Adams, a Richmond Hill resident for nearly four decades, spent most of his life in Queens. He grew up in Long Island City, and after graduating high school joined the U.S. Army Infantry at age 18.
Adams served four years in the Vietnam War, where he was severely wounded and received two Purple Heart Medals.
Upon his return home, Adams forged a career in the U.S. Postal Service, while also working a stint as a sound technician on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
He is remembered by friends as a social, fun-loving and dedicated member of the community, who loved to fish, swim, play darts and volunteer his time assisting others at various local veterans organizations.
Adams was a member of American Legion Post #1424, with which he was highly involved, for more than 30 years
“George was always upbeat and always positive,” recalls Pat Conley, first vice commander of the Forest Hills American Legion Post. “No matter what was going on with his health or anything else, he always seemed to see the brighter side of life.”
The Queens vet is survived by his sister, Noreen Adams, who resides in Virginia. Adams’ wife passed away three months ago.
Though a large funeral is not possible at this time due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Conley says the post is planning to hold a full memorial service in honor of Adams when the pandemic clears.
“He is going to be greatly missed,” said Conley.