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    Adam Bires, 1981-2019

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    Adam Bires

    Adam Bires left this world on Monday, September 23, 11 days after his 38th birthday. His young body had become a source of chronic pain, while his multiple personality disorder scrambled his thoughts and communication, resulting in loud verbal outbursts that dominated his life and reputation. His cause of death is yet to be determined.

    But that isn’t who he was. Adam was handsome, intelligent, and kind. He was well educated and enjoyed reading the classics. Some of his favorite authors included J.D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, Edgar Allan Poe, Kurt Vonnegut, and of course, William Shakespeare. He was an accomplished thespian, with a strong singing voice. Residents of Moab may have seen him perform at a couple of plays, supporting charitable “Quick Draw” events, or heard his singing voice when he was a karaoke DJ at Club Rio.

    Adam Bires

    He leaves behind his grandparents, Anna Bires and Guy Blackburn; his parents, David (Deborah) Bires and Michele Blackburn; his Godparents, Uncle Dan (Clarissa) Bires and Aunt Lisa Blackburn; his siblings, Macey Bires and Neil (Barbara) Metcalf; and his nephews, Emmet and Marcus Metcalf. He had additional aunts and uncles, and many cousins, both in Moab and Houston, Texas.

    Adam George Bires was the namesake of his beloved grandfather, George Bires, who predeceased him in 2002. Adam’s remains will be interred at his birthplace, of Houston, next to his maternal grandmother, Juanita Robertson Blackburn, who was born in Moab and died in Houston in 1972.

    Any and all friends and community members are invited to join a local rendition of a traditional New Orleans Second Line parade, featuring members of the Fiery Furnace Marching Band. Second line is a style of traditional dance in which participants walk or strut, sometimes twirling a parasol or handkerchief in the air, as they follow the first line of musicians and immediate family.

    This “Adam-style” celebration will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, starting at 71 South 400 East, and proceeding up Center Street, to Club Rio, and followed by music from Meander Cat.

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