Adam Michael Clark
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Adam Michael Clark
  • November 15, 1980 - September 17, 2017
  • Wintergreen, Virginia

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Adam Michael Clark, 36, of Wintergreen Resort, Virginia died unexpectedly at home on September 17, 2017.

Adam was born in Columbia, Maryland to Michelle and James Clark on November 15, 1980 and lived most of his life in Columbia. He was active in sports, earning varsity letters in football, wrestling, and lacrosse at Hammond High School, graduating in 1998. Adam accepted an appointment from Senator (then Congressman) Benjamin Cardin of Maryland to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he was a member of the lacrosse team. He eventually left the academy and continued his education at the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, he was on the staff of the Diamondback newspaper which led to a business internship at the Washington Post. He ended up staying at the Post for seven years.

Adam moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 2013 and continued his newspaper work at Cville Weekly. He also worked as a server and bartender in downtown Charlottesville. In June of 2016 while preparing to resume his education he suffered a devastating spinal cord injury. True to nature, he demonstrated unparalleled grit and determination throughout recovery.

A real people-person, Adam leaves behind numerous friends and a heart-broken family. Survivors include his dear sister Lauren of Taos, New Mexico, so close in age they pretended to be twins; his parents Michelle and James of Wintergreen Resort, Virginia; grandfather Samuel Cohen of Boca Raton, Florida; aunts and uncles Steve and Patti, Jeff and Jocelyn, Deb and Mike, Ellen and Eric; a bunch of wonderful cousins; and his beloved dog, Ghost.

A memorial service celebrating Adam's life will be held on Sunday, October 8th at 4:00 PM at Temple House of Israel, 15 North Market Street, Staunton, Virginia, 24402. A reception in the social hall will follow.


In lieu of flowers or gifts, Adam's family recommends donations in his memory to:

United Spinal Association of Virginia, 800 East Leigh Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219,

Temple House of Israel, Post Office Box 1412, Staunton, Virginia 24402, or

Wintergreen Performing Arts, Post Office Box 816, Nellysford, Virginia 22958


Arrangements have been entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.