After a valiant four-and-a-half-year battle, Mike Adams' body finally had enough and he passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. His warmth and wisdom continue on. He died peacefully, at home in Key West.
Mike was born in Richmond, Ind., on Sept. 21, 1943, to Charles Thomas Adams and RoseAnn Linderman Adams. He grew up in Richmond, an active member of the 4-H, and graduated from Richmond High School. After graduation, Mike worked at the Second National Bank in Indiana and attended The Chicago School of Banking. He then joined the automobile dealership of Bob Sizemore. When he moved to Fort Wayne, he worked for another automobile agency and attended several automotive institutes. Mike loved horses and bought, trained and sold them. Moving on to Tennessee and Virginia, he ran several mobile home dealerships. He loved fishing, sailing, and flying, even owning his own plane. He also had a passion for classic cars and bought and sold several over the years. He loved music and history. He leaves behind a large collection of books and guitars and a couple of cars.
Mike moved to Florida in 1978. He lived in Sarasota and Venice, where he sold real estate.
Drawn by his love of fishing and sailing, he eventually gravitated to Key West, where he lived his dream on a sailboat. He was recovering from a car accident on Pine Island (Weeki Wachee), when he met the love of his life, Sharen. They married and came to Key West, where they had a wonderful life together swimming, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, boating and riding bikes all over their chosen "hometown." Mike worked as the used car manager at Duncan Ford and later became the night supervisor at the Pink Taxi Company.
Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Sharen Basting Adams, and his two loving little Shih Tzus, Samantha (his nurse through the entire process with cancer), and Tillie Valentine (the one who could always put a smile on his face). Mike also leaves behind his younger sister, Patricia Clark; two well-loved children from a previous marriage, Christian and Becky; a sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and many, many friends.
His parents and his stepson Raymond Bertram Adams predeceased him.
Mike will be buried in the family plot in Richmond, Ind. Donations can be sent to VNA/Hospice of the Florida Keys, 1319 William St., Key West, FL 33040. A celebration of Mike's life will be announced at a later date.
Mike will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew him!