My sincere condolences to the family of "Coach" Bob Adams. I was fortunate enough to play for coach in the Spokane Bronco league and appreciate that he gave me a chance to join the Dodgers as a 5th grader. He was a great teacher and coach and helped provide me a foundation for my baseball skills and an understanding of how to compete on the field. We all have found memories of playing for "Butcher Bob" and appreciate his dedication to teaching and coaching the young athletes of the South Hill. Many of his players went on to have notable careers on the high school fields of Spokane.
My deepest condolances.
To the Adams family, my sincere condolences. My name is Randy Burkhart, and Mr. Adams coached me in baseball as a proud member of the South Grand Dodgers. He was a great coach, teacher, but more than that - a great role model. My dad insisted that I played for Mr. Adams even though I grew up in the Lincoln Heights area. I certainly had other options. He knew that Mr. Adams was the best coach on the South Hill and insisted I played for him. I have wonderful memories of my childhood with him. He was always positive, and a genuinely nice man. We, as kids, behind his back, called him "Butcher Bob", because our dad's would bring us into his shop, where in our young eyes, he would butcher our hair way too short. Looking back on it now, I wish I could go back for a "Butcher Bob" haircut. He would have an easy time with it, because a lot of it is gone! Maybe he would give me a discount.
Mr. and Mrs. Adams showed up at my mom's funeral a few years ago - didn't recognize him at first - but was so happy to see him. What a tremendous gesture for my mother - you, Mrs. Adams, and Mr. Adams hadn't seen our family for years - yet, you threw out a gesture that I will never forget.
I have an extra fond memory of Mr. Adams - I think Mr. Byers and him may have had of few adult beverages before one practice. I'll never forget, and use it quite often, of him singing, "You get a line and I'll get a pole, and we'll go down to the crawdad hole". He sang that while pitching batting practice, and we were all kind of dumbfounded at the time. Hilarious!
My heart goes out to the whole family. This man gave a great amount of time and effort to positively influence south hill youth throughout many years. Never expecting anything in return. He was a joy to have as a coach, and he made me a better person.
Once again, my deepest condolences, Randy Burkhart
Thanks for all the laughs, golf, BBQ's,lawn darts, and cards. Football pool won't be the same not hearing from you giving me the business about my picks. You will be missed and loved by many.
To the family, thanks for sharing Bob with us.
Tom & Dianne (Blair) Guiberson
I played baseball for Bob for two years, and I wish to offer my condolences to his family.