Donald B. McAdams

Donald B. "Don" McAdams, 94, of Chapel Ridge, formerly of 281 South Avenue, Bradford, passed away Monday, December 23, 2019, at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born March 7, 1925 in Bradford, he was a son of the late Herbert and Marie (Corwin) McAdams. He attended Bradford schools.

On June 28, 1947 in Bradford, he married Jean L. (Xander) McAdams, who died June 1, 2013.

Don was a member of St. Bernard Church and attended the First United Methodist ‘Church where his wife belonged.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and trained at Samson Naval Base in Geneva, NY. He then went to Gunnery School and following that, he was at the U.S. Anti-Aircraft Training Center in Newport, RI. He was also an instructor of small and large Naval guns. He was stationed abroad at the U.S. Naval Base in Naples, Italy and was the supervisor of the base security guards and ran the base armory. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Mr. McAdams worked in retail and advertising throughout his career in the Bradford area. He was in sales and management at Dana Men's Store for 12 years, he managed Latson’s Outdoor Store for 5 years and was in sales and management for The Bradford Journal for 17 years. He was then employed by The Bradford Era, where he managed the special tabloid editions for 12 years.

He was instrumental in formation of the Bradford Jaycees. He also ran the Soapbox Derby in Bradford and worked as a volunteer cook at Crook Farm for 10 years. He was a member of the Ball and Chain Group.

Surviving are two daughters, Dianna (Patrick) McQueeney, of Utica NY and Deborah Webster of Westfield IN, one son Robert (Marcia) McAdams, of Bradford; seven grandchildren, Heidi (Cesar) Pernia, Mark (Evan) McAdams-Templeton, Jason (Michelle) McAdams, Shawn (Michelle) McQueeney, Shannon (Chris) Doherty, Brian (Lori) Webster and Derek (Maggie) Webster; 16 great grandchildren, Liam Webster, Tekla Webster, Ronan Webster, Nolan Pernia, Zachary Pernia, Ian McQueeney, Caleigh McQueeney, Brennan McQueeney, Elizabeth Webster, John Webster, Scarlett Webster, Jack McAdams, Elle McAdams, Michael McAdams, Meghan Doherty, Aidan Doherty, one niece and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son-in-law, Joseph Webster who died October 25, 2018, and one brother Robert W. McAdams.

Friends may call on Friday December 27, 2019, from 5-8pm and again on Saturday from 10-11am in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 33 South Avenue where funeral services will be held at 11:00am with Fr. Jim Gutting, Senior Associate of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials contributions if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Funeral arraignments are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 

Online condolences may be expressed at



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Dianna, please accept my sincere sympathy at this difficult time. Blessings to you and your family.
— Lynda Lore


  • Dianna, please accept my sincere sympathy at this difficult time. Blessings to you and your family.

    — Lynda Lore