George F. McAdams, 104

12/31/2010 4:14 PM |

George F. McAdams passed away on December 28, 2010, at San Simeon By the Sound, where he lived the last 16 months of his life. He was one month short of his 105th birthday.

Born February 1, 1906, in Brooklyn, he lived there until he moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, as an adult. George was partner in John McAdams and Sons, which made machinery for printing, and he enjoyed extensive travel around the USA, Central America, New Zealand, and the Far East for the business. He retired and moved to Southold some forty years ago, a place he knew from his youth after his parents bought property on Nassau Point in 1916.

His real life’s passion was for oil painting, which he learned first at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., while stationed there during WW II running the printing presses for the OSS. He continued to paint for the rest of his life and was an active member of the North Fork painting group. His work was in exhibitions around the East End of L.I., and family and friends have been the happy recipients of many of his paintings of local scenes, still lifes, and his sometimes unorthodox version of scenes or of works of famous artists, including Picasso.

Always courteous and friendly, endlessly curious and extremely creative, he was especially appreciated for his wit and his delightful and often playful sense of humor, all of which he retained until his death. He loved books and read widely, so anyone wishing to make a donation in his honor can do so to the Southold Free Library for the purchase of books.

George McAdams is survived by his daughter, Nancy DeConciliis; granddaughter, Marina DeConciliis; and two great-grandchildren, who all live in Rome, and by three loving nieces and two nephews. The family wishes to thank San Simeon by the Sound for their very caring staff and good service.

A memorial gathering will be held soon and details will be announced.

This is a paid notice.