture as a result.
Bob was president of the Society’s Canadian Branch in 1995 and 1996. Bob is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Joan (nee Berkeley); his children John, Patricia, and Mary; his sons-in-law, Lawrence Solomon and Steve Douglas; and his granddaughters Essie and Catharine.
He will be missed dearly by them, and by his many friends. Bob is predeceased by his brothers, Frederick Coulson and John Charles, both R. C. A. F. pilots, who were killed in action in 1941 and 1945.
A celebration of Bob Adams’ life will be held on February 23, at 2900 Yonge Street. All who knew him and his family are welcome to drop by, anytime from 1: 00 pm until 5: 00 pm. If desired, donations can be made to Toronto’s West Park Healthcare Centre in Bob’s memory.
SOURCE: The Globe and Mail, 2003-02-14