James Woodrow McAdams

Former Warrenton resident, 77James Woodrow McAdams, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 15 at his home in Newberg, surrounded by his brothers and sisters and with the support of Hospice of St. Vincent's Hospital.

Mr. McAdams was born June 1, 1926, on the family farm in Sherman County, Kan., the son of Ted and Mary McAdams.

Mr. McAdams attended Newberg High School and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He held management positions for Coronet and Albertson stores, owned a bowling alley in Newberg, and was a journeyman lineman for Portland General Electric and Pacific Power and Light.

For many years, Mr. McAdams played Santa Claus for Clatsop County children with the help of his wife Winifred McAdams who died Feb. 1, 1993, at their home in Warrenton. After moving to Cullaby Lake, Mr. McAdams continued the tradition until he returned to Newberg in 2001 to be near his brothers and sisters and old friends.

Family members say Mr. McAdams' jovial manner and interest in people and events made him a joy to know.

Mr. McAdams is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sherrie and Thomas Bell and Kathie McAdams; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ruth and Joe Jackson and Frances Svendsen; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Lloyd, George and Jennifer, Harry and Donnette and John and Sharon McAdams; a brother-in-law John Ring and a brother- and sister-in-law, Glenn and Juanita Schantz. In addition to his wife, a sister Stella Ring and a sister-in-law, Joan McAdams.

A memorial service is 4 p.m. Sunday at the Free Methodist Church in Newberg.


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