UPDATE: West Seattle musician and 'Big Brother' Steve Adams has died

Celebration of life saw more than a a hundred friends on Oct. 13

by Jeff Gilbert

It is with profound sadness that we announce the loss of West Seattle resident and fixture “Stumbletown” Steven E. Adams, 56, who unexpectedly passed away on October 8, 2012.

A lifelong West Seattle resident, Steve was extremely passionate about his neighborhood, family, friends, sports, his beloved cat Scully. He was also a prolific songwriter and collaborated on several community charity music projects and even recorded three albums of original material.

Steve attended West Seattle schools and graduated from Western Washington University. He went on to work for the Boeing Co. for the last 26 years.

In 2006, Steve was named King County Big Brother of the Year. An endlessly enthusiastic and positive personality, he said recently, “I like a little about everything. I need to have good books, good music, good food and great friends. I’ve been lucky enough to have all fall into my world.

Steve is preceded in death by his parents; Bill and JoAnn Adams and is survived by his wife Mary Anne Spada, sons Matt Adams and Eric Adams, brothers Kevin Adams (wife Terry) and Tim Adams, plus, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and in laws, along with a community of friends who will miss him.

Steve was a wonderfully free spirit.

The celebration of Steve's life held at the Feedback Lounge 6451 California Ave SW on Saturday, October 13, 2012 saw more than one hundred of Steve's friends and family take part in sharing memories, impressions and stories about him. A slide show of images was on display and a painting of Steve was displayed near a guestbook.


Jeff Gilbert said at the celebration, "I'm very angry and sad this week but I'm so happy to have known him. I'm a much better person having known him. He was so positive. I've never met anybody more positive in my entire life and I'm positive about that."

Many people spoke at the celebration and Gilbert led everyone in a toast to Adams.

Skip Bryson who also spoke knew Steve for many years said, "We grew up together we played a lot of sports. We were into the same rock n' roll music. He was a great guy. He was one of my best friends and we went to a lot of concerts together. We spent a lot of time together and I miss him terribly."

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