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Robert “Bob” Anthony Adams

9/28/1948 - 12/19/2023

Robert “Bob” Anthony Adams, age 75 of Bayard, West Virginia and Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away December 19th, 2023. He was born September 28th, 1948 in Cleveland, OH to the late Frank and Evelyn Adams.

Bob retired as a computer programmer with Reliance Electric and Rockwell Automation.

Bob was a proud Navy veteran. He was a sonar technician on the USS Richard L Page DEG-5 and retired from the Navy reserves after 27 years of service.  He earned the Naval “Polar Bear” award after crossing The Arctic circle in 1970 while doing a mission for NATO.

In his younger years, Bob was a Sportman and enjoyed both hunting and fishing in Canada and West Virginia.

In retirement, he was an avid tomato gardener and genealogy enthusiast building the family tree. He enjoyed traveling back to Ohio for family reunions or “The Polish Picnic” and reuniting with his Navy comrades at the USS Richard L Page DEG-5 Ship reunions. Bob also enjoyed hanging with friends at the draft house to watch his favorite team the Cleveland Browns. Due to his love of gardening and especially tomato gardening, his friends lovingly nicknamed him “Tomato Bob”.

Bob is the loving husband of Carol Adams; dearest father of Cathy (Cary) Zalba and the late Jonathan Adams; beloved grandfather of Elizabeth and William Zalba; stepfather of Shawn Harvey; step grandfather of Christina Harvey; brother of Bill Adams; uncle to Tracie, Kris, and Scott.

The Adams family will receive friends from 3:00 – 5:30 PM Saturday, February 24th, 2024 at Jeff Monreal Funeral Home, 1000 Mentor Ave., Painesville. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 5:30 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be held at 11:15 AM Monday, February 26th, 2024 at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, OH. Please arrive at the cemetery at 10:45 AM.

Donations can be made in Bob’s name to https://www.achaheart.org/get-involved/donate/give-to-acha/

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11 Replies to “Robert “Bob” Anthony Adams”

  1. I am sorry for our loss Bobby is now with Momma and Daddy in heaven love you your brother Bill


  2. Will miss you old salty. Glad made contact with you in 2015,after all this time .Sunny sky, fair winds, and calm seas.The Navy saying.


  3. I was a sonarman on the Page with Bobby. That was his nickname on the Page. I last saw him at the reunion in St Louis. He was a great shipmate, well-liked by all. I hated to hear this. I am sorry for your loss.


  4. Going to miss u my good good friend. We miss u every Sunday funday you made all of our family smile. Till we meet again Bob. R I P. It’s not going to be the same


  5. Always enjoyed sharing with Bob at the Page reunions. I was an FTG1 on the Page in Athens. We will miss Bob at the reunion in Savanah in March. Rest in peace Shipmate.


  6. Enjoyed hearing all his knowledge of our family at the Polish Picnic. Especially enjoyed the slide show of so many photos I’d never seen.
    Good bless all his family.


  7. Bob and I worked together on the USS Page maintaining the Sonar transmitters.
    I always enjoyed seeing him at the ship’s reunions. Missing him already.


  8. Karen Kanoski Gretchen February 17, 2024 at 4:00 am

    So sorry for your lose Carol and family. So sorry Bill. I remember when We were young visiting with your family. My Mom was your Grandmother’s Sister and your Mom’s Aunt. Her name was Joann Cichon Kanoski.


  9. Irene Cihon Dietz February 20, 2024 at 11:08 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s (still Bobby to all is us under Richard) passing. There is an entire family missing his ancestry posts, as well as the pictures of tomatoes and flowers. He always stopped to pay my parents a visit when he was in Ohio and my Dad truly appreciated seeing him regularly.


  10. Rose A (Cihon) Warren February 23, 2024 at 11:02 am

    So sorry for your family’s loss—he was Uncle Richard’s favorite—they always sat together and reminisced over old times—two sailors. He brought many photos to share to the family gatherings and was a wealth of knowledge about the family history. I was always impressed with his tomato crops. He was also quick with a joke and loved to laugh. It was apparent that he was always very proud of his children and grandchildren. May he rest in peace.🙏


  11. Gary Korzec (1983-1986 SK) March 11, 2024 at 10:01 pm

    Bob always wanted me to get guys from my era to Reunions. I wish I would have known he resided in Port St. Lucie,Fl because I did too. He will be missed dearly at Page Reunions.


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