Tribute to Robert M. Adamson

In Tribute
Robert M. Adamson – 81
6/25/1938 – 6/6/2020
Rockford, IL

Robert M. Adamson, a beloved 25 year employee at Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois passed away on Saturday June 6, 2020 at the age of 81.

Bob was a hard worker who owned and operated the Sears Catalog Store in Oregon for 17 years before joining Goodwill in 1995.  During his time with Goodwill, Bob served in many roles, most recently as business manager and as a mentor for Goodwill Future Leaders; Bob was passionate about Goodwill and connecting with the young people he served.

“Bob was one of those rare people that you could talk to about anything,” Ben Bernsten, president of Goodwill Northern Illinois said.  “People felt a connection to him right away.”

Bob had a strong faith in God, was an avid golfer, fan of Tiger Woods, and was Club Champ at Silver Ridge Golf Course — twice. He loved baseball and was a die-hard Cubs fan even getting to experience a World Series game with his son, which he cherished. Remarkably, he also played semi-professional baseball when he was younger. He was a life long Iowa Hawkeye fan, loved to read, enjoyed history and was incredibly patriotic. Bob will be remembered as a people person who was always willing to help others in their time of need. But, most importantly, he was a devoted family man. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley of Rockford, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial recognizing Bob’s contributions to Goodwill will be established in the near future.