In Memory of



Obituary for Stephen Adams

Stephen J. Adams, age 60, passed away on June 11, 2017.

He was born on July 18, 1956 to John P. Adams, Sr. and

Antoinette Ranieri Adams. He grew up in Baldwinsville, NY

and attended Syracuse University.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, John

P. Adams, Jr. and also his by his “second mother”, Maria


He was a devoted and loving father and caring friend. He

had a consuming passion for cars, and worked in the auto

industry throughout his life. He was extremely knowledgeable

and turned a mead wrench. His other vocation was cat lover.

His intellectual curiosity was boundless and he was interested

in all things scientific, especially weather, space and the natural

world. He loved Star Trek and science fiction. He was an avid

Buffalo Bills fan and enjoyed watching auto racing, usually from

behind his eyelids. He liked watching This Week with George

Stephanopoulos, which he referred to as “the weekly argument”.

He told terrible jokes, real groaners, and sang car songs off key,

and we loved him for it all. He made tremendously good coffee

and took care of us.

He is survived by his wife and friend, Melissa Colbert Adams and

his pride and joy, his son Avery John Adams both of Phoenix, NY.

He is also survived by his sister Patti Peek of North Syracuse and

Joanne Colbert of Phoenix. He leaves behind cousins Peter,

Michael, Joseph and John Ranieri and their families. He is

survived by his beloved cats, Gemma, Amelia, Lady Grey,

and Ptolemy.

Calling hours are on Wednesday June 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. in

the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St.,

Phoenix. Services are private.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to honor Steve, please consider

a donation to Spay and Neuter of Syracuse or Helping Hounds.

Also, maybe go to the Syracuse Nationals and live it up.

“Why did the Italians lose the war? Because they used rigatoni

instead of shells”