The funeral of a respected and much-loved founding member of an established family car dealership has taken place.
Norman Adams, who set up Adams Garage, based on Tring Road, Aylesbury, passed away at Lewin House Care Home in the town last month.
Mr Adams was involved in the family firm for more than 70 years, and was instrumental in many changes there.
Described as ‘a cheerful and respected man’ he was born on July 13 1931, the youngest son of Sid and Nellie Adams and lived in Bicester Road, Aylesbury.
He then moved to Weedon in the late 1960s and lived there until 2006 when he and his wife Brenda (nee Hawkins) moved to Moorhen Way in Buckingham after he took semi-retirement from the business.
He attended Queens Park School in Aylesbury, going onto Amersham College until, at the age of 15, he joined the family business.
It was then a small garage, known as Adams & Sons, and was started by his father Sid in 1943.
At the age of 21 Mr Adams commenced his National Service finding his niche as a driver with the Royal Army Service Corp driving a Humber Super Snipe.
Demobbed at 23 he rejoined the family business and after starting off specialising in vehicle body and paint refurbishing he found his career in car sales.
Mr Adams business achievements included introducing Simca to the UK in the 1960s.
He was also one of the first dealers to take on Peugeot in this country in the early 1970s and was influential in securing the Subaru & Isuzu franchises, which the company remains main dealers fortoday.
Mr Adams and his wife Brenda had three sons, Dane, Ben and Tobin all of whom remain working with the business which is now known as Adams Brothers Ltd.
One of his sons Dane said: “Dad was always a cheerful man and loved by all those who he came into contact with.
“He was respected and loved by all the staff who were all very fond of him.
“The service we held at Amersham crematorium for him was packed out.”
Throughout his life Mr Adams was a committed member of the Rotary Club of Aylesbury and he gave just under 50 years service to the rotary club’s charitable fundraising.
His hobbies included restoring vintage cars, one of which a 1932 Hillman Minx took pride of place in his funeral courtege following the service on Friday, May 8.
The procession drove past the garage and received a fond farewell from the family business’ employees.
In tribute, the family added: “Above all of his many achievements in business, and long charitable involvement to the Aylesbury community, Norman Adams remained a loving husband, a dedicated parent and most recently a proud grandfather to his six grandchildren Tristan, Devon, Sebastian, Elizabeth, Annabel and Emily.
“He was loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed.”