Adam B. Slamas

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Adam B. Slamas, 28, a resident of Fort Myers, Fla., died tragically Saturday from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Luzerne County.

Born in Scranton, he was a son of Barbra Williams Slamas, Naples, Fla.

Adam was baptized at the Church of St. Gregory and, along with his brother, Nathan, was raised by their mother in Waverly as "The Power of Three." In this pastoral environment, Adam had room to roam, thus beginning his lifelong love of the outdoors, nature and staying active.

Soon, his talent for athletics became apparent. Much like many young men, Adam participated in multiple sports. One became his clear favorite: golf. Countless hours were spent honing his skillset on the shores of the Scranton Canoe Club at Lake Winola. He split his time playing with both his grandparents and many encouraging members, quickly learning that everything breaks to the lake!

Growing stronger every year, Adam became the Junior Club Champion in 1999 and 2000. His good nature and strong golf game were soon recognized and Adam was recruited by Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, graduating in 2003. The Power of Three were headed south to South Kingston.

Out of the woods and now in an urban locale, Adam began to flourish in this new social arena. He attended school and played four different sports, but when Adam had free time his spirit took control. Effortlessly, Adam started forging life-long friendships. Fast. An army of "Kingston Kidds" were at his beck and call.

A really hip and cool 15-year-old father figure to so many, Adam went farther south, enrolling at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Equipped with confidence and street smarts, Adam took on college with vigor and enthusiasm. He worked hard and played even harder, while continuing to make many friends and live his life to the fullest.

Balancing school and a full-time job, he was becoming a responsible and considerate adult. Earning a degree in business administration in 2008, Adam turned his attention with passion towards a career in golf. Already a seasoned employee, Adam became a professional and continued spending his springs and summers at Wyoming Valley Country Club in Hanover Township.

Adam's impact on the local golf community was ineffable. He treated everyone with respect and dignity, working at the club for eight years while never missing a day of work. He never took one sick day. Not once. A true professional.

In 2011, Adam began to establish roots in southwest Florida during the fall and winter seasons. One year later, after he had done his fair share of fishing the previous winter, he began a full-time position at Heritage Palms Country Club in Fort Myers. Adam thrived in his new environment and immediately made a positive impact there as well. Just like Mr. Hogan, he was now truly following the sun!

It was at this time he met the love of his life, Ms. Daniela Turner. They were perfect together instantly.

Adam did not just go north to south and vice versa; he was built to travel. Adam and his brother, Nathan, backpacked across Europe one summer. The next, he was on a cross-country trip to California and back again. He loved meeting new people and taking in the local color of an unfamiliar and new place.

Music. Adam and his music. He loved hardcore punk rock. He loved live and loud music. When the stage lit up and the show started, Adam was smiling. He spent a significant amount of time "behind the scenes," traveling with many bands. He sold merchandise and helped carry heavy equipment. He also took care of travel arrangements and logistics and was the driver of "the van" on many trips all over North America.

Words cannot express how much he will be missed. Adam and his legacy will live on inside us all. His life was well-lived. Adam made bad times good, made good times better, was loved and "he gone."

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas Williams Sr.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, Nathan Slamas, South Carolina; his maternal grandmother, Sally Williams, Naples, Fla.; his uncle, Thomas Williams Jr., Jackson, Wyo.; and godmother, Mary Alice Burke, Scranton.

The funeral will be today with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Church of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, concelebrated by the Rev. John Lapera. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Anthracite Golf Association, Adam Slamas Memorial Jr. Scholarship Fund, 617 Keystone Ave., Peckville, PA 18452.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donahue Funeral Home, 303 S. Main Ave., Scranton.
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Published in Times Leader on Sept. 12, 2013