Friday, 25 January 2019

Len Adams birthday tribute

If he had lived on for another 9 years, Len Adams, my Dad's first cousin, would have celebrated his 100th birthday today.  

L - R Len's wife Rona, Len Adams, Grace Delbridge, Len's sister.
Len Adams was born at Hotham East, Victoria 100 years ago on this day the 25th of January, 1919 to parents John "Jack" Adams (my grandmother's eldest brother) and his wife May Maude McGee.
Len was the youngest brother of Grace Francesca Adams and Morgan John Adams.

We never had the pleasure of meeting Len but recent contact with his nephew Warren has brought him to life for us.  Warren has shared many wonderful memories of a loving uncle.

I love this early one - "Mum, (Grace), used to tell me a story about Len appearing on the front page (?) of one of the Daily Melbourne papers, 'sailing' a billy-cart down Sydney Rd (?) amongst the trams and the traffic.
Apparently, Len copped 'what for' when Jack arrived home with the afternoon paper. "

I've searched Trove for a possible article but no luck as yet, still searching.

For many years Len lived with his parents at 10 Zeal Street, Brunswick West, a suburb of Melbourne.
His occupation was Casemaker.

Len enlisted in WW2.  Service Number - V44347 and served in New Guinea where the photo of him boxing below was taken.

Len first married a lady by the name of Aileen but they didn't stay together.  I haven't found Aileen's maiden name or any information about her apart from that she was also living at 10 Zeal Street with the family in 1963. Len later married his sister's longtime friend Rona and they lived at Frankston, in Victoria's South.

Grace (left) and Len's wife Rona were longtime friends.
Len never had any children of his own. Warren says he was a very kind and loving man to all his family.

Siblings Grace, Morgan John and Len Adams possibly about 1927
Len January 1934
Morgan and Len January 1934
Len with a koala

Wazza (Warren) and Len

 Len passed away at the age of 91 years on the 10th of March 2010.

 Rona joined him not long after on the 21st of June 2010.

I am so grateful to Warren and Geoff Delbridge for sharing the above family photos and information for our future generations.


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