Connecticut rifleman and high school coach Charles A. Adams, 69, of East Haddam, passed away on May 18, 2014. He was born August 18th 1944 in Norwich.
He graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1962. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1967 he returned to NFA to teach English Literature for 36 years, until retiring in 2003. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Hartford in 1975. As a NFA faculty member he advised the Cranston House Council and coached the NFA Rifle team to several State High School Championships.
An avid Sherlock Holmes fan he was a member of The Baker Street Irregulars and founded a local Sherlockian group, the Winter Assizes at Norwich.
He was competitive rifle shooter and a member of the National Rifle Association, the Connecticut Rifle and Revolver Association, Black Hawk Rifle Club, the Corporal Digby Hand Schützenverein, the Magnum Rifle Club, and the Quaker Hill Rod and Gun Club, where he participated in the Mohegan, Southwestern, and Nite Owl Rifle Leagues.
Most recently Adams won a place award in the 2010 Mentor Match at Camp Perry, coached a senior category Digby Hand team to a pair National Records at the National Smallbore Rifle Championships in 2012, and was instrumental in a support function for the US Victory in the 12th Pershing International Trophy Match in 2013.
A celebration of his life was held June 7th at the Quaker Hill Rod & Gun Club and was well attended by a large delegation of friends from the shooting community
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol; son Chris and daughter in law Dianne of Norwich; and older brother Albert of Virginia Beach, VA.
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