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William Francis "Bill" Adams 1950 - 2014
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June 13, 2014
My prayers and sincerest thoughts. May u be with the angels, dear friend.
Marta Franco norton
June 09, 2014
I first met Bill Adams at a Commonwealth Club Board meeting where his wry sense of humor, love of life and positive attitude struck me as so refreshing for an accomplished lawyer. Soon we got to know each other better and eventually went on a Commonwealth Club trip from Moscow to St Petersburg ,Russia. This is where we really bonded and shared stories, vodka and good food. I learned about his excellent photo skills when I saw the results of his pictures that he took. The Club benefited from this as well with his many great shots of speakers and members over time. Bill really loved the Commonwealth Club and it showed. He was a friend to all he met and so easy to get on with. If he left one impression among many for me was his upbeat manner no matter what the circumstance. Always with a smile. This really was contagous and he could easily get a smile from the most dour person. I met his sons at a Commonwealth gala some time ago. He raised a good family. He often spoke about Julie who seemed to be the person who made things all work for him. He leaves behind a great legacy of a loving person who loved his family, his friends and his life. I am deeply sorry to lose him. Bill, I will miss you a lot. Thanks for adding a sparkle to my life. May you rest in peace but never lose your sense of humor.

Vic Revenko
May 30, 2014
Dear Julie, Dylan, Kevin, Rob, Greg and all of Bill's loving family,

My deepest sympathies on your great loss. Bill was truly one of a kind! The three things I will remember most about him is the supreme joy and pride he took in his family, the utterly cheerful and enthusiastic way in which he shared his opinion on any subject you could possibly name and his passion for his myriad of interests - food, wine, travel, photography, The Commonwealth Club and politics (although we disagreed on that particular subject!) Bill was a very charming, intelligent, generous and accomplished man and I, for one, was enriched for having known him. May God be with all of you at this difficult time.
May 23, 2014
Julie words cannot describe how sad Ruchi and I both feel about Bill's passing away. Tears won't stop as I write this. We are so devastated. I know how much Bill loved us and that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. We were fortunate to have met him. There is no one I knew with as big a heart as him.

I first met Bill & Dylan, at the Cub Scout registration years ago, where he was in his trade mark baseball cap with his witty quips. I could instantly tell this was a warm, funny and engaging friend in making. Over the course of our Cub Scout outings I got to know him better, and then came the period when I was in a legal fight with some rather unscrupulous people, Bill came to the rescue. How he went beyond the call of duty to be the champion of justice for the underdog came home as I saw him in action. He would work long hours, he would think creatively; he would brainstorm with me on ideas – all the while his smiling, luminous face kept the gloomy mood away.

Bill was so special in our life. There are so many moments that come to mind as I sit here and think about Bill, I can still visualize the evening after our settlement in the case he handled for me as we both sat at an Italian restaurant in San Francisco and rejoiced together at what we had accomplished, the sheer happiness he felt for me, his words of inspiration helped me get through my darkest hour. He had so much faith in me, every single time I met him his beaming face, the pride and joy he felt to hear about my progress was straight from his heart and I will feel forever blessed to have had him as a friend.


We had a lot of fun exploring his interests in technology as time went by. Most memorable were the time we spent bad mouthing Apple, his love for Microsoft Windows, his passion for my new startup. He even coined a term for our new technology. After he retired, his travel adventures were so amazing; we even talked about doing a trip together to India. Bill and Julie came to have dinner with us just before his passing away, he seemed to be enjoying his life, things were looking up, and we had some lovely conversations that evening, I will always savor that.

Farewell my friend, you're smiling, happy face will always live in my heart. You were a true friend in every way.
May 20, 2014
Bill Adams always lit up the room at the Commonwealth Club, and I am grateful for his kind words and support of the Club and its future headquarters building. He was a pleasure to talk to and is sorely missed in our executive meetings and events. My heart goes out to his family and we can only aspire to carry on his great spirit at the Club. ~Piper Kujac, The Commonwealth Club
May 18, 2014
I was referred to Bill when I needed an good attorney, but in him I found so much more. It didn't take more than a minute talking with him to find he was a warm, funny, caring person who immediately came to feel more like a dear friend than a business associate. Talking with him (and with Julie) always brightened my day. Over time, I gradually came to learn more about him and found he was an exceptional photographer and seemed to be involved in a number of socially-valuable activities as well.

It took me a little while to figure out that Julie was not only his executive assistant but also his wife. I will never forget the delightful sushi lunch the 3 of us enjoyed; I could see how comfortable and fond they were of each other - amazing to think of a married couple able to spend 24/7 with each other and still be in love!

But it was clear nothing was more important to him than his family. Although we usually chatted and laughed for a much longer period of time than he ever billed me for, I recall a time, sitting in his office, when he made it clear to me that we need to be done by a certain time because, "I have to be at my son's ballgame," - and he did indeed close shop and leave promptly so he could make it to the game.

Julie and Dylan, my heart aches for you and for your loss. I hope your many loving memories of this wonderful man will help dull the pain and eventually completely replace it.

Jodi Pratt
May 17, 2014
Julie, as you requested, I am posting the e-mail letter I sent you. Again, I am so sorry for you loss. Chris Orozco
Julie,

Thank you so much for you very thoughtful message to me concerning Bill's death. I am in England right now visiting relatives until May 30 and several friends sent me your messages on FB as they know I am not on FB. I have to say I was just shocked and stunned when I read the messages.

