ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Adam Wainwright Holbrook, 56 years old, born on October 13, 1964, and passed away on June 22, 2021. We will remember and celebrate him forever.
As Adam always said...
Be You.
Be Real.
Be Kind.


Posted by Marion Ruthardt on July 31, 2021
...now it happened, the first thing I don´t like about Adam, that he was running away and left all of us alone...
Posted by Nancy Garza on July 24, 2021
Hello. Still saddened by the news of our dear Adam. I will always remember the day I met him when he came to pick me up at the airport. Very friendly and smiling. He was happy to meet artists from other parts of the world. And I can't forget that while we were painting the big elephant for the festival Adam would sometimes come to eat with us, or share his food with us, but it was impossible eat with him because he made us laugh a lot. These are moments that will remain forever in my heart.
Posted by Christina DiBernardo on July 23, 2021
“Spend my days with a woman unkind
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine
Made up my mind, make a new start
Goin' to California with an achin' in my heart
Someone told me there's a girl out there
With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair
Took my chances on a big jet-plane
Never let 'em tell ya that they're aw-ooh-all the same
Hoh, the sea was red and the sky was grey
I wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today-hee
Mountains and the canyons start to tremble and shake
The children of the sun begin to awake
Now
Watch out
It seems that the wrath of the gods got a punch on the nose
And it's startin' to flow, I think I might be sinkin'
Throw me a line, if I reach it in time
Meet you up there where the path runs straight and high
Find a queen without a king
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings, la-la-la-la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born
Standin' on a hill in the mountain of dreams
Tellin' myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems”

You played and played this, as if the perfection you already established in every note wasn’t enough.  Only god knows how much I wished you could have sorted out how tomorrow could follow today.
Posted by Suzanne Pardo on July 14, 2021
It's such a loss of a wonderful human being. I met Adam when he became a volunteer at the Chalk festival. I immediately loved his wit and charm.  He quickly became an intrical part of our chalk family. He was such a hard worker and yet he would stop in a heartbeat to help someone else in need. Adam was always upbeat and positive With a smile you just couldn't resist. We need more people in the world like Adam was. I'm still in shock that he is no longer with us, But I will always feel lucky that I had the opportunity to know this man as a friend.❤
Posted by Tonya Youngberg on July 12, 2021
It’s hard to know where to begin I did not think I would be writing this. I looked forward to seeing him every festival, we met several years ago in Florida at the Chalk Art festival, I remember the first time I saw him he was in his car and everyone of the girls thought he was so cool. He got out and I immediately started to give him crap, our friendship was made at that point and we continued to stay in touch over the years. Adam would message me or send me Little inspirational quotes over Facebook just to let me know that he cared about me and that he was thinking about me. Adam cared about every single person he met in one capacity or another he did not judge anyone and just wanted everyone to be happy and to live their best life. Adam taught me to live out loud and to not care what anyone else thought because I was me and I will always remember him for that and for his crazy smile that always lit up a room or made me wonder what he was up to next. We had a few inside jokes that I will never forget and the chalk festival will not be the same without him. Adam became family and I loved him and will miss him he was such a huge part of the Chalk community and will always be in my thoughts. I hope you’re partying with all of those rock stars my friend until we meet again I love you
Posted by Crystal Gregoire on July 12, 2021
Adam ,
I will miss you snarky remarks on FB and the way you always made me smile !
God speed brother

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Posted by Marion Ruthardt on July 31, 2021
...now it happened, the first thing I don´t like about Adam, that he was running away and left all of us alone...
Posted by Nancy Garza on July 24, 2021
Hello. Still saddened by the news of our dear Adam. I will always remember the day I met him when he came to pick me up at the airport. Very friendly and smiling. He was happy to meet artists from other parts of the world. And I can't forget that while we were painting the big elephant for the festival Adam would sometimes come to eat with us, or share his food with us, but it was impossible eat with him because he made us laugh a lot. These are moments that will remain forever in my heart.
Posted by Christina DiBernardo on July 23, 2021
“Spend my days with a woman unkind
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine
Made up my mind, make a new start
Goin' to California with an achin' in my heart
Someone told me there's a girl out there
With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair
Took my chances on a big jet-plane
Never let 'em tell ya that they're aw-ooh-all the same
Hoh, the sea was red and the sky was grey
I wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today-hee
Mountains and the canyons start to tremble and shake
The children of the sun begin to awake
Now
Watch out
It seems that the wrath of the gods got a punch on the nose
And it's startin' to flow, I think I might be sinkin'
Throw me a line, if I reach it in time
Meet you up there where the path runs straight and high
Find a queen without a king
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings, la-la-la-la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born
Standin' on a hill in the mountain of dreams
Tellin' myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems”

