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Brian Keith Adams

Elmira - Age 57, of West Elmira, NY, beloved father, brother, uncle, son, coach, and friend to many, passed away suddenly on November 13, 2020 at home. It is with our saddened hearts he left this world much too soon. He is survived by his son, Sean Adams (and long-time girlfriend Mary Meas) of Boston, MA, brother, Todd Adams (wife Nancy, nieces Maddie and Alexa) of State College, PA, and brother, Jay Adams (wife Linda) of Newell, WV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlos George and Marylou Adams of Ulster Pa, and Sean's mother, Debra Adams.

Brian was an entrepreneur who built his own company up and turned it into a very successful business. He also served his country proudly in the U.S. Air Force. He coached soccer at Notre Dame High School, guiding the team to a state title, and was also very involved with the Soaring Capitals Soccer Club.

Brian lived his life to the fullest and in the way he wanted. He always seemed to be juggling too many things at once, but you always knew that if anyone could do it, it was Brian. You couldn't make him show up on time, or respond to you before he was ready, but if you were in his circle, a large circle at that, you knew he loved you deeply. The void he left behind cannot be filled. At a future date there will be a service to celebrate his life as he would have wanted. Brian will be buried in a private service with military honors at the Bath National Cemetery.




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Published in Star-Gazette from Nov. 18 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 24, 2020
Sean and Family
So sorry to hear about your dad. Excellent and knowledgeable coach, good man, and a friend I had much respect for as a person. May he rest in peace.
Jayne and Coach D'Aloisio
November 23, 2020
I had the privelege to play soccer for Coach Adams for many years both at Notre Dame and through our travel league (including many years with Sean). Coach always impressed me with his ability to teach us humility, respect, and push us beyond what we knew we were capable of at the time. He was always incredibly generous with the team, taking us to meals before big games and making sure we had whatever we needed to play. While he always made us work hard, he also taught us the importance of laughing at ourselves every once in a while. I'll never forget him and the lessons he taught us both on and off the field, rest easy Coach. My sincere condolences to Sean and the Adams family.
Topher Strayer
Student
November 21, 2020
I was definitely shocked when I received this obit that was forwarded to me. Condolences to all the family. We have known Brian since he was a young guy - He spent a lot of time at our house as he was growing up. He went with us many times to various N-SSA Black powder shoots, of which my husband Tony was a member of many years - and also spent some weekends dog sitting our black lab. Tony got into the Ins. sales field, and when Brian left the military, he became involved in the field of Ins. and joined the same group. In a short while he left the group and opened his own business. Tony then did his business through Brian until his death in 2001. We thought a lot of Brian, and it was obvious he had a successful business. Without Tony being here to have the regular contact with Brian, I did not know much of what was going on in his later life. We were friendly with George and MaryLou, but I felt bad knowing they had both needed to be in nursing homes and all that followed. He will certainly be missed by many.
Erma Bagdon
Friend
November 21, 2020
To the entire Adam's family and in particular Sean. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sean your Dad always talked about you and how proud he was of you. I'm not sure you remember but my wife Suz and I had dinner with both you and your Dad in Boston. It was a great night and we truly enjoyed talking coaching and working with young athletes. Brian and I worked together in business but it was his friendship that meant the most to me. I am sure those great memories and times together is what he would want remembered. I hope they will bring a smile to you in those difficult days.
Lou L. Abare
Friend
November 20, 2020
My heart breaks for you, Sean! I will remember all of our younger years together. Sending you lots of hugs!
Lauren Hotaling
Family
November 20, 2020
I am so sorry to hear this. I worked at Woodbrook Assisted Living and loved his mom. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Patricia McQuaid
Acquaintance
November 20, 2020
To the Adams family: I am honored to count myself among Brian's large circle of friends! We got to know each other as both having coached at ND, and we were brother Hibernians. God Bless Brian...he will forever be in my prayers, as will his family.
Paul Titus
Friend
November 20, 2020
I am so very sad to hear of this sad news. Sean, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad was one of the best and will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Brian.
Veronica Reese
Friend
November 19, 2020
Sean,Lisa,Todd and Jay, thinking of you all. My condolences on your loss.
Bill Adams
Family
November 19, 2020
I was lucky enough to play for Coach Adams for over 7 years between school and travel soccer. He understood how to push me in a way that would individually motivate me to succeed, even if I didn't fully understand it at the time. I share my deepest condolences with his family and friends. Thank you for your service to your country and to your community, Coach. Rest peacefully.
Andrew Liles
Student
November 19, 2020
Sean, Lisa, Todd, and other family members: So sorry for your loss. I share your grief.
Dale Adams
Family
November 19, 2020
Sean and the family, I’m so very sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Such a shock. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Cousin, Debra (Adams) Titus
Debra (Adam) Titus
Family
November 19, 2020
Sean and family I am saddened to hear about the passing of Brian. I haven’t seen him in a while however I always enjoyed visiting with him when I did. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sue Adams (Your Cousin)
Sue Adams
Family
November 19, 2020
Adams Family I'm so sorry for your loss. Brian was a great guy. I was on the SCSC Board with Brian and saw first hand his love for soccer.
Carl Masler
Acquaintance
November 18, 2020
To Sean and the entire Adams family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It's still hard to believe that you are gone way too early. Thanks for all the support you gave the local schools, with all your golf tournaments every year. Also thanks for all the laughs that we shared over a few cold ones. We all know that heaven just got another angel, & ZOWY was waiting for you at heavens gates to play a round of golf and have a cold one. Fly high my friend until we can see each other again. RIP
Frank & Joey Romen
Friend
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