Rory Adams is the father of Derek Adams. Rory is a Cornish dockworker. Rory dropped out of primary school at ten since he was big enough to start working.
He wasn't aware that Derek was gay, and even after Derek died no one told him. Rory was against homosexuality, and the only time he had ever seen Stephen and the Cornfoots (without knowing that Derek was dating Stephen) he had called the Cornfoots "ice niggers".