Nahant, MA — Richard E. Adamo, 67, of Nahant, died on Sunday, December 29, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House of Danvers, with his devoted wife, Jeanne, at his side. Born and raised in Lynn, he graduated from Classical High School in 1964. He attended Boston University on a full academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in English literature, and earned his master's degree in library science, with honors, from Simmons College. Richard worked as the head librarian at the Essex County Law Library in Salem, Mass., for over 30 years, where he earned the utmost respect from the bench, bar and public. He won several awards over the years, including the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly “Unsung Hero” Award and the Essex County Bar Association President’s Award. This past October, the Lynn Bar Association honored him by creating the Richard E. Adamo Service Award. It is an honor that will be awarded each year to an individual who exemplifies the high level of service demonstrated by Richard throughout his life. Richard was named as the first recipient and a plaque with his name and all future recipients’ names will hang in the Lynn District Court. This past November, in recognition of his over 30 years of unparalleled service as head law librarian, the Essex County Bar Association honored Richard by commissioning a portrait that will hang in the Essex County Law Library in Salem. The portrait was unveiled at a ceremony on November 20, where over 100 colleagues, friends and family gathered to honor his legacy of work and service.
Richard helped anyone, anywhere. He never ceased to look for people in need and did whatever it took to meet that need. He served as the chairman of the Nahant Historical Commission for many years, was an active member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, and for over 15 years, was a leader in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of St. Vincent De Paul, a church group dedicated to helping those in need in whatever capacity necessary. Richard served as president of the group for many years, and under his leadership, the group’s charitable works spread as far as Haiti, where it sponsored the building of a drinking well, and as close as the greater Nahant community, where it has helped countless individuals facing hard times. Richard’s legacy of charitable work will be carried forward through the Jeanne C. and Richard E. Adamo Foundation, a charitable organization founded by his daughters and their families.