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Robert Adams

November 27, 1939 — May 29, 2013

Robert John Adams, 73, of Cambridge Springs, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Cambridge Springs Rehabilitation Center where he resided for the past month. He was born in Buffalo, NY on November 27, 1939, the son of the late Harry and Frances (Dabelle) Adams.

After graduating from Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, Bob proudly served four years in the US Coast Guard. He earned his bachelor's degree from Canisius College and his Ph.D. in finance and economics from Penn State University. He ran a successful business, Playtime, in Buffalo and worked at Bethlehem Steel before embarking on a career in teaching. A gifted educator, Bob taught at Canisius College and in the New York State Prison System. Bob retired as a full professor from Edinboro University where he taught in the School of Business for 23 years. He also served as an expert witness, presenting financial testimony before grand juries in New York State.

Bob volunteered as an ice hockey coach in Amherst, NY for 20 years, influencing and mentoring hundreds of children. Bob was an avid golfer, serving as past president of the Thursday night league at the Riverside Golf Course. He was a model train enthusiast, Civil War buff, and Broadway musicals aficionado. He enjoyed the outdoors and mowing his four-acre lawn. Bob's amiable manner, keen intelligence, and sharp wit made him a treasured companion, relative, and friend.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Gnagi Adams; three daughters, Michelle (Sean) Cunningham of FL, Ann Marie (Tim) Barry of NY, Bridget (Jeff) Sobers of SC; five sons, Michael (Cher) Adams of NC, James (Jennifer) Adams, of NJ, Dr. Christopher (Meredith) Adams of FL, Michael (Robin) Billings of Cambridge Springs, and David (Carol) Billings of NJ; two sisters, Cindy (Jim) Lockwood of TN and Mary Wolski of NY; a brother, Andrew (Debbie) Adams of NY; 22 grandchildren, Eric, Kyle and Ryan Cunningham, Ashley, Michael, Maddy, Sarah, Katherine, Daniel, Caroline, Joseph, Jacob, and Joshua Adams, Abigail Barry, Cassie, Doug, Dylan Sobers, Kevin Morris, Samantha, Jamie, Timothy and Steven Billings; and a great-granddaughter, Summer Morris; also, many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Gail Adams.

Friends may call at the Glunt Funeral Home, 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A parish prayer service will be held there on Sunday at 3:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 165 Beach Avenue, Cambridge Springs, at 10:00 a.m. Monday with Fr. David L. Poulson officiating.

Burial will be in Cambridge Springs Upper Cemetery, with full military honors.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, the Alzheimer's Association, 1128 State St, Erie, PA 16501 or the Cambridge Springs Emergency Food Bank, c/o Kim Docter, 27553 Miller Station Road, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403. To send condolences please visit

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