Adam was born on February 9, 1922, to Peter and Hanna Makarow. He was one of 13 children born and raised on their family homestead.
Adam attended Bradgate School before going out working various logging and brush-cutting jobs. He volunteered into the Canadian Army at the beginning of World War II, served in England on costal defence, then through France, Holland, Belgium and Germany with the 2nd Canadian Division Artillery as a gunner. His gun was used to calculate range for their division and they were known as the 25-mile snipers.
Returning home after the end of the war in 1946, Adam took up farming west of Rose Valley. He married Lucy Krzak in July 1952 and they resided in Rose Valley where they raised three children: Edward, Robert and Kenneth.
Along with farming, Adam drove school bus for 20 years. He worked for Reed Laird Motors as a mechanic, and was caretaker at the Rose Valley Skating Rink for many years. He served on town council and the school board, and was active in local and church activities. He coached baseball and hockey teams, sometimes transporting the entire team with their equipment in his vehicle.
He was a cancer survivor for 34 years, remained active and lived at home until May 2017, when he developed pneumonia and was admitted to Kelvington Hospital. He passed away on June 27, 2017.
He is survived by his wife Lucy; and sons Edward, Robert (Debbie) and Kenneth (Carol) and grandchildren Karri, Cody, Taelor and Mitchel; brothers, Joe and Paul; and sisters, Helen Reed and Sarah Hallet.
Adam was predeceased by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.