Amelia (Gamsky) Adams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Amelia (Gamsky) Adams, 45, of Pine Cobble Rd., Williamstown, died Wednesday evening, June 22, 2005 at the North Adams Regional Hospital. She was born in Wauwatosa, Wis. on January 25, 1960, a daughter of Edward Ned Gamsky and Joan (Koch) Gamsky. She attended schools in Wauwatosa and graduated from Wauwatosa West High School with the Class of 1978. She then graduated with a B.A. degree in communications arts in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amelia was employed as an account executive at WTEN Channel 10 in Albany, N.Y. She then began working as an actor. Over her career, she performed in over 50 plays from San Francisco to Cooperstown, N.Y, receiving three best actor awards. Area theaters in which she performed included the Oldcastle Theater Co., New York State Theatre Institute, the Leatherstocking Theatre, the Theater Barn, the Albany Civic Theatre and the Columbia Civic Theatre. She also performed in over 170 on-camera productions including television commercials, industrial videos, hosting local network specials including the Real Estate Showcase on Time Warner Television, independent films and major motion picture features. She also taught acting at several local schools and served as an adjunct professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., teaching an acting course with the winter study program. She was a member of Actor's Equity Association, the American Federation of Radio and Television Actors and the Screen Actors Guild. Survivors include her husband Colin Adams of Williamstown; one daughter, Alexa Adams of Williamstown; one son, Colton Adams of Williamstown; father and mother, Edward Ned Gamsky and Joan (Koch) Gamsky of Fort Myers, Fla.; one sister, Teresa Schlicting of Bloomington, Minn.; one brother, Thomas Gamsky of Moraga, Calif.; many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Amelia Adams will take place Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Williams College to be followed by a reception at the Williams College '62 Center for Theater and Dance. Private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for Alex's Lemonade Stand Fund, an organization that fights pediatric cancer, the Oldcastle Theater Co. or for the Theater Barn through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA which are in charge of arrangements.

Published in Albany Times Union on June 25, 2005