Daniel Adams

Obituary of Daniel J. Adams

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Daniel J. Adams, 81, of Sweet Brier Dr., died on Friday Sept. 8, 2017 at his residence after a long, courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Dec. 21, 1935 in Buffalo, NY and was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Weber Adams.  Daniel served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War from 1954-1962.  On special assignment, he once served as aide to the late Secretary of State, the Honorable John Foster Dulles.  He graduated from St. Joseph Collegiate High School, Buffalo and graduated from Canisius College in part through the Korean G.I. Bill.  He completed a course of study at Rutgers “School of Alcohol Studies”.

Dan was a lobbyist for the Brewing Industry his whole career.  Beginning with P. Ballantine & Sons, Inc., Newark, NJ.  He then spent many successful years with the United States Brewers Association (USBA), in 1967, first as Manager of Trade Relations, NY, NY then moving to Director of Advertising and Trade Relations, Washington, D.C., before serving as Regional Vice President Public & Governmental Affairs, Albany, NY until 1986.  In 1986, he formed his own Association, Daniel J. Adams Associates, where he continued to Lobby for Breweries and other major industries until he retired at the age of 75.

Daniel made many trips to his dear friend Henry King’s orphanage in Hondorus to assist in the clothing, feeding, cleaning and sheltering of many homeless children.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and sporting events, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family, particularly his many grandchildren.

He was married to his best friend Josephine Joy for 55 years.  Daniel and Josephine are the parents of Daniel (Collette), Newcastle, CA, John (Angela), Nassau, NY, Courtney (Peter) Mahar, East Greenbush, NY Michael (Alisha), St. Albans, VT, Kevin (Tammy), Selden, NY, Nichlaus (Shea), East Greenbush, NY, Megan (Scott) LaMountain, Clifton Park, NY and grandparents to 26 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Joan Schnitter and Arleene Dowd and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 am from Corpus Christi Church in Ushers where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Calling hours will be from 4-8 pm Wednesday in the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Rt. 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Interment with full military honors will be in the Jonesville Cemetery, Jonesville, NY.

The family wishes to thank the care, concern and professionalism of his medical team, especially Dr. Kolios, Dr. Schlossberg, Dr. Bernstein, Dr. Schumacher and Rubin Dialysis.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions in Daniel’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Jude’s Tribute Program, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38101-9908

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4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Gordon C. Emerick ​Funeral Home
1550 Route Nine
Clifton, New York, United States
(518) 371-5454


9:00 am - 9:45 am
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Corpus Christi Church
2001 Route 9 (at Ushers Road Exit 10)
Round Lake, New York, United States


10:00 am - 10:30 am
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Jonesville Cemetery
993 Main Street
Clifton Park, New York, United States
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