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Adam C. Meade - 54

Chicago, Illinois

Adam C. Meade

With a paintbrush in one hand and a devious grin on his face, Adam Meade, age 54, of Chicago, IL, bid adieu to this wild canvas of life on January 31, 2024. He slipped out the backdoor, probably to paint expressions of Cher, Celine, and Dolly in the great beyond.

Born on October 13, 1969, Adam was the creative chaos in the orderly world of his family, friends, and colleagues.  He graduated from Marian Catholic High School in 1987, a rebel with a palette, and continued his artistic adventures with a degree in Graphic Design from University of Illinois Chicago.

Adam’s life was a gallery of eccentricity and color. He danced to the beat of his own brushstrokes, splattering the world with dramatic wonder. His canvases were windows to his soul, filled with the kaleidoscope of his imagination and the mischief in his eyes. 

In addition to his artistic passions, Adam dedicated countless hours to serving the community through his work with the national AIDS Ride, Little City Foundation, and Atlanta Toolbank organizations. He believed in the power of giving, volunteering, and service to inspire and unite, and he tirelessly championed PRIDE causes close to his heart.

He leaves behind a world of people who will miss his bigger-than-life personality, quirky idiosyncrasies, and unique sense of humor.  He was the son of Miriam nee Rigoni and the late John “Jack” Meade.  Brother of the Christopher (Elizabeth) Meade, Cara (Daniel) Pastere, Matthew (Kristen) Meade and the late Shawn Meade.  Beloved and admired Nephew, Uncle, Cousin, and close Friend to many.

Adam’s artistic legacy will be celebrated at Panozzo Bros Funeral Home, 530 W 14th Street (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights with Vistation Friday, February 16, 2024, from 4:00 – 8:00pm and Saturday February 17, 2024 from 9:00 am until Funeral Service 10:30am. Info at 708-481-9230 and

In lieu of flowers and somber faces, Adam wished for laughter and donations to support his great friends and volunteers of Atlanta Toolbank (

Adam may have left the building, but his spirit of eccentricity and creativity will continue to inspire and amuse us from his celestial studio. Remember him with laughter, love, and the gentle presence that touched all our lives.


  • Matt Meade

    on 02/01/24

    Already miss you bro.  Love you and will see you again someday.

  • Patty A Russart

    on 02/01/24

    My dearest Adam I shall miss you so.  What a joy you brought to my life, and to my family's life.  There are so many memories that will be cherished by me.  And as you know, Coco Chanel said, 'In order to be Irreplaceable, one must always be Different!'  And you my friend will be irreplaceable.  Love Always....

  • Samantha Bell

    on 02/01/24

    My dear friend Adam, I miss you.  Thank you for always encouraging and challenging me to live life with joy and expectation.  Your compassion for others and creativity has touched my heart in so many ways.  Love you and rest in peace.

  • Casey Carraher

    on 02/01/24

    Adam - Little City has never been quite as brightly colored since you traveled away to the distant lands of the east and now the world itself will also be just a little bit more muted. Until we meet again, farewell. 

  • brent neal

    on 02/01/24

    Adam I will miss u bro God has healed you to the meade family so sorry for your loss I'll be praying for u
  • Sophia Scharf (Vercellino)

    on 02/06/24

    Adam, in the short time I knew you and talked with you, I could tell you were celestial. You were so welcoming and kind with words. You were a poet with your words and warm like campfire. I wish you peace and all the colors to paint the stars with. 

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