Matthew Samson Adams
May 13, 1940 – March 15, 2021
Matthew Samsom Adams
Age 80, passed away on March 15, 2021. Served in the US Army. Lived in Kaʻaʻawa and later Kailua Oʻahu. Loved his family & friends, animals, fishing, gardening, cooking, and Vegas! Survived by his brothers John Adams & Clarence Adams (wife: Arlene Adams); his sisters Jean Denis (husband: Carl Denis), Joan Manke (husband: Jim Manke), & Liana Kanuha; his many nieces, nephews, & friends. Services: Monday, April 19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. at Borthwick Mortuary & 1:00 p.m. inurnment at Hawaiian Memorial Park.
Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery
If there was ever a person who wanted to heal all the wrongs in the world, it was Matthew Samson Adams. He was an idealist who sought to bring harmony to those around him. Even though Matthew was enthusiastic and generous, he was the most humble man around. He was never a man to boast about his good deeds and accomplishments, but that did not extinguish the bright light that defined the dreamer in Matthew, something that was always there and that he readily shared with everyone around him.
Matthew was born on May 13, 1940 at Kapiolani Hospital, Honolulu, Oʻahu. His parents were Elsie Kam Siu Adams & John Moses Adams. Matthew was raised in Kalauokalani Way, Ala Moana, Oʻahu. He was a compassionate person, a quality that he would carry with him throughout his life.
Throughout his life, Matthew showed a remarkable ability to mend relationships. This was true even with his siblings. Matthew was caring, diplomatic and tolerant of the feelings of those around him. Matthew had six siblings. Two older brothers, John and Toots, an older sister, Jean, two younger sisters, Joan and Liana, and late younger brother, Jerry. Matthew was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Matthew and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.
As a young boy, Matthew lived a childhood filled with fantasy. He was generally in pursuit of his own identity, but he was also adaptable to almost any situation he faced. Matthew enjoyed playing cribbage with his sister. He loved being outdoors with animals, and was always sharing food with his dog Blackie. However, to Matthew, the most fun to be had was simply playing, and spending time with his many friends and family.
High school was a time for Matthew to seek out knowledge. He enjoyed learning and had a natural interest in gathering information. He graduated from Kaimuki Highschool in 1958. Later that year, he joined the US Army Training Center, Fort Ord, California, in August, 1958. Graduated from the training center in October in 1958. He then continued to serve in the US Army & was stationed in Germany, from 1958 to 1961. Matthew was extremely loyal, not only to his nation, and that was a quality that others noticed and appreciated.
Blessed with a strong sense of integrity, Matthew was as loyal and committed in his work as he was in the rest of his life. He was ingenious and trusted his intuition. He always got the job done! He was a retired Electrician for the State of Hawaiʻi.
Matthew enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Uncle Matt greatly loved his family & friends, animals, cooking, eating, gardening, fishing, and diving. Matthew was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but he was always willing to share his interests and treasures with others.
Matthew enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. Taking trips provided the chance for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places, see new things, and gain more knowledge. But his second home was the ninth island, Las Vegas!
Matthew passed away on March 15, 2021 at Maluhia nursing facility. He is survived by his two brothers John Adams & Clarence Adams (wife: Arlene Adams); and his three sisters Jean Denis (husband: Carl Denis), Joan Manke (husband: Jim Manke), & Liana Kanuha. He has joined his mother Elise Kam Siu Ching, his father John Moses Adams, and his brother Jerry Adams in the heavenly paradise. Matthew will be laid to rest at Hawaiʻi Memorial Park, Kaneohe, Oʻahu.
Matthew Samson Adams was someone who was able to see the world as a good and honorable place. He was selfless and deeply committed to all things positive and good. Matthew was a person who would keep his eyes on tomorrow and held onto his dreams, but always savored the moment, especially those moments spent with others. He was the sweetest man that always shared his blessings, which is why all who were lucky enough to know him, loved him. His light and love will forever continue to radiate.