John T. Adamo

Dec. 18, 2015 

John T. Adamo Jr., P.E., (BS CIV EGR ’80), Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died Dec. 2 in an accident at a construction project site in southeast Ohio. He was 57. 

Adamo was the chief executive officer of the Detroit-based Adamo Group, a demolition and remediation company that provides real estate rehabilitation, site preparation, and environmental abatement services throughout the United States and Canada.

According to the Detroit News, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio said Adamo and another worker were taken to an area hospital after an accident was reported at the Ohio Power Park on State Route 60, near Beverly, Ohio, on Dec. 2. Workers were dismantling an old conveyer belt crossing a river when the housing for the belt line fell and injured the workers. Adamo died later that day. 

His Detroit-based construction firm was founded in 1964 and is one of the central companies involved in Detroit’s demolition efforts. The demolition program is the centerpiece of a plan to deal with an estimated 40,000 blighted properties in Detroit. The city has knocked down nearly 7,000 houses since last spring. 

The Adamo Group had completed several high-profile demolition projects in Michigan, including the Dodge Main and Uniroyal Tire plants and the former American Axle & Manufacturing complex. It was among a dozen companies honored in 2014 with an environmental excellence award from the National Demolition Association for projects demonstrating significant environmental conservation and community improvement. 

Adamo was born Dec. 31, 1957, to the late John and Gloria Adamo. 

He was raised in St. Clair Shores, Mich., and graduated from South Lake High School in 1976. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Michigan State University in 1980 and an MBA from Wayne State University in 1987. 

After 11 years of working alongside his father, he became CEO of the Adamo Demolition Group. 

He was a licensed Professional Engineer and served as treasurer for the National Demolition Association. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four daughters, Leslie (Andrew MacKellar), Lauren (Michael McBroom), Carolyn, and Julie; brothers James (Diane) and Richard (Sandra); brother-in-law of Peggy (Rob Oliverio) and Judith Joseph; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was conducted Dec. 7 at St. Hugo of the Hills Church in Bloomfield Hills. 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., or The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott Ave., Detroit. 

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