Robert K. Adams, RIP

ROBERT KEITH (BOB) ADAMS, 1934-2017, of Miami and born in Oak Park, Illinois, passed away on Thursday April 13th. He built a 47-year legacy with Boy Scouts of America as a leader, scoutmaster and co-founder of Troop 941 at Vineland Elementary. Through scouting, he taught hundreds of boys to swim, and dozens of them to become lifeguards.

Bob was born in Oak Park, Ill. to Marion Louise Camp and Reginald George Adams, a VP at a fire insurance company in Chicago. He graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1952. He attended Northwestern University and was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He left college to serve in the United States Marine Corps in San Diego, then returned to Northwestern and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature in 1959.

While working at Northwestern’s SBX bookstore, he met Marlene Enchelmayer in 1958, and they married June 24, 1960 in Evanston. In 1962 they moved to Miami just as the Cuban Missile Crisis was heating up. Bob Adams worked in commercial and wholesale sales for firms including IBM, Miami Exhibits, ACS exhibits, Sears Commercial Flooring, Bostitch/Textron, Cain and Bultman, and Homestead Transfer & Storage while Marlene Adams taught at Coral Gables High School.

He was preceded in death by his ex-wife and friend Marlene in 2013 and sibling Phyllis Ann Adams in 2015.

He is survived by his sons Robertson Adams, 53, of South Miami (wife Michele Ready, daughter Morgan Adams) and Jonathan Adams, 48, of Stamford, CT (wife Karen Adams, sons Jacob and Benjamin Adams), both of whom became Eagle Scouts.

BOB ADAMS wanted a BIG party to celebrate his life when it ended – so we are inviting everyone to a fun-oriented, kid-friendly cookout party in a park on Saturday, May 13th. Pot-luck sides, salads, and desserts are welcome!  The location is to be announced.

BOB ADAMS wanted a BIG party to celebrate his life when it ended – so we are inviting everyone to a fun-oriented, kid-friendly cookout party in a park on Saturday, May 13th noon to 3 p.m. at RIVIERA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH fellowship hall. Pot-luck sides, salads, and desserts are welcome.

Contact robertson.adams@gmail.com for information.