Biography: Our beloved Zeke L. Adams Sr. was born in New York City on January 1, 1966 to parents Harry Q. Adams, Sr. who retired from New York City Board of Education and Anne R. Adams, who retired from United States Postal Service. On Thursday, October 15, 2020, Zeke’s unexpected transition occurred peacefully in his home at the early age of 54, and his memory will be cherished forever.
Zeke was the youngest of five children who attended various New York City schools throughout his youth, including Morris High School in the Bronx, NY. As the baby of the family, Zeke naturally received the most attention (and the best toys and gifts) on holidays, especially Christmas. In the mid 1970’s, one of his most treasured childhood possessions was a mountain bike that was gifted to him by his maternal grandparents Thomas and Ethel Williams. He loved music, dance and being outdoors, was
carefree, athletic and adventurous. He also enjoyed traveling with his siblings on many family outings, like trips to the zoo, circus, amusement parks and sporting events. In life, Zeke was a constant work in progress, whose patience was truly a virtue as he set out into the world as a young adult in pursuit of his many goals in life.
Zeke Adams Sr. was the COO and Director of Life Skills Through Chess Initiative, under the non-profit organization Inner City Tech, Inc. Zeke was steadfast in his mission of teaching today’s youth important life skills through this chess initiative, which ultimately enabled students to challenge their minds and utilize strategic thinking to navigate through life. He also provided assistance to those in need of basic and advanced computer skills to compete in today’s marketplace. In addition, he volunteered his time to work with other nonprofit organizations such as Circle of Support, You Me & Us, Inc., Citizen and Lead By Example Reverse the Trend Inc.
Zeke was the founder of two companies: Zeke’s Computer World, LLC, and Zazzy’s Grills & Accessories, where he worked tirelessly to grow and develop these businesses. He was also a contributor at Inclusion The Movement as an Executive in general marketing, and advertising. Zeke became a partner in the newly formed The Legends Lounge, Inc. Bar and Restaurant located in Harlem, NY. In collaboration with Inner City Tech, Inc., and The Legends Lounge Inc., he generously volunteered his time to assist with a program that implemented the Feed NYC Initiative, which provided fresh, healthy, and nutritious meals to Harlem residents suffering from food insecurity.
Zeke leaves a supportive family to reflect, remember and cherish his great memories. They include: his fiancé Redella Muir; his children: Zekeya Adams, Zeke Adams Jr. and Zachary Adams; his stepchildren: Charles Adams, Giselle Dalhouse and 5 grandchildren; his sisters Tanya Adams Simpson and Melka Davis (Derrick); brothers Kasim P. Adams (Marya) and Harry Q. Adams Jr. (Cynthia); plus numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and extended family who all loved him dearly. Zeke is predeceased by his parents and oldest sister Yvette M. Adams.