Bob Adams, Sr.
Bob Adams, Sr.
Bob Adams, Sr.
Bob Adams, Sr.
Bob Adams, Sr.
Bob Adams, Sr.

Obituary of Bob Adams, Sr.

Robert J. Adams, Sr., known by his family and friends as Bob, was born on November 12th, 1946, and raised by his strict but loving mother, Mary Pietras, and his stepdad, Charlie, who he looked up to as his Dad. As a young man, Bob served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1968, spending time stationed in Vietnam for two years and Tokyo for one year transporting supplies. Bob began his own family when he met his beloved wife, Karin, through his coaching of one of his favorite sports for many years, basketball. They soon welcomed their son, Robert Jr., Bobby, into their family. Bob dearly loved his son and would do anything for him, whether it was attending his cross country or swimming meets in high school or Bobby’s current cross country races at Niagara University and giving each other their special head hugs before every race for good luck. They would also watch documentaries, game shows or bonding over trivia, even though Bobby could answer many of the questions, and as for his Dad, not so much. Another large part of Bob’s life was coaching. He coached for over 40 years, for various teams. To start, for the West Seneca East (Trojans) Boys Modified Basketball Team and then for the WSE Girls (Lady Trojans) Varsity basketball team. Bob also coached the Hilbert College Women’s Softball Team and was the Assistant Coach for the Hilbert College Women's Basketball Team for 2 years. Then Bob coached the St. Mary's of Lancaster Varsity Girls Basketball and Softball Teams, as well as coaching softball for the Cheektowaga Girls League at Stiglmeier-Losson Park and for the Buffalo Women’s Fast-Pitch Softball Leagues. He also participated himself in the sport of softball playing for the Cheektowaga Senior Men’s Slow-Pitch League. When not coaching or spending time with his family, Bob worked as an electrical and aircraft engineer. He started off as a welder after his time in the service and then moving up to a welding supervisor for Niagara Transformer. His handy skills allowed him the opportunities to do the electrical work for, at the time, The Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium and work in Beijing during the Summer Olympics in 2008. In his free time, playing golf and crafting golf clubs was one of Bob’s favorite ways to pass the time. He organized and won many tournaments through the Attica County Club, where he was a bartender as well as tending bar for the American Legion 735 (of which was a devoted member), where he retired from doing until his health would no longer permit. In his downtime, Bob watched the news, the weather, and of course sports; he had every ESPN channel out there and always had a front-row seat to NCAA March Madness. If all else failed, you could find Bob reading, taking photographs & videos of family parties and events or watching Sci-Fi / Comedy Shows or Movies (one of his favorite movies, Caddy Shack, a few favorite TV shows: M.A.S.H, All In The Family, The Big Bang Theory, and The Walking Dead, to name a few). There won’t be arguments on what to keep or erase on his DVR’d programs anymore. Bob will be in charge of his very own remote now on his very own Big Flat Screen TV. Adams, Robert James Sr. of Alden, NY (previously of West Seneca, NY) passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on February 10, 2022. Devoted husband of 32 years of Karin (nee Prabucki) Adams; Beloved father of Robert James Adams, Jr.; Cherished son of late Mary ( nee Pietras) and Charles Grand; Loving brother of Sue (Arthur) King and Dennis Adams; Son-in law of late Rita (nee Podlas) and Edward Prabucki Brother-in-law of late Edward (Carol) Prabucki, Margaret Dunn, late Mark Prabucki, Michael Prabucki, James Prabucki, Mary Jane Cutrona, and Bernard (Darcy) Prabucki; also survived by his dog, Fred, many nieces and nephews, and friends he made through his many years coaching basketball and softball and serving drinks at the American Legion. Bob was a proud veteran of the US Air Force. Friends will be received Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Rd. West Seneca, NY 14224 716-674-5776, where a prayer service will immediately follow at 2:00 PM. A burial will take place at a later date at WNY National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Legion Post 735 or the Patriot Guard Riders of WNY. Condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.