By Fred Eisenhammer
A year and a half ago, Candy Adams was asked about her rare bowling feat in which she recorded spares in all 10 frames. “I was really sweating it on the 10th frame,” she said with a smile. She was asked how many pins she knocked down on her final spare, but she said she couldn’t remember. “I know I didn’t leave the 10 pin, because I would have missed that,” Candy joked.
That was Candy Adams – gracious, classy and funny. Her family and friends – which include many in the L.A.-area bowling community – are mourning her passing from cancer. Candy, a Canoga Park resident, died Jan. 7 at 69.
“I was very lucky to have her,” said Bob Adams, who was married to her for 42 years. The two met while both worked at General Telephone.
Bowling represented a large part of her life. Candy, a Canoga Park resident, bowled for more than 40 years and was involved most recently in two leagues, including a women’s travel league, each week.
Candy, a right-hander with a dependable hook, held a 160 average two years ago. She has cited her 255 game and 617 series as being among her most memorable bowling achievements.
Kelly Gold bowled with Candy in the travel league and called her “a very sweet lady” who often hand-made gifts that she gave to her fellow bowlers. Candy combined with her husband to provide a virtual how-to manual on how to be successful bowlers. Like Candy, Bob was a prolific spare maker. He even earned the nickname “The Sparemeister” because he rolled three all-spare games. “They were a very cute couple,” Gold said. Candy was a huge supporter of her husband’s bowling game, repeatedly telling this reporter how “amazing” her husband was. “He flies model airplanes and is still driving and [roller] skating,” said Candy a couple of years ago. “I have enough trouble with two eyes and he has just one.” Bob lost his left eye in 2011 to glaucoma.
Candy regularly watched Bob when he was competing in his Monday night league at Winnetka Bowl. On Bob’s team was Johnnie Englehart, one of the area’s elite bowlers. “Candy always had a positive outlook,” Englehart said. “She was always optimistic and she loved to bowl.“
“There were times I’d get on a roll and I felt like she was in it as much as I was. It was always infectious. It was a good feeling for both sides. She will really be missed big time.”
Candy was described by friends as quiet but possessing a sharp wit. “If she could put up with Bob, she had to have a sense of humor and you can quote me on that,” laughed Stacey Tarantino, who bowled with Candy on the same team in a Tuesday morning league.
“She was a fantastic bowler,” said Tarantino, adding that one of Candy’s teams recently won a league title. “She threw the quietest, smoothest ball. I never heard the ball once it hit the floor. She was a great spare bowler and very consistent. “She was just amazing. Always with a great attitude and easy to be around. Very sweet.”
Two memorials are planned for Candy – one at Winnetka Bowl on Jan. 26 and another at Skateland Northridge on Feb. 24.