Nov. 11, 2014 By Christian Murray
Luke Adams, a long-serving volunteer and former Sunnyside business owner, passed away from cardiac arrest last night at 8 pm. He was 76.
Adams, who was at one time the president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, was well known by the community for his work with the Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club and SunnysideArtists.org. Furthermore, he was the first recipient of the Sunnysider of the Year award, which is named after him.
“Luke Adams is a local treasure,” said Pat Dorfman, at a fundraiser in honor of him earlier this year. “He is the best promoter in Queens and loyal to a fault,” she said at the time.
Adams had lived in Sunnyside for more than 40 years. He owned a travel agency on 43rd Street for many years.
He also had a vast collection of photographs that showcased Sunnyside and its history.
“We are all saddened by the news that Luke Adams has passed away, said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in a statement. “Luke loved Sunnyside like no other person could.”
State Sen. Mike Gianaris echoed these sentiments. “Luke Adams was a Sunnyside icon who dedicated his life to making his neighborhood a better place, and he will be deeply missed,” he said in a statement.
There will be a wake at Lynch Funeral Home on Thursday and a funeral mass at St Raphaels on Friday at 11am. (click for details)