Adam Timothy Bookman, 33, of New Straitsville, passed away on Thursday, February 4 at his home after a long struggle with addiction. Born August 27, 1987 in Logan, Ohio, he was the son of Tim Bookman and Eliza (Greg) Harper, sister of Kate Bookman, and proud uncle to Megan Reynolds.
Adam was a 2005 graduate of Logan High School, where he enjoyed representing the Tuba Line for the Marching Chieftains and participating on the Golf Team. In 2010, he received his bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from Ohio University in Athens, and has worn those colors proudly ever since.
Adam enjoyed turkey hunting, fishing, and a love of the outdoors with his Dad and Grandpa Bookman. He dabbled in gardening and found peace in long walks in the woods; he had said recently that nature was where he found his spirituality.
With his mom, he shared a love of math, health, education, and WWII history. They enjoyed long intellectual discussions and he was always looking forward to her homemade noodles and the opportunity to share big hugs.
Recently completing a drug treatment program, he was making goals for himself and plans for a future. With his Minor in Environmental Health, he was looking forward to testing for his wastewater certification. He had seriously considered teaching when he was younger, stating “what a great job it would be to teach math all day!”, and recently began looking into becoming a substitute teacher. Unfortunately, the demons of the opiate world followed him relentlessly and ultimately stifled his goals and dreams.
Adam was smart, funny, happy, and kind. He had a soft voice and a softer heart. Adam looked forward to family gatherings, as he loved his family openly; he was never afraid to say “I love you.” He had a happy giggle, gravitated toward the History Channel, and was very much looking forward to teaching math to his “beautiful niece” when she reached the upper grades.
In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins, many of whom he was very close to. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Harry and Miram Bookman, and Walter and Bonnie Neal. Adam was especially close to his grandmothers, who loved him dearly.
Private Family Memorial Services will be arranged by JE Humphrey Funeral Home in Shawnee. Interment will be in New Straitsville Public Cemetery. In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Perry Behavioral Health Choices in New Lexington. The family is very grateful to Theressa Snyder-Kane and PBHC’s unwavering support throughout this battle.
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