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September 22, 2018

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November 20, 2017
Adam was a World II very close friend of my husband, Theron (Bill) Given. We always kept in touch with Adam all these years. As a matter if fact, I had an e-mail from Adam just before his passing. My husband, Bill, passed away in 2015. My thoughts and prayers are with all your family.
November 10, 2017
I just heard about Adam and am very sorry for your loss. I met him through Honor Flight and we continued to keep in touch.

I loved how he was not afraid of technology. I am very glad that I got to see him one last time at the benefit concert in Greece this summer.
November 9, 2017
My deepest condolences to the DeSantis family.

I met Adam several years ago and taught chess with him at a few different schools such as Victor, Washington Irving (a school in Gates that no longer exists) and Seton as well as at a couple of libraries. Even though I saw myself as relatively experienced, there was almost always something new to be learned from watching him teach and interact with students.

Adam was a fantastic teacher but was an even better friend. He was always willing to help and usually did this with little or no fanfare. I consider it an honor that Adam was willing to spend time with me telling me stories, news, history, etc., but is truly humbling that he allowed me to consider him a friend.
November 9, 2017
Our condolences to all of the DeSantis family at this difficult time. May happy memories help support you.

I am certain there are many kids that have grown up learning chess due to Adam's patience and I know they are better for having known him. Even though I don't play chess, I looked forward to seeing him in person or receiving emails about Honor Flight, chess games/players, and his WWII experience. He would talk with my husband about airplanes and always have a story to tell.

My son Calvin and I met Adam at the Chili Library chess club in the summer of 2011 when my son was 10 years old. Calvin had played chess at school and liked it and when I saw a newspaper ad for the club, I thought he might enjoy it. We made it there several times through the years and Adam and Fred were always supportive of the kids, no matter their age or chess level. Occasionally they had guest players come and do simuls with the kids. The guest players were young adults that had met Adam and Fred through the years and they wanted to give back to the younger chess players. The guest players may not have realized it, but they were following the role model that Adam and Fred had shown a love of chess and a desire to share it with others. It was, and is, a great experience for the kids and, of course, they always provided snacks that made it that much more fun.

My son continues to play chess at school in the chess club and with the chess team. He has participated in the Marchand Tournament since 2012 and Adam would always be there to check on him and the other kids that he knew from the Chili Library or the Rochester Chess Center. He would gently warn me to not push too hard and let my son determine for himself his level of chess interest and I've taken that parenting advice to heart in many ways :)

With caring thoughts,
Lynn & Bryan Moulton