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Adam Joseph StopkaAdam Joseph Stopka, 48, of Greensboro, went home to be with The Lord on Saturday, August 3, 2019. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Ebenezer Lutheran Church with Rev. Fair officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Adam was born in New Haven, Connecticut to the late, Joseph Dominic Stopka and Sally Ann Dresser Stopka. He worked for one company his entire professional career Lorillard/ ITG Brands where he was promoted multiple times and moved everywhere from Connecticut to Cincinnati to Cleveland finally settling in Greensboro. He was an avid fly fisherman and spent many days wading the Farmington and Hammonasset Rivers. He had a love for animals and nature; he especially loved his dogs Mookie and Blue. He had a keen sense of humor and was a skilled golfer. Later in life, he discovered a passion for playing tennis with his wife. Most of all he loved his wife, sons and family. He was very proud of them. Along with his father, he is preceded in death by his Aunt Mary Jane Hedberg, as well as his beloved dogs Sophie, Ollie and Maggie. Adam is survived by his wife of 21 years, Catherine Marsh Stopka; sons, Terry Huett (Kana), James Stopka, Zachary Stopka, and Dylan Stopka; grandchild, Lina Huett; mother, Sally Ann Stopka; brother, Matt Stopka; nephews, Ben, Matthew, and Brennan Stopka as well as a loving extended family.
I remember becoming friends with Cathy and Adam when I was 18 years old. Cathy and Adam are both to this day some of the most beautiful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. We used to have dinners at their home and play endless rounds of table tennis, listen to James Taylor and Cat Stevens. Adam was one of the funniest,most generous, intelligent, and down to earth friends anyone could have ever known! Adam : I am so very happy that even if as friends we all moved on in our own directions, it was a joy to have Cathy,you, Terry as a very special part of my life! Adam: Many cheers to the friendship and happiness you brought to this world!
Ingrid Blum Aug 24 2019 2:10 AM
I could not make it today however I wanted to pass my condolences in regards to Adam's passing. I always enjoyed his laid back attitude, humor and wit. He will be missed.
Todd Metcalf Aug 7 2019 5:43 PM
I will never forget Adam because every time I see my son Cody I see the young business man that he created. I also remember him trying to teach me how to fly fish in my back yard while we were drinking adult beverages. Priceless!
Jack Brewer Aug 7 2019 4:25 PM
It is hard to find the words in this sad time, my heart goes out to Adam's Family. I had the Privilege to work for Adam in Cleveland. My favorite memories were when we would work in the retail stores and he would be searching for that "special treat" to give to his boys that evening after the work day. or I would see him scoping out the new flavors of sunflower seeds for his boys baseball games. I wish you Peace in the coming days Cathy and Boys. Adam will always live on in the hearts of Many.
Michelle Gruber, Cleveland OH Aug 7 2019 3:28 PM
I was so saddened to hear of the loss of Adam this weekend. I had the pleasure of working with Adam in Cleveland, Ohio. He was my Regional manager for a year before I transferred to Florida. He was such a friendly guy and fun to work with. Ill never forget the Friday morning he called me to tell me his transfer request for me to go to FL near my daughter had been approved. He was so happy for me. He will be missed by many. Tracy Kujala Sarasota FL division
Tracy Kujala Aug 7 2019 2:17 PM
I had the pleasure of working with Adam many year's ago at the Waters Edge in Westbrook. Along with being a hard worker he would light up any room with his awesome sense of humor . A good ol friend from the past , may he rest in peace and prayers go out to his family and friends. Love and Blessings :pray:
Steve Nigro Aug 7 2019 11:46 AM
I met Adam at Waters Edge. We all quickly became family. Adam was always making us laugh and we all had fun. You are always in my heart Adam. All my live to your beautiful family. Love Kris-Anne
Kris-Anne Vogel Aug 7 2019 10:41 AM
Cathy, When we worked at Whelen and you told us you met this "great guy" at a bar. I remember thinking... "you don't usually meet great guys at a bar". Boy, was I wrong! You were floating on Cloud 9 and from everything I've seen you continued to float on that cloud through your married life. We lost touch for a while, but through the wonders of Facebook we've reconnected and I was able to follow the beautiful life you and Adam created together. The love you have for each other is evident in every photo. No words can soothe your pain or the pain your children must be feeling. Just know, Adam will always be with you. Sending you hugs and love from New Hampshire. xoxo Tina Fecteau
Tina Fecteau Aug 6 2019 3:08 PM
Cathy, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Although we will not be able to physically join you on Wednesday know that our hearts are with you all. Please know that there are hundreds of people, whose lives Adam touched, that also wish they could be there to celebrate the life of a man who truly loved you all so much. I am sure that a majority of his coworkers, the employees he guided, the customers he called on and even his competitors wish that they could attend and pay their final respects to a man who not only deserved their respect because of his abilities but also earned their respect through his actions and character. Adam had the ability to make others feel special. Whether that was through his humor, sarcasm, knowledge or just plain brilliance it really didnt matter. To know him was to love him and we most definitely do. God bless you all, Tom & Marcia Kelly
Thomas Kelly Aug 6 2019 2:50 PM
I am so very sorry for Cathy and family on the loss of Adam. I was fortunate to work with Adam for several years . Adam was bright, capable, dependable and so very witty. I was fortunate to have him in my life and will miss him greatly.
Kathy Sparrow Aug 6 2019 10:59 AM