Chuck Adams, a well-known writer and sports reporter for the from Mattituck, died on Tuesday at the He was 55.
Adams was a busy sports reporter for more than a quarter century and host of the local cable television show, 'The Hot Stove League.'
"It is a really sad day with the passing of Chuck," said Todd Gulluscio, the athletic director at "He promoted kids and sports very well. When he wrote an article it was almost like he was on the sideline next to you.
"Personally, I am going to miss him. I can't tell you how many people I met who said 'Have you heard?' He is pretty well known out here. An absolute class act."
Adams covered many different sports and wrote about athletes of all ages.
David Spinella, the girls' varsity basketball coach, knew Adams for more than five years.
"What a nice man, always a pleasure to talk to, always so positive," said Spinella. "So friendly. Even when we struggled, he found a way to spin it in a positive way."
Adams' brother, Greg, said Thursday that his brother was eager to highlight area people and their sports activities.
"He obviously enjoyed covering local sports and he wanted to make sure the athletes were well-represented in the community," said Greg Adams. "He had over 30 years as a journalist from his time at Hofstra (University) when he covered the New York Jets to now."
Chuck Adams, a 1973 graduate of , was a paraplegic, though family and friends said he never let his disability hold him back. A 1979 Hofstra graduate with a degree in business, he was once the captain of the Hofstra wheelchair basketball team.
"One thing that people don't know about Chuck was his love of boating and the Peconic Bay," said his brother.
"That was a guy who had everything in life to complain about, but he was always positive and never complained," said Gulluscio, who also coaches the Greenport field hockey team, and said he was grateful for Adams' coverage.
Greg Adams said his brother worked in banking and marketing. He was a corporate sales representative for BJ's Wholesale Club.
Adams had one book published, titled "Something More," and had a book signing at the Mattituck Public Library. His brother said he planned to publish a second book.
Chuck Adams is survived by his parents, Tony and Georgia;, his brother and two daughters, Rebecca and Bridgette.
People may pay their respects Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at theat 13805 Route 25 in Mattituck. The funeral service is Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Interment will be at the