Charles "Bucky Adams

April 25, 1937July 13, 2012

Adams, Charles ‘Bucky’ Richmond 75 went home to be with Our Lord and Saviour, Friday July 13, 2012. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Charles Augustus Adams and Susie Bertha Adams. “Bucky” volunteered at Northwood Center for over 20 years in the Harbourview Lounge and deemed this, ‘his Wednesday night ‘music therapy’. He grew up on Creighton St. with a musical career spanning over 60 yrs. In the beginning Bucky played the bugle, trumpet and tenor sax which quickly became his voice. He had a tender and unique style that came from the heart. Although self taught, he attended St. Francis Xavier University where he couldn’t resist forming a band with his three professors. Bucky formed many bands over the years including, Rockin’ Rebels, Road Runners, Ambassadors, Unusuals, and Basin Street. Many highlights in his career included: playing with Louis Armstrong at the Lobster Trap in the 60’s, playing with BB King at the Middle Deck in the 70’s; being featured with Oscar Peterson on Thrill of a Lifetime in the 80’s and on a weekly TV show called Canada Express. In the 80’s Bucky formed a band called Generations. It was showcased on the CBC radio program Identities. He received the Gabriel Award (International award sponsored by the UN for its highest level in broadcasting for excellence of production and content.) Personal accomplishments: musically inspiring and influencing young minds. He has played for: local schools, the Mass Choir, Symphony NS, and the National Arts Gallery, Ottawa. Bucky received the Pioneer Award from The African NS Music Assoc. He had a speaking part in the movie, Above and Beyond. He received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal. The front cover of his CD “Freedom” reads: “Through the music on this CD, my desire is for you to feel through my music, allowing it to embrace you like loving arms giving you peace, calmness and freedom of your spirit. As I give this musical gift to you, I pray you are blessed with love fresh daily.” Survived by partner Glenda Huska, and wife Clara, daughters Venetia, Susan, Halifax; Kimberley Casey Toronto, special daughter Kenya Adams-Nesbitt (Paul). Sons Charles (Elaine), Corey (Ada), Martino (Judi), Halifax. Sisters Vivian Barbour, Oklahoma City, Elizabeth ’Betty’ Mitchell (George) London, Ontario , Sue Christmas, 15 Grandchildren,7 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, as well as Darcie Huska and many children who called him Dad. Predeceased by sister Evelyn Powell, brother Charlie. A ‘Going Home Service’ will be held 11am Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in St. Patrick’s Church, 2267 Brunswick St. Halifax. Rev. Wallace Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to support any local music program. The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at the QEII Emergency Department. To view or place a online message of condolence please


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    Tuesday, July 24, 2012


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Souljurney Testolini

April 8, 2018

This was a man that touch my life in ways only the harmony and unity of music can. My Uncle Bucky was a powerful force that I only knew in stories my mama told me (Betty) his sister until I went to Halifax and was gifted by God the reunion of our souls in music, note and verse as my uncle played his sax and showed me many pics I'd never seen of my Gramma Sue , his mom and the Basin St Blues days ....all I can say is wow and I've been breathless ever since... now I know my legacy of music, rhythm and blues is within my heart and soul for life.

Donna Gough

November 17, 2012

Donna Gough
God's Blessings to you and your family's my prayers are with you all.

Shelley Hamilton

September 25, 2012

My condolences to the family at this time. I am grateful that as a young artist growing up in Nova Scotia,I was able to be part of the musical Adams family, and being under Bucky's wing was an honour. My he blow his horn LOUD & STRONG in heaven... with love... Shelley Hamilton, Toronto, Ontario.

July 28, 2012

Dear Corey and Family,

What a privilege it was to be allowed to share your dad's going home service. It meant a lot to Layne to be asked to play -- he rarely gets nervous, but he says before they started Just a Closer Walk With Thee, his hands shook like they haven't for years. I think he played his heart out for Bucky, whom he will miss so much. And all of you showed that Bucky's musical gift lives on in you. What a great send-off for a great guy and fabulous musician.

Sylvia Macdonald and Layne Francis.

July 25, 2012

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Deborah Sangster

July 25, 2012

May your family be comforted in your time of grief and loss with these words of hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

How fitting that our reunion with Bucky will be heralded by the sound of a trumpet.

Love, Blessings, Peace & Hope

Marilyn Lanz

July 25, 2012

Condolences to all of Bucky's family and everyone who knew and loved him.
He certainly brought music into our lives and touched our souls. I'm honoured to have met him and studied with him at welding trade school in Dartmouth.
Marilyn Lanz
Local 170 Vancouver, BC

July 24, 2012

I first met Bucky in 1975....McInnis Room -DAL -sitting in with my 9 piece-
what a player !! When I was playing with Joe Murphy and the Essentials ,
he jammed with us regularly. At the CBC , I had the opportunity to work with him
often....the 'Identeties' show that won the'Gabriel'...the Ellington song for 'Clara' ,
'lord you Brought Me CD'....many live broadcasts (MLK concerts ,etc...and 2 award winning CD's with the NS Mass Chior...(almost forgot his brilliance on Linda Carvery's CD).
I had the priviledge of interviewing him ...but moreso ,it was our personaql talks that were special ,especially the blast 10 yrs...Bucky was a philosopher
in his own right.
Woody loved him !!! So does Wallace....and A full church....and the many others that his music touched...the touch ,the core sound,,and above all ,the phrasing.
About a year ago ,I was interviewing Bucky, and as usual we were looking back...I told him that I thought his performance on "Lord You Brought particular "Where Would I Be ' with Kim Bernard ...was equal to anything Stan Getz has done (in that vien),played it for him...he was moved by his own playin'...just you Bucky

Karl Falkenham
Musician and CBC Producer/Engineer
and proud to be a friend of Bucky's since 1975