DAVENPORT - George Joseph Adams, 81, died at his home in Davenport, of natural causes on Sept. 30, 2017. George's son, Tim cared for him at the end of his life.
Born in Brooklyn, George moved to Gramercy Park in Manhattan with his mother, Mary Walsh. He received his education from Brooklyn Preparatory School, New York and Boston College, Massachusetts.
His career as a photographer spanned 30 years, starting in the 60s working among the ad men of Madison Avenue. He photographed jewels for Cartier, elephants for Barnum & Bailey Circus and more. His photography was sought by advertising agencies for corporations and brands such as IBM, Jello and Campbell's Soup. His secession of studios were in the Flatiron District and Midtown Manhattan.
George wrote four books. "How To Photograph a Woman" was published by Avon Press in 1979. He secured a deal with Simon & Schuster, creating the character Charlie Byrne a sleuthing photog who appeared in "Swindle," published in 1989 and its sequel, "Insider's Price" published in 1993. A final novel "A Cowboy's Life is My Occupation" was published digitally in 2011.
A lifelong guitar aficionado, George owned a variety including a prized Martin which he had restored. He studied classical guitar throughout his life and practiced a few bars of music every evening. He joined the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York when it formed.
George retired to his farm in Delaware County in 1990. He was an avid fly fisherman and bird hunter. He acknowledged his style of hunting was, "taking the gun for a walk and napping in the woods." During his retirement he landscaped a pond, stocked it with trout and generously shared his farm and the beauty of Charlotte Valley with his family.
George is survived by daughter, Rebecca Adams of Manhattan; son, Tim Adams of Davenport; and daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Ackley of Oneonta; grandchildren, Samuel Adams, Jennifer Adams Schuster, Mary Helen Griesenbeck, Katherine Ackley and his former wife, Rena Howland of Manhattan.
Burial will be private.
A memorial will be announced.
Published on October 6, 2017