Gordon E. 'Joe' Adkins, age 86, of West Haven, passed away May 29, 2011 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Joe was born in New Haven on October 11, 1924, a son of the late Raymond & Belle Geer Adkins. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Taylor Adkins; his daughter, Deborah Vallas & her husband David of Guilford; his son, William Adkins & his wife Lisa of Portland; his grandchildren, Kelly Ferro & Carmen Ferro; his great grandson, Christopher Palmieri and many loving nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his sisters, Ruth Braese & Ethel Streitwieser and brothers, Raymond, Richard and Donald Adkins. He was a welder retired from the J. F. Barrett Company and a WWII U. S. Army Veteran. Joe was an avid walker along the Beaches of West Shore and in his neighborhood of Colonial Park. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. His Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 3, 2011 at the BEECHER & BENNETT - TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven followed by his burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may also visit with his family at the funeral home on Friday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Contributions in Joe's memory may be made to the Leukemia Society, 300 Research Parkway, #310, Meriden, CT 06450-7137.

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  1. So many wonderful memories of my .Uncle Joe., the warm and loving uncle and Aunt Margie who always made me and my family feel welcome and warm when near them and when thinking of them. A beautiful man who has created so many nice memories for so many.

  2. Dear Aunt Marge…so many incredible memories of growing up with you and Uncle Joe being like an extra set of grandparents…I am so sorry for his loss but so happy for all the times spent with him…Ducks in the yard, Easter egg hunts, trips to see Aunt Bessie, hearing you and him from our yard..made it always home. Miss ya and Love you…and may Uncle Joe Rest In peace

  3. Hi Marge and Family, So sorry I wasn’t able to make the funeral for Joe. I hope that Mom and Bev told you that I was away. I will always remember Joe as a good neighbor as was Frank who was always there to help us little ones as we grew up. We can all cherish the wonderful memories we had of everyone on the block as we all grew up, and Joe was definately one of the great ones.

  4. The memories I hold so deeply in myt heart of my Uncle Joe will always be with me. Thanks for a wonderful childhood you gave to me..the times of laughter and fun..fishing and walking…holidays and .pancake. breakfast on Christmas… I love you with all my heart and always will…you are in my heart each day and in my prayers every night.. I miss you but it was so good having you be a part of my life that I cherish always…until we meet again..your loving Neice..Carol

  5. So, i wrote on this the day after you left us and now its gone…I dont quite remember what I said other than we missed and loved you. I will always remember your WW11 stories and CJ waiting for the Big Red Truck. Keep a watch over us, xoxoxo

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