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Commission to appoint replacement to complete Adams' term
By Pat Andrews
posted Jul 29, 2013 - 10:22:12am
West Volusia Hospital Authority Commissioner John D. Adams died July 24. He was 87.
Adams was proud of his service in the U.S. Navy 1944-50. He was awarded a Purple Heart. He had been struggling with health problems in recent months.
Adams was known as "Airbear." He worked as a traffic-enforcement-operations consultant for the Orange County Sheriff's Office for 26 years, and in 2003 was awarded the Bell Helicopter Robert Comier Award for law-enforcement professionals in the field of aviation.
Deltona City Commissioner Chris Nabicht knew Adams for many years. Adams was engaged in civics throughout his life, Nabicht said.
The Airborne Law Enforcement Association named one of its annual awards the "Air Bear" in Adams' honor, Nabicht said.
Adams was equally proud of his service on the Hospital Authority for several terms. In 2008, he was defeated for re-election by Tracy Lunquist. In 2010, he ran unopposed for a seat on the Hospital Authority and resumed his service. His term would have expired Dec. 31, 2014.
Adams' dedication to ensuring that health care is accessible to poor people in West Volusia was unflagging, Hospital Authority Chairwoman Kathie Shepard said.
"He did a lot of good things," Shepard said. "He was on the ball. He knew what he was doing."
Adams will be missed, she said.
He will be remembered during a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, in the Lankford Funeral Home Chapel at 220 E. New York Ave. in DeLand.
His cremains will be buried in the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, which is near one of his sons, Hospital Authority Attorney Ted Small said.
Small will share reflections about Adams during the memorial service. He called him "our respected and courageous public servant."
Adams, who lived in Deltona, is survived by his wife, Jeanette, his daughter, Mary Schaperow, and sons John Adams and Michael Adams. A daughter, Kathleen Weaver, predeceased him.
Time will be set aside during the Hospital Authority meeting Thursday, Aug. 15, for a moment of silence and then sharing memories of Adams.
During the Thursday, Sept. 19, meeting, commissioners will take up the matter of appointing a replacement to complete the remainder of Adams' term.
Both meetings begin at 5 p.m. in the DeLand Police Department community room at 219 W. Howry Ave., and are open to the public.
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