Robert L. Adams, former president and CEO of Adams, Cameron and Co. Realtors, died peacefully on January 11, surrounded by his family. He was 79 years old.
Adams, a U.S. Air Force veteran, moved to Ormond Beach in 1971 where he entered the real estate profession to work alongside his mother, Helen Adams, in her real estate shop which, at the time, had no than five other agents. According to his obituary, provided to Observer by her family, Adams and her mother redefined “the way real estate was traded in the area” in 1978 after Helen Adams Realty merged with Cameron Realty. Adams was named president and CEO of the new company, just four years after becoming a partner and sales manager at his mother’s real estate company.
Together they made Adams, Cameron and Co. Realtors one of the largest real estate companies in the area.
He was the first president and chairman of the board of the Realty World Brokers Council of East Central Florida, the founding director of the International Association of Realty World Brokers, and in 1979 received the Board of Realtors Diamond Pin award.
In 1982 Adams founded Adams Cameron Title Company. After that year, he served as President of the Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors, was named Realtor of the Year in 1991, and was recognized as an Honorary Life Member in 2001, to name a few- some of his distinctions. Outside of the real estate community, Adams, a Seabreeze High School alumnus and University of South Florida graduate, was part of the Daytona Beach Quarterback Club, University Club, and Ormond Beach Rotary Club, “where his passion for helping others within the community led him to become a three-time recipient of the Paul Harris Award,” his obituary read.
The Buffalo, New York native also maintained friendships and memberships at Beech Mountain Country Club, Halifax River Yacht Club, Oceanside Country Club and Rock Harbor Club of Key Largo. Adams has also served on the boards of local banks and founded the board of Coquina Bank.
His obituary states that Adams had a passion for the area and enjoyed taking his family to Ponce Inlet by boat on weekends. He also loved the Florida Keys, where and his wife, Ryan — whom he married in 1967 — later bought a second home.
“Bob was known for his impromptu trips to the [North Carolina] mountains with his wife and children,” his obituary reads. “After exploring every little mountain town, he and Ryan finally made Beech Mountain their lifelong getaway and enjoyed entertaining guests and hosting large family gatherings. featuring Bob’s fabulous gourmet meals and stories around the fireplace. “
Adams is survived by his wife of 55 years; his four children: John, Erin, Ryan and Lauren; and nine grandchildren who called him “GrandBob”.
“Those of us who are fortunate enough to be his immediate family are aware that he touched many lives and considered many people in the community to be his extended family, always offering support, encouragement and love,” says his wife. obituary.
A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 20 at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, located at 1000 Ocean Shore Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Adams Cameron Foundation, which was co-founded by Adams in 2017.