Thanksgiving Service For Michael Percy Adams (W 46-50) 1933-2021

It is with great sadness that the OS Club announces the death of OS Club Vice-President and Former Sedbergh School Governor, Mike Adams, who passed away on 23rd December 2021, aged 88.

There will be a Thanksgiving Service held at St. Alphege Church, Solihull on 31st January 2022 at 12:00.
No flowers please, but donations to Lymphoma Action or the Royal Star and Garter in Solihull would be gratefully received.

The full address for the church is St Alphege Parish Church, Church Hill Rd, Solihull B91 3RQ. 
After the service there will be a wake at the Copt Heath Golf Club 1220 Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 9LN.

Also, so that the family have an idea of numbers please can people let Guy Adams know if they will be attending, preferably by 24th January, by emailing 

Mike was a keen cricketer and rugby player at Sedbergh, playing for the School in both sports. After leaving Sedbergh, Mike managed the children’s clothing business, Adams, which was established by his mother in 1933 and he continued in this role after the company was sold to Foster Brothers and then Sears Holdings. Mike was later the OS Club Chairman from 1990-1994 and was a lifelong loyal and generous supporter and friend to the School.

Please see a message below from OS Club Chairman Jan van der Velde (L 77-82):

It is with great sadness that I write regarding the loss of Michael Adams, a Vice-President of the OS Club and former OS Club Chairman, as well as former Governor of the School, who passed away on the morning of 23rd December.

A full obituary will follow in due course.

Michael was a much loved grandee of the Sedbergh Community. His considered approach, dry wit, stature, and enthusiasm for all things Sedbergh, made him popular with staff and OS of all generations. A deeply caring man, he would listen attentively to those who sought his advice, ponder, and then offer words of wisdom which were much valued and acted upon. While we will all have our own personal reflections, this is how I came to know him, as a father of a dear friend of mine from Winder House, who offered guidance when I needed it, and for many years acted as a mentor in business as I found my own way in the world. His understanding of human nature, which was to bring him so much success in his own business life, gave him insight and clarity when the world at times seemed complex. He will be deeply missed by me, by the OS Club, and by the OS community. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Jan, Mark, and Guy at this time.

Jan van der Velde

Chairman, OS Club