Charles Vincent McAdams, Sr. and Mae Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Charles Vincent McAdams, Sr. and Mae Kelly

Charles and Mae Kelly McAdams, Click to see larger imageCharles Vincent McAdams, Sr., known to all as Chuck, was born on June 6, 1916 at 4118 Milgate Street, Pittsburgh, the fifth of six children of Thomas Joseph and Louise Wertz McAdams.
Chuck graduated from Peabody High School Class in 1936. Year Book lists his ambition as "to find a job," and his favorite remark as "So what?"

Chuck married Mae Kelly, the daughter of Marie Dickert and John J. Kelly who was born on June 11, 1918.

Chuck and Mae had three sons,

  1. Chuck and Mae's oldest son is John Thomas "Tom" McAdams, born November 19, 1937. Tom Married Nancy Amacher, daughter of Harold and Genevieve Wargo Amacher on July 18, 1987. Tom's son, David John McAdams married Tanya Jeanine Hagen in Christ Episcopal Church Coronado, California on May 30, 1999. Their first son, Callen Hagen McAdams was born on March 11, 2005. Their second son, Boden Cash Hagen McAdams, was born on June 16, 2008.

    Mae Kelly McAdams with sons Chuck, Jr. and Tom, Click to see larger image

  2. Charles Vincent McAdams, Jr., October 12, 1939 - January 3, 2000

  3. and a third son that died in infancy.

Chuck was a World War II veteran. In civilian life, has a meat cutter at Star Market and Giant Eagle. He also worked at Wilson Packing Plant with John Woolslayer, his mother-in law's third husband.

His son, Tom, describes his cooking style of filling a pot with pork and hot dogs and covering everything with a layer of sauerkraut.

Mae died on December 5, 1966 and was buried in Section 61 of Allegheny Cemetery with her second husband, Jack Wiser.

This photograph of Chuck in 1979 was sent to his son, Tom, from Ivy Nursing Home. The photograph was accompanied by this letter dated August 13, 1979:Charles Vincent McAdams, Sr. 1979, Click to see larger image

Dear Mr. McAdams,

Recently a student photographer from Chatham College came to the nursing home to practice her photographic techniques. Enclosed is a photograph of your father which I thought you would like to have.


Leslie Helquist
Director of Activities

Chuck died on February 26, 1983 and was buried in Section H, St. Mary's Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his father, Thomas Joseph McAdams, his grandfather, James McAdams and his son, Charles Vincent McAdams, Jr.


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July 2, 2009

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