Obituary: Capt. William R. Adams

Capt. William R. Adams
Capt. William R. Adams

Bill passed peacefully at the age of 86 at home with family.

He was born in New Orleans, LA and graduated from the University of Texas Austin. During college Bill joined the Navy ROTC and then went on to the marines where he was a jet fighter pilot and training instructor.

Flying became his passion and he made this his career when he joined American Airlines in 1964. Captain Bill eventually settled in Ridgefield CT to raise his children. One of his early assignments at American was flying Robert Kennedy and his family during the 1968 presidential campaign. Later in his career Bill was one of the first crew members to fly the new Boeing 767 aircraft. When Bill was not flying he was very involved with his children’s sports teams and activities.

Capt. Bill Adams relocated to Escondido, CA in the late 80s and he retired in 1992. His interests included golfing, traveling and riding motorcycles. He formed a motorcycle club called “The Romeo’s” (Retired Old Men Eating Out).

Bill was survived by his wife Elizabeth & children Randy, Sally, Beth, Billy, Suzy, Mike and predeceased John and seven grandchildren Melissa, Jessica, Bill, Kaitlyn, Sarah, Emily and Max.