After serving 50 years in medical practice, 20 years in Great Britain and 30 in Princeton, B.C., Dr. John Adams has retired.
Dr. Adams and his wife Sylvia look forward to spending their future, right here in Princeton, the community that welcomed them warmly convincing them to make it home.
On Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, Dr. Adams was honoured for his 30 years of dedicated service to Princeton and District. Save Our Similkameen hosted a tea with support from the Senior’s Branch #30 and venue supplied by the Princeton and District Museum.
Beginning at 3 p.m., residents were welcomed to join Dr. and Mrs. Adams, family members and friends for tea, goodies and the sharing of many memories.
President of SOS, Solana Allison personally welcomed guests at the museum entrance, directing them to the celebration inside.
Emcee of the event, Councillor Kim Maynard extended his admiration and appreciation for Dr. Adams and shared a story of how they met when he was working with the BC Ambulance Service in the 80s. “You are always so giving, said Councillor Maynard, “on behalf of the community, thank you.”
Solana Allison told Dr. Adams how grateful the community was for his service and how she was, “so sorry that you are not 20!”—bringing about a round of laughter and applause.
Together with members of Princeton Senior’s Branch #30; Eleanor, Flo and Keith, Allison then presented Dr. Adams with a plaque to honour his years of service to the community.
A certificate of appreciation was presented on behalf of SOS and the community by SOS members Mary Masiel and Johanna Nott.
Dr. Adams, moved by the presentations said, “this is a little overwhelming.” He added that he “is so grateful to all of his patients over the years and he hoped that together they were able to work out a few problems.”
Dr. Adams told the crowd that he appreciated all the work that was done “behind the scenes” for the Princeton Hospital issues and that he believes things will work out very well. “It looks like Princeton will have a rosier future now,” he said.
“Sylvia and I are happy to be a part of this community, we really appreciate you all.
Mayor Frank Armitage presented Dr. and Mrs. Adams with an original painting by the late Bob Cormack. “We will find a special place for this in our home,” said Mrs. Adams.
Mayor Armitage offered his appreciation on behalf of the community as well presenting a plaque expressing the town’s “utmost appreciation for dedicated service.”
“Darnella and I and family received wonderful care,” said Mayor Armitage to Dr. Adams, “rest assured you will always be extended family to us.”
“You have been a tremendous asset,” he added, “and thank you, Mrs. Adams for sharing Dr. Adams with us.”