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John Harris Adams
John Harris Adams of Allentown, PA, passed away quietly with his loving family around him after a valiant effort against cancer. He was the husband of Patricia Adams with whom he had a true love affair for 40 years. John was born on January 12, 1943 in Peru, IN, to Robert W. and Jane H. Adams, who preceded him in passing as did his younger brother Joel W. Adams. Upon graduation from High School, John attended Wentworth Military Academy, University of Arizona and Defiance College, graduating with a business/economic degree in 1966. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent 13 months in Vietnam with Delta Co. 1/7 and 3rd Battalion 11th Marines of the 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross. Leaving the Marine Corps as a 1st Lieutenant in 1970, he went to work with McCord Corporation in New Jersey. After three years, he joined Feist & Feist Realty Corp, where he rose to President and CEO. John was a member of the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors and NJ Chapter President in 1991, Industrial & Office Real Estate Brokers Association, NY Metropolitan Area, and a Vice President of the A.R.C. of Essex County. His love of cars and motor racing led him to over 25 years of owning and racing automobiles. His pride and joy was #36, a 1969 Titan MK5 Vintage Formula Ford which he raced at all the famous road courses in the U.S. He was a member of Sport Car Club of American (S.C.C.A.), the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (S.V.R.A.) and the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association (V.S.C.D.A.) John will be remembered for being a man of his word, as well as his calm and patient personality and he had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved visiting his home in Naples, FL, with Patti, attending his grandsons sporting events and had a passion for reading books and watching Formula 1 races. Survivors: His loving wife, Patricia; his son, Michael William Adams, his wife Christine and grandsons, Sean, Zachary and Patrick of Allentown, PA; and his son Jason Harris Adams of Rockaway, NJ; his brother, James R. Adams, his wife Barbara of Concord, NC; two nieces, Beth Sherrill and husband Jason and their daughters Allison, Sara Elizabeth, and son, Jack of Gastonia, NC, and Katherine A. Adams of Concord, NC; also sister-in-law Patricia S. Adams and niece Abby Adams and nephew Bob Adams of Delafield, WI. Services: Memorial mass will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1040 Flexer Ave., Allentown. Call Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Church. Contributions: May be made in his memory to: Wounded Warriers Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or to Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2166 S. 12th St., Allentown, PA 18103 (on check memo, John Harris Adams). Arrangements by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown. www.jsburkholder.com
Published in Morning Call on Sept. 4, 2013
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