Seward citizen and man of the sea, Steve Adams, passed away on June 12th, 2016. Steve spent the vast majority of his time in Seward, on the water, working on everything with a keel and a rudder.
Steve is survived by his mother Joyce Adams and siblings David, Barb and Deborah all of whom would rarely see Steve in his formative years as he frequented the local fishing holes of Valparaiso, Indiana. After serving honorably in Vietnam and returning with a Purple Heart, it was this incessant love of fishing as well as a longing to see the West that led to a road trip to see Alaska. The road trip turned into 40 years and Steve became an example to many of happiness and contentment by way of being employed in his dream job of captaining right where he wanted to be, Seward.
He completed his bachelor’s degree at UAF in Fairbanks (Dean’s List) and worked for the Department of Fish and Game for a while before being called to the sea and deciding to anchor in Seward. He was blessed to have been joined by several other fellow Midwesterners who would remain his friends throughout his life. These relationships, as well as those he was able to forge with fellow residents were, and remain, Steve’s most treasured asset.
He never lost his sense of adventure and longing to travel and was able to visit many a tropical destination. Despite his numerous tales of sandy beaches and rum drinks, Steve was always happy to return home and to oversee the sugar snap peas in his garden and flowers in and around his home.
Steve was returned to the sea on June 16th by his son, in accordance with his wishes to become even more of a part of the area he loved so much. His spirit will live on with every departing vessel leaving the harbor and every moment of fellowship shared over his countless tales of his adventures and observations (as well as his legendary stubbornness). The family will forever be grateful for the attention and love paid to Steve in his final days by his longtime partner Cathy White.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, those wishing to donate in honor of Steve are asked to please consider donating to the Fisher House in Anchorage which provided assistance to his loved ones while Steve was in Anchorage. Donations of any amount can be mailed to: Alaska Fisher House Board of Directors, 724 E 15th Avenue, Anchorage AK 99501 – in honor of Steven L. Adams.