Murrysville photographer never stopped capturing moments |
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Rich Cholodofsky

David Adams loved photography, so much so that even after his job at local newspapers came to an end, he continued to work in the field.

“He just took prom pictures last month at Spectrum Charter School in Monroeville,” his wife Bonnijean said. “He just liked the interaction. He was very easy going and had so much patience.”

David P. Adams of Murrysville died Monday, June 3, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was 68.

Mr. Adams was born March 17, 1951, in McKeesport, the son of the late Michael and Margaret (Skurnick) Adams.

“He was a fantastic dad and grandfather,” his wife said.

Mr. Adams was a member of the last class of Westinghouse Memorial High School and a graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where he trained as a photo lab technician and later went to work for the Gateway weekly newspapers. He continued to take pictures throughout his life for other publications, schools and local organizations, his wife said.

Mr. Adams most recently worked as a new employee trainer for Carclo Technical Plastics in Export and Latrobe.

He was a former member and past president of the Murrysville Lions Club, a longtime member of St. Mary Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Export and was an avid supporter of the Franklin Regional High School marching band, where his daughters and later his granddaughter were members.

“He just loved the formations and the music, everything,” his wife said.

As a child he played the accordion and marched in his own high school band, where he played the tuba, according to his wife.

Mr. Adams was also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, so much so that nearly two-thirds of his extensive collection of ball caps was related to the team.

For all of his work and hobbies, family was still his top priority.

In addition to his wife, Bonnijean Cooney Adams, he is survived by daughters Susan Adams, Lisa (Lou) Garbin, Nettie (Eric) Matheny, and Racquel (Chris) Matijak; brothers Ray (Patti) Adams and Bob (Mary) Adams; five grandchildren; foster grandchildren, and one on the way.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, June 21, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 5900 Kennedy Ave., Export, followed by a funeral mass beginning at 11 a.m.

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