You played and played this, as if the perfection you already established in every note wasn’t enough.  Only god knows how much I wished you could have sorted out how tomorrow could follow today.
his Life

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If you have a Life Chapter for Adam and would like us to share it, please email us at denisekowal@me.com

Tara the Love of his Life

Adam's love for Tara was displayed all over his Facebook page, traveling to Hawaii to see what their new found romance would bring. They lived in Hawaii for months and months and finally decided to travel back to the main land and make Maine their home once again to be near family. 

Chalk Festival

Adam was the Logistic Chairman of the International Chalk Festival in Florida. As his certificate at the close of 2019 stated: Presented To ADAM HOLBROOK for being an integral part of the 2019 Chalk Festival 'Garden of Wonders' success by taking a positive leadership role as Director of Logistics. Through elephant stampedes, shark infested waters, millions of gallons of paint, oversized boxes, boards weighing tons, mails, trash and tree limbs during the heat, rain, wind, lightning, freezing cold, as well as artist and volunteer personalities, you persevered and gave 100%. Ware are ever so grateful to have you as part of our chalk international family. "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart."

Adam came upon volunteering for the Chalk Festival in 2017 when Laura Hestler (Volunteer Chairwoman) met him at the Venice Farmer's Market. His words, "Walking through a Farmer's Market in Venice FL and I saw this awesome picture of Chalk Art. I said to the person in the booth, "That's amazing" they said would you like to volunteer? I sat down, they signed me up as a volunteer doing things like parking, checking in guests, etc. I went to one volunteer meeting and was moved in a vague position. About a week goes by and I'm having breakfast at a sidewalk cafe in Venice and I get a call. The lovely lady on the other end of the phone said, "Hi, this is the Chalk Festival office, we're wondering if you could ummmm pick up an elephant today. And of course I said, "yes." Thank you Denise Kowal for the greatest projects I've ever been involved in. You and all the artists and volunteers are the most awesome people."