I am Bill's grammar school and high school friend and he came down to my house for our grammar school reunion last year. We also got a chance to get together when I was in San Francisco in February. Bill and I had not really had any contact since high school and the reunion just opened up the opportunity to us to reacquaint with each other and each contact - e-mail, phone calls, the reunion, our time in San Francisco- just helped develop more our friendship and enjoyment of each other. When I heard of Bill's death, I wrote back to the friend who wrote to me, that I had been looking forward to the years ahead of enjoying an even deeper friendship with Bill. And yet in the less then a year we have again been in contact, I would say that we had already achieved a significant friendship and that was because of Bills' warmth, very genuine interest in others, his honesty and sense of humor, and his generosity and largeness of spirit. I will miss him. I already do.

And I am also truly thankful for your message to me as I had been wanting to convey to you, as a few words of comfort, how often and how warmly Bill spoke of you and Dylan and his other sons, and of how one of his goals in finally closing the practice was to spend more time with you all. When I was with Bill in San Francisco, Dylan phoned him about spending time with him and it was a joy listening to how Bill spoke to him and was truly listening to him and how he really lovingly made the arrangements and promises to be with him later that day. And the whole tone of his voice and the demeanor of his face portrayed how much he wanted to be with his son and how much he was looking forward to the time with him. Please tell Dylan just how apparent it was to me that his father truly loved him and treasured his time with him.

And to you and Dylan and his others sons I send my deepest sympathy and condolences. I know how much I am saddened by Bill's death and I'm not sure I can even imagine the multiplied grief you must feel, but please take at least some comfort from these words I write and how one of the things I most remember and appreciated about Bill was his manifest love for you, Dylan, and his other sons. May the God of all comfort and grace strengthen and comfort you and surround you with His loving kindness during this time and in the days ahead.

With sympathy, Chris Orozco
May 16, 2014
Julie,we are so sad to hear of your loss, Bill always had a smile when he came to the shop ,hoping God is with you through this very difficult time.

Mike,Don & the guys
May 16, 2014
Bill and I became friends when we were sophomores at Alemany High School and I hardly remember a time that he didn't have a camera around his neck and a smile on his face. We lost touch after graduation but through the magic of Facebook and a class reunion last summer we reconnected and enjoyed everything a friendship rekindled can bring. We always liked each other as young teenagers and, we truly liked and enjoyed each other at this time in our lives. I am at a loss for words and I miss my friend.

Julie, Kevin, Rob, Greg and Dylan ... you have my profound and heartfelt sympathy over this unimaginable loss.

You are in my prayers ...

Patti
May 16, 2014
Bill was witty and insightful whether it was in a courtroom or on a sailboat, and I had the good fortune to share both with him. We had a growing friendship -- which proves minds with different opinions can appreciate one another-- and I miss him. I look forward to attending the celebration because my time with him was a celebration.

Kirk
May 16, 2014
Julie and Dylan, we are so sorry to hear of your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your family has been through so much in the few years that we have known you, and it is hard to believe that this has happened now. We are happy that we got to know Bill and enjoy his humor, his culinary skills and the hospitality you all offered to us while coping with Tracy's death in 2009. I wish she could be there for you now, but know that she is looking down at you now and thinking of the great times and happy memories you all had together.
May 16, 2014
To Bill's loving wife Julie and his devoted sons, Kevin, Greg, Rob and Dylan we are keeping you in our thoughts and send our love.
Tom and Debbi Adams
May 15, 2014
Our sincere condolences from Curt and Devi Schoenfelder. Our grandson Sergio has enjoyed fun times with Dylan and his family.
May 15, 2014
One of my most welcome breaks from work was a visit from Bill, who would visit my office to drop off photos he had taken of one of our events — and he'd stay for an hour or more talking about everything from politics to business to history. He did it all with a smile on his face and an infectious good will.
May 15, 2014
From Bill's Commonwealth Club Family - we already miss him so much! We will miss his witty comments at meetings, his sound legal advice, his beautiful photos of Club speakers like Linda Ronstadt . . . and in general his kind and lively presence. Our condolences to Julie, Rob and all family members. He left a wonderful, positive impression at the Commonwealth Club and we will remember him always. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club
May 15, 2014
So so sad to hear the news of a dear friend from college days. My very deepest sympathy to Eileen and her boys, Kevin, Rob and Greg.
May 15, 2014
My deepest condolences to my sons Kevin, Greg, and Rob on the loss of their father
May 15, 2014
Our best wishes to Julie and Dylan. If there is ever anything we can do, please don't hesitate to ask.
May 15, 2014
Julie and Dylan - I am so glad I got to spend a marvelous week with all of you back in 2005! Bill was a gracious host, and he (and you) went out of your way to show me a good time. I will always cherish my memories of that trip - the drives into the city, the day at Muir Woods, the wonderful evening at the Commonwealth Club, and the excursion to Point Reyes. I am so glad I was able to meet Bill - he obviously had a great zest for life! I am so very sorry for this unimaginable loss. I am keeping you both in my prayers. XOXOXOXO Pam
May 15, 2014
I will always remember Bill's smile every time I saw him. He will be very much missed by our family!
Terry Clephan
May 14, 2014
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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