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June 13, 2014
My prayers and sincerest thoughts. May u be with the angels, dear friend.
Marta Franco norton
June 9, 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.
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