ADAMS -- Lawyer Edmund R. St. John Jr., a former state representative, state senator, and longtime town counsel, died Thursday in his home following a long illness. He was 83.
Selectman Joseph R. Dean said Mr. St. John would be missed.
"Ed is a household word," he said. "He was just a wonderful, wonderful person. He was a very smart man and very dedicated to what he did."
Town Clerk Paul Hutchinson described Mr. St. John as "sincere, honest, dedicated, hard-working, with a whole heart of Irish humor. . . . His life was the law, his business, the town, and of course his family, and he loved them all."
Mr. St. John was born in Adams on April 28, 1920, and attended the town's public schools. He served in the Army during World War II. He attended Boston University Law School and practiced in Adams, serving as town counsel from 1956 to 1958 and from 1980 to 1999.
He also served in both the state House and Senate.
Mr. St. John leaves three sons, two daughters, two brothers, two sisters, and eight grandchildren.
A funeral will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's of the Assumption Church in Cheshire.