Adams, Wilbert Gordon 'Bert'

Bert Adams of Meaford passed away peacefully at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the age of 88.

Born on December 25, 1932 in St. Vincent Township, Bert was a son of the late Gordon and Viola (nee Phillips) Adams.

He will be greatly missed by his sister Rosalie Wark and her husband Douglas, and by his nephews and nieces Brian and Rosemary Adams, Cheryl and Larry Sutter, Marie and Brian Johnson, Amber and David Moore. Bert was predeceased by his brother Carl Adams in 2018, and will be remembered fondly by his sister-in-law Berniece Adams. He will also be dearly missed by his great friends Dan and Carol Potter.

Bert was  a very hard worker and worked at several jobs during his life; the Woolen Mills in Meaford, Kings Construction in Owen Sound, and the Textile Factory in Elmira. He felt his greatest achievement was volunteering at Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Owen Sound.

There will be no public visitation or service due to the present Covid 19 rules and restrictions. A private family service of committal and interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


A private family service of committal and interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Amber Wark-Moore
    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

    Uncle Bert will be missed by many. He lived a long happy life with many friends and family who loved him very much. He will always be remembered in our hearts and thought of fondly. He is now with grandma ( Viola ), grandad ( Gordon ) and uncle Carl received with open arms. Rest in peace Uncle Bert and always remember we love you.

    Amber and Dave Moore

  2. Linda Gilmore
    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    God Bless you Bert, I will miss our chats and your big wonderful smile. My sympathies to your family and friends. Say hello to your Mom and Dad for me, been a long time.

  3. Lois and Malcolm Postings
    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    We have missed your hugs Sunday mornings at church. ❤ We’re so thankful you are safely home with the Lord. ❤

  4. Carol potter
    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    My dear Bert you will be missed. You have been part of our lives for so long. What roads we have traveled and what memories have been made. I will miss your humor and your grace and your frequent visits. But now you can rest in peace.
    Thank you for the many blessings you have brought to me. God Bless

  5. Bruce Pitts
    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    Hello to my Phillips Cousins,

    Cousin Wilbert Gordon Adams – Bert to everyone – passed away January 12, 2021. Not all of you knew Bert, Thomas & Annie Phillips’ fourth grandchild, so this brief eulogy may be of interest.

    Bert was born Christmas Day 1932. He was delivered by a hung-over doctor who let him languish, oxygen deprived, in the birth canal too long, leaving him brain injured for life (Aunt Ruth’s story) or a doctor who administered unorthodox drugs during delivery that closed the cervix, prolonging labour and the birthing process (sister Rosalie’s story), with the same unfortunate result.

    The public school teachers didn’t quite know how to help Bert, advancing him beyond his abilities, not really helping him to perform to his abilities with his learning difficulties. It was Aunt Viola who spent innumerable hours at home providing him basic reading skills and teaching basic arithmetic so he could function in the world and wouldn’t be cheated in his financial dealings. Countless trips to speech therapists in Toronto as an adult improved his communication skills somewhat, but he went through life with a heavy speech impediment that frustrated him and his audiences.

    Ten years older than me, I remember Bert as a muscular bear-of-a-man who could have easily crushed my hand when we shook hands, and one who performed his farm chores with amazing brute strength. As the Hulk is to youngsters today, Bert was to me – without the anger and turning green. To this day, I have never met anyone with hands as big and powerful as his.

    There were many things Aunt Viola and Uncle Gordon thought Bert couldn’t do until he demonstrated to them that he could do them successfully, including driving the farm tractor. He was able to get his driver’s license as a young man and drove accident-free until he had a one-time-only seizure over 20 years ago and had his license revoked. He worked in Elmira for a number of years and would drive to Woodstock to visit the Bighams on his own or back home to Meaford without incident. After Uncle Gordon died and Aunt Viola was in a nursing home, he lived on his own in a house he bought in Meaford where he lived relatively independently until 2017 when he went into a nursing lodge in Owen Sound after hip surgery. Prior to that, he was well known around Meaford where he walked many miles virtually every day or used his three wheeled bike that he had converted to electric power after he could no long drive himself. He was moved to the Meaford Long Term Care Centre last Jan. 1 2020.

    Special thanks are due to his niece Marie and her husband Brian Johnson, and his brother Barry Johnson, for the loving care they provided for many years to assist him in near-independent living in Meaford.

    He was a gentle, simple man. His smile, laugh and twinkle in the eye will be missed by all who knew him.

    With the Covid constraints in Ontario there cannot be a funeral service anytime soon.

    Do you have any memories of Bert to share?


  6. LoisJean McLaughlan
    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    Thank you for sharing the news.
    When we visited Canada annually we would almost always visit Aunt Viola and Uncle Gordon.

    Strangely, I thought Bert had been injured in a farm accident as a child. No idea where I got that idea.

    I was a little intimidated by him as a young child, but my sister Ellie wasn’t. Later I came to be comfortable with Bert and he was always welcoming and loving.

    I recall one time in particular (probably about 20-25 years ago) when I was in Canada at my

    cousin’ s on Dad’s side (Dave Gamble) and asked him to take me to Dow and Marilyn’s. I arrived unannounced and Dow came out to ask who I was – he was a bear of a man! It was maple syrup time and Bert was there to help. He seemed to know who I was! That might be the last time I saw him. I was so impressed by his independence after Aunt Viola passed, and his gentle nature. Sorry for your loss Rosalie


  7. Lorene Taylor
    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    I always enjoyed having a visit with Bert outside his neat little house. A kind and gentle man,
    Lorene Taylo

  8. Art Ford
    Friday, January 15, 2021

    My condolences Rosalie and the rest of the family. I have fond memories of Bert from my childhood on the 11th line. I passed the farm on the 15-16 on my way to school. If Bert was out working in the fields there was always a wave and a smile.

  9. Jennifer Pearson
    Friday, January 15, 2021

    So sorry to the family for the loss of this special man.
    He was so proud of his bike …. and was eager to show it to me and tell me about when I met up with him one day shortly after he got it!
    Enjoyed meeting up with him again one day at Meaford Long Term Care before covid ended visits.
    Condolences to all.

  10. Ruth Knott
    Saturday, January 16, 2021

    I worked with Bert at the mill for years and always loved his pleasant smile and kindness. He was such a gentle hard working man.Years later after the mill closed I would see him once in a while on the street and always had fond memories. May you rest in peace.
    Ruth Knott

  11. Cyril yorke
    Sunday, January 17, 2021

    I too have fond memories of Bert. We would have great laughs together. Remembering helping him with his bike, or piling wood with him, he was so kind, and so very strong.
    Bert was very keen to help, wherever help was needed.
    A fond memory was sitting and eating apples with him, the juice would fly, the apple never had a chance.

  12. Debbie Jack
    Monday, January 18, 2021

    My husband & I used to drive our children around their flyer route many years ago when Bert lived in a little house on Denmark St., I believe it was & he was on our route. We spent a few minutes each week in conversation with him & yes it was difficult but if you took the time to listen it was fine. He was a very sweet, gentle & kind man with such a lovely smile & a twinkle in his eyes. Bert will be missed but Heaven certainly gained a loving angel. Bryan & Debbie Jack & family.


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