Claude Milton Adams III
1961 - 2014


Waterford - Claude Milton Adams III, 52, of Waterford, husband of Patricia (Cianci) Adams, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at his home.

Born in Middletown, he was the first born son of Barbara (Ryan) Adams of Cromwell and the late Claude M. Adams Jr.

Claude was a longtime charter captain, operating the "Wanderer" and "Lady Margaret" and drove trucks for many years. He had a great passion for the ocean, loved animals and spent many wonderful summers at Lake Hayward. He had a great sense of humor and was loved by everyone he met. Claude touched many lives and will be truly missed by those who knew him.

Along with his wife and mother, he is survived by his children, Claude M. Adams IV and Lindsey Adams, both of Niantic; two brothers, Donald Adams and his wife, Lynn, of Cromwell and Steven Adams and his wife, Rose, of Woodbridge; a sister, Cathleen Mahony of Algonquin, Ill.; his mother-in-law, Nella Cianci of Rocky Hill; two sisters-in law, Carol Jameson and her husband, Brian, of Wallingford and Cynthia Cianci of Wethersfield; and a brother-in-law, Michael Cianci of Wethersfield; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by an infant brother, Thomas Adams; his father-in-law and his grandparents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Saint John Church, 5 Saint John Court, Cromwell. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Claude's memory to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Ctr., Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3045.

Cromwell Funeral Home, 506 Main St., Cromwell, is handling the arrangements. To share memories or send messages of condolence to the family, please visit

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