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Joseph “Murph” Adams, Sr.


Joseph “Murph” Adams, Sr. of Suscon passed away Friday, January 1, 2016 due to injuries sustained from an ATV accident while hunting. He was surrounded by his loving family, who never left his side throughout his stay at Geisinger Hospital. Murph was the son of the late Joseph and Philomena Patte Adams of Dupont. He was a graduate of Dupont High School and a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston.

As a young man, Murph loved the game of baseball and played on some of the best local fast-pitch teams. He and his teams often traveled across the country to play in large tournaments. Murph was also a dedicated outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish throughout his entire life.

Murph and the love of his life, the former Mary Jo Brady, were married for 50 years and raised four wonderful sons together. They eventually came to have four grandchildren, all of whom they adored.

Murph retired about 25 years ago from Pope and Talbot Paper Mill, where he held the position of Union President. After his retirement, he became involved in local politics. He was a proud member of the Pittston Township Board of Supervisors for the past 20 years. He held this elected position with great regard and integrity. Murph was very committed to his position and loved serving the residents of Pittston Township.

Murph was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jo Brady Adams in 2014; his daughter-in-law, Deborah Salerno Adams; and his only sibling, Christina Adams Mullen.

Surviving are four sons: Joseph Jr. and his wife Lori and their son Michael; Jeff and his wife Alicia and their son Jeffrey Jr; Chris and his wife Denise and their daughters Milena and Gianna; and Paul and his companion Rosemary Sciandra and her son Nico Ginocchetti; brother-in-law, Joseph Mullen, Dupont; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Murph will be most missed for his appreciation and zest for life. His family will keep his memory in their hearts forever.

Special thank you to the AICU staff of both Geisinger Wyoming Valley and Danville for their compassion, kindness, and care during this most difficult time.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 1:00pm in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William Street, Pittston. Friends may call Wednesday morning from 10:00am until 12:30pm at the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William Street, Pittston. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Carmel Church Hall Building Fund.

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