In January 2020 the 3D Illusion Museum came together with the help of Adam. Artists from all over the world came and went with the 10,000 square foot museum opening in March 2020 as the pandemic took hold of our nation. He returned home to Maine when we had to shutter the doors for a month or so only to return to help dismantle the project in July. After the Museum project he posted in August: 
"Hello Day, Good Morning World, Hope you’re all doing fine. It’s been quite a ride this summer. Projects, challenges, and lots of learning and practicing went on this summer. Truly one of my best summers. Hell its been a great year so far. Ya Covid hit and changed things a bit but most of the fall out was inevitable. I was very fortunate to have been introduced to my favorite human Denise Kowal and the Venice Chalk Festival in 2017 and through that I was asked to be part of the 3D illusion art museum project that kept me busy from January until June. Between building, painting, assisting artists from all over, to communal living with the finest humans one could ask to be in quarantine with, Santiago Hernandez, Kanako Matsumoto, Bridget Lyons, Bill Baranowski. Greatest people to be with in such a surreal time. Gregor Wosik, Eduardo Relero and Remko van Schaik who were able to fly out before international flights started cancelling . It was an amazing time. Since then I’ve been challenged with all sorts of new and old tasks that bring me back to my earliest days of tinkering. In the early years of fixing, altering bicycles, to motor cycles and eventually cars. I’ve swapped out Diesel engines in trucks, taken on another vehicle restore, looking for perhaps sand old motor cycle or maybe a bus or both. We’ll see. I find that the universe pays great attention to me and as long as I’m aware the universe will fill me. Sometime in the last few years after my accident and recovery. I began a lot of seeking out of further knowledge. To find true meaning of things. I will use love as an example. What is love”., I love this”, “oh I love that”, people use the word love in so many ways. But what is love between people? What is love in a relationship? Is there different types, should there be levels of love? Is love real? From that idea I began to start looking inside myself and asking myself what makes me happy. What tiggers me in both a positive and negative ways . From that I began eliminating and/or distancing myself from people, places and things that were deemed negative by me. I sort of did a cleansing of my spirit. I continue to do so and will continue until I either reach perfect zen or expire. I find myself smiling more, regretting less. Requiring less to be happy. I find myself healthier in my body, my mind and my being. I’m evolving, I’m growing and I’m loving myself and life. One of the things that I have not conquered or even settled with is fall. As I awoke this morning I felt the cool crisp air pouring through the window. Instantly I began to feel the spring in side me. The spring is my term for the feeling I’ve gotten every fall for as long as I can remember. Its this hard to control urge, need to go. To get out of Maine, New England, any where cold. I’ve been feeling if coming on. I see it in the way the sun is hanging lower in the sky, the lessening of daylight. Now I fully feel the breath of fall on my flesh and in my bones. It’s inevitable return has come. It’s one of the last demons to conquer or at least understand and command. As I can’t stop it’s return nor winters too. Well I’ve rambled on enough I hope all of you have a wonderful day. May your sword be always sharp and your demons always be easily slayed. Be real, Be you, Be kind, Be aware And https://youtu.be/zg2njQzgMWg"
Adam was scheduled to return to Florida for the 2021 'Spirited' Chalk Festival. He will be there in spirit for certain :) 
Adam's love of the Chalk Festival, the art, volunteers, artists and visitors was widely known. Adam kept in contact with fellow volunteers that worked on his team, artists that he had helped in numerous ways from picking them up at the airport to providing walls and any number of requests, and always gave friendly support and care to anyone who needed it, whether they knew it or not. :) 
Recent stories
Shared by Tara Walsh on July 14, 2021
Let's go dance under the moon. 
Shared by Tara Walsh on July 14, 2021
You are my hero, and my best friend.  I will love you forever.  

Love Quest

Shared by Tara Walsh on July 14, 2021
I remember that summer day with intense thunder moving in and the torrential downpour just before you arrived to Anne Marie’s Birthday party that July day.  I never met you before, but I knew of you from Facebook and had heard your name a few times throughout the years.  Perhaps it was the popular scandal of the naked chef at Alison’s Restaurant.  But you were seven years older than me, so we did not cross paths often. The world had a different plan for us.
You came walking into the back yard with a big grin on your face and came right up to me and almost tapped me on the backside, until you realized I was not the birthday girl!  You were vivacious, loud and funny.  I was immediately attracted to you, so I pulled up a chair and we started talking.  The topic of discussion was LOVE and you told me you were on a quest to find love.  This love quest was not just to seek love in another, but to truly find love in your life from every angle, you gave of yourself; you gave to your loved ones, dear friends, and strangers.   The topic of discussion then turned to meditation, and you told me how you studied meditation with a dear friend’s father in Cape Coral, Florida.  Between us, we knew there was instant chemistry and then you got up and left the party.  What?  Just like that, to head over to your best friend’s home to continue setting up for his late wife’s memorial benefit.  You arrived on the wind and thunder and left in a mere 20 minutes. That was all it took to find my love.  Later we talked about the day we met, and you always referred to it as the day you met the other half of your brain.  



Well, I was ready and willing to fall in love it had been 6 grueling years of nursing school and there you were.  I couldn’t get you out of my head. B and I were waiting for our flight to board at Logan and we shared a text, which turned into a phone call, which turned into facetime and our love and admiration for one another began to grow.  I fell so hard that I was literally high on love for weeks my heart was blown wide open!  I felt so alive, my life force was literally vibrating.   That was the beginning of our beautiful LOVE…