Memorial service for the ‘lion’ of Cobble Hill is on Saturday

The ‘lion’ of Cobble Hill, is dead

Cobble Hill legend Murray Adams will be remembered on Saturday at a memorial service Downtown.

Adams, 79, a civic stalwart who co-founded the Cobble Hill Association and spent nearly half a century battling for neighborhood causes, died last Tuesday from complications from a stroke.

Charles Murray Adams was born in Ithaca, but moved to Brooklyn in 1961, spending most of his life practicing real estate and corporate law for the New York firm Reavis & McGrath.

He also served as a board member and general counsel to Long Island College Hospital, where interim president Dominick Stanzione, described him as a “dedicated friend and supporter.”

Adams was also stridently opposed to housing inside Brooklyn Bridge Park, serving as an adviser on a failed lawsuit aimed to prevent residential development, which he believed would set a disastrous precedent.

“He played an integral part in shaping the neighborhood from one threatened by urban renewal and Atlantic Avenue becoming a state highway to one of Brooklyn’s premier family neighborhoods,” said Cobble Hill Association member Roy Sloane. “He did this through his intelligence, his charm and his tireless dedication to improving our institutions and our local political representation.”

Adams was the father of Kenneth Adams, himself a Brooklyn legend who is now the head of the Empire State Development Corporation.

Contributions in Adams’s memory can be made to Long Island College Hospital or the Imani House Adult Literacy Program.

The service will be held at the Friends Meetinghouse [110 Schermerhorn St. at Boerum Place in Downtown, (718) 852-1029] on April 9 at 3 pm.