On Tuesday March 3, 2020, Leo James Adamski passed away in Boca Raton, FL, during his customary winter stay in the Sunshine State.
He was born in 1935 in a small town in Michigan, as one of five siblings to the late David V. Adamski and Hattie (Myshok) Adamski.
Leo had an exciting life. He graduated from Michigan Tech having worked summer jobs, such as with the merchant marine to put himself through college. After graduation, he was ready to conquer the world and the first exciting step was when his employer, the Caterpillar Company, transferred him to their overseas marketing staff in Geneva, Switzerland. His next assignments included Casablanca, Morocco, then Singapore, working on projects in the Far East from India to Japan.
During this time he met a lovely and vivacious Austrian lady. They married in Vienna and moved to Florida, with Leo taking on a position as heavy equipment marketing manager for the Southeastern part of the U.S. where he was, among others, involved in the construction of Disney World.
After four years, Leo and Ingrid returned to the Far East where they had met and both loved. The company headquarters was in Hong Kong. Leo travelled a lot and Ingrid joined the Austrian Consulate.
Back in the U.S. they took up residence in California, then moved to Lagos, Nigeria, for three years. This was the last and most challenging overseas assignment.
After that, Leo took on a California government position in Marin County near San Francisco, where he worked until his retirement. During this time he rediscovered his love for the great outdoors and enjoyed fly-fishing and hiking in the High Sierra mountains and partaking in the cultural life that San Francisco had to offer.
Upon his retirement, Leo and Ingrid decided to divide their time equally between Vienna, Austria, the city Leo enjoyed because of its pleasant atmosphere and cultural and historic events, and Florida as well as the Caribbean because of their mild winters.
Leo was generally loved and appreciated by family and friends as an interesting and knowledgeable person due to his many experiences worldwide. He had a great sense of humor and fascinated his listeners with exciting or funny tales. During his retirement in Vienna, his interest in music and history deepened and there was barely a discussion on economics or world events that he could not join in on. He enjoyed the many evenings out with his friends and travelling in Europe and the Caribbean.
He was predeceased in death by two younger siblings, Richard Adamski and Patrick Adamski of Farmington Hills, MI. He is survived by his wife Ingrid of 52 years, his two sisters, Mrs. Rita Link of Burton, MI, and Mrs. Joanne Suchodolski of Pompano Beach, FL, as well as nephews and their families in California, Florida, and Michigan. A Christian funeral mass will be held at the Church of the Ascension in Boca Raton, FL, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Leo will be greatly missed.
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