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Robert Kirk ADIKES

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ADIKES, Robert Kirk 73, passed away on Nov. 13, 2013, due to complications from coronary artery disease and diabetes. He was born in 1939 in Bayside, Queens, NY, and graduated from Xavier High School, a Jesuit Military institution, in 1957. He received a BA in Economics from Georgetown University, spending his junior year at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He then went on to receive his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1964. In 1965, he joined the Naval Air Reserve and, after graduating first in his class at basic training school, concentrated on air ordnance before being assigned to an anti-submarine warfare group Brooklyn, NY. He spent his last year in the reserves as a lieutenant in the JAG Corps. His first legal job was with a downtown Manhattan law firm, after which he transitioned into the corporate legal world, serving as legal counsel to Piper Aircraft, Smith & Wesson and O'Day sailboats, among others. He spent the last 15 years of his career as Vice President and General Counsel of Spalding Sports Worldwide. After his retirement, he spent six years as a research analyst in the Pinellas County Attorney's office, trained as a business mediator and served occasionally as a guest lecturer at Stetson Law School. Adikes is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet Mac-Donald Adikes; his childhood sweetheart whom he met when he was 14 years old, and by their four children; and eight grandchildren, Robert K. Adikes Jr. (Kathryn) of Largo; Kristen Lynch (David), of Fairfield, CT; Julie Hodges (Paul) of Largo; and Jenna Adikes of New York City. In his leisure time, Bob enjoyed softball and sailing and in his retirement years, played tennis four or five times a week at the Countryside Country Club where he once served on the Board of Governors. There will be a funeral mass at his parish of 30+ years, Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor Monday, Nov. 18th at 10:30 am.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 15, 2013