Adam Wilde Minton

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Adam W. Minton, 56
WESTERVILLE, Ohio - Adam Wilde Minton, 56, of Westerville, Ohio, formerly of Portland, died June 7, 2017, from a brief illness. He was born on Dec. 26, 1960, in Boston, Mass.
Adam grew up in Portland and was a graduate of Cheverus High School. Adam was predeceased by a brother, Seth Wilde Minton, an accomplished classical musician and pianist, who died at age 38 in 2001. Both Adam and Seth, as pre-teens and teens, were successful carriers for the Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.
His adoptive mother of 46 years, Sarah Bishop Minton, urged all her six sons to achieve more than they thought they could. She, a professional musician, did not want her sons to be just "good enough." In Adam's case, it worked as evidenced by his successful business career.
She also taught all her sons how to wash, dry and fold clothes, clean a room, cook a meal, sew on a button, hem a pair of pants and play an instrument. Adam played trumpet and was selected to play in the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Adam excelled at all tasks of "domestic engineering" and con-sequently, during his marriage to Dr. Maureen Stubbs, his innate efficiency and consistent performance of these skills allowed Dr. Stubbs to pursue her career as an anesthesiologist.
Adam graduated from Cornell University on a Naval ROTC schol-arship, and served five years active duty and 15 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
When Adam volunteered for the U.S. Navy, owing to his language skills, he became fluent in Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. His fluency in Russian impressed his family and friends during the wedding of his brother Erik in Ukraine.
He also became an excellent and innovative chef and loved to cook for family and friends. Adam grew up surrounded by lovely gardens. As an adult, he often sought his parents' advice as he honed his own gardening skills to achieve beautiful gardens at his home, which are part of his lasting legacy.
He is survived by his father and adoptive mother, Dr. Paul R. Minton and Sarah Bishop Minton, of Alpharetta, Ga.; his children, Aidan R. and Chloe G. Minton; his former wife, Dr. Maureen Stubbs (Gary Moser); brothers Ethan Minton (Amy Minton), of Brunswick; Ben, and Herbert Edgecomb (Marybeth Edgecomb), of Atlanta, Ga.; and Erik Minton, of Madison, Wis.; as well as in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services were held in Ohio.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 12, 2017