Funeral arrangements set for writer Chuck Adams

01/05/2011 1:50 PM |

Update: Funeral arrangements have been set for Times/Review sportswriter and author Chuck Adams.

The family will receive visitors Friday, Jan. 7, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Defriest-Grattan Funeral Home, Mattituck. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Mattituck Presbyterian Church.

Author, sportswriter and businessman Chuck Adams of Mattituck died Tuesday at Peconic Bay Medical Center. He was 55.

A cousin, Lori Wulffraat of Riverhead, said the family was awaiting an autopsy, but they believed Mr. Adams died from a reaction to medication.

Ms. Wulffraat described her cousin as “outgoing, upbeat, smiling, happy, living for the day,” and said his two daughters, Rebecca and Bridgette, were his life.

“He had such a strong will for life and happiness. He was going to live to at least 75,” she said.

On his Facebook page on New Year’s Day, he wrote, “To all my family and friends, this has been a difficult year in so many ways, so I want to thank all of you for your love and support … Happy New Year!!!”

Another posting on his Facebook page hours after his passing summed it up for many who knew Mr. Adams. Alison Hallock wrote, “I will miss you so much. RIP, Chuck, you have been a beacon of hope for so many people including me.”

Just a year ago, Mr. Adams published his first novel, “Something More,” a story that paralleled his own life so closely that his parents had difficulty separating him from the book’s main character, Bobby Sanders, he said in an interview at the time.

But the author and his fictional character differed greatly in one major way, he said. Bobby Sanders sometimes expressed frustration with his life as a paraplegic and contemplated suicide, while Mr. Adams said he himself embraced life with zest.

“Success isn’t driven by your arms and legs; it’s driven by your heart and head,” he said. He described “Something More” as “a story of determination.”

Mr. Adams’ paralysis was the result of a breech birth that severed his spinal cord. He wasn’t diagnosed until he had started to crawl and his parents realized he was using his arms to pull himself along. As a toddler, he spent close to a year at St. Charles Hospital while doctors explored what to do for him. But he remained in a wheelchair.

In recent years, Mr. Adams underwent a number of surgeries. With the last one, in January 2010, he told his doctors he wanted 10 to 15 more years to pursue his dreams, one of which was to publish two additional Bobby Sanders books. The second, written last year, is expected to be published soon, Ms. Wulffraat said. Mr. Adams had been working on the third book in the trilogy for the past year.

For some 20 years, Mr. Adams was a freelance sportswriter for Times/Review Newspapers; his day job was as a corporate sales representative for BJ’s Wholesale Club. Earlier in his career, he was vice president of marketing and public relations for Riverhead Savings Bank. He also co-hosted the weekly sports cable television show, “The Hot Stove League.”

His co-host, Doug Wald, said Mr. Adams “lived for sports and lived for music. I just remember his penchant for life. He was one of those guys who never let his challenges hold him back. He just had a strong presence.”

Mr. Wald called his friend “an absolutely lovely guy” and said, “There was not a bad bone in his body. Chuck was all heart.”
Besides his daughters, Mr. Adams is survived by his parents, Antone and Georgia Adams, and his brother, Greg Adams.

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Bob Liepa contributed to this story.



51 Comment

  • Rest in Peace Chucky, may you enjoy your enternal peace happines. You made a difference while you were here, something most people can never lay claim too. You will always be remembered in our hearts and minds for the rest of our lives or at least mine anyway. The lord has taken you from us now to serve a higher purpose and your life was full of purpose and meaning, you have been called home to serve an higher purpose. While your life here may have been ended, you will now embark on a new and even more important life enternal. You will be missed, God bless forever and ever.

  • We could all take a page from Chuck’s book and live life to the fullest and not complain about what we aren’t or what we don’t have. The world was a nicer place because of Chuck Adams. And now heaven has a beautiful angel. I will miss talking to you Chuck and hearing how the story ends…

  • Chuck was an inspiration to us all. He will be missed!


  • I received a copy of Chuck’s book for Christmas, signed by him, and find it hard to believe that he’s now gone. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with him and will never forget what a loyal and hard worker he was. He was a friend to so many people. I only wish that I could’ve seen him one more time. Godspeed!

  • Chuck Adams was a wonderful person and was loved by all that knew him. He would come into BJ’s several times each week with a smile on his face and had a kind word for everyone. He used to say to me ” Vinny are you going to sing for us today with that melodious voice” He loved the fact that I went around singing alot and that made him happy. When he was in the hospital last year I called him and a he asked me to sing for him and I did. He appreciated it very much and told me so often. I will miss him tremendously. This world has lost a real special person. Our loss is heavans gain.

  • chuck, will miss so much. you were one of the best of the best guys ever. loved you always

  • To Chuck’s family…I worked with Chuck in the Riverhead Savings Bank days, and he was always full of life. I remember him saying that God liked him better than me, that’s why he got wheels and I had to walk. He had a great attitude for life, and helping people. I will miss you greatly. Russ & Dawn Skillman, Santa Fe, NM