David Bruce Adao, who helped open the first openly gay hotel in Miami Beach when he was in his 20s, died on Aug. 20 from complications related to AIDS. He was 58.
Mr. Adao possessed a number of diverse interests. He loved to fly, obtaining a pilot’s license in 1990. He was also a committed gay rights and AIDS activist, involved in several organizations and activities. On Long Island, he started what his family described as “the first gay bowling league” in East Hampton more than 20 years ago. The group, a small contingent of which continued bowling until the recent closure of East Hampton Bowl, would meet afterward for dinner. And in Provincetown, Mass., he belonged to the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. He was also a Masonic brother at King Hiram’s Masonic Lodge in Provincetown.
A native of Eastham, Mass., and longtime resident of North Sea, Mr. Adao was born on Feb. 28, 1955, in Bourne, Mass. He grew up not far from there, in the Massachusetts town of Brewster. From an early age, Mr. Adao was a hard worker who showed an entrepreneurial zeal, starting a successful landscaping business at the age of 14.
He moved to Miami Beach in his early 20s, where he opened the hotel with a group of business partners. In later years, he changed careers and became an estate manager, working for several local families.
Mr. Adao is survived by his mother, Harriet Grover of Tampa, Fla., and by his siblings, Howard Adao of North Dakota, Paul Adao of New York City, Michael Adao of Syracuse, and Carolyn Ebersold of Hyannis, Mass. Mr. Adao also leaves behind his dear friend Isaac Jimenez of New York.
A memorial service was held in Provincetown on Sept. 14 at King Hiram’s Masonic Lodge. The family has asked that donations be made to the AIDS Memorial Gift Fund, care of Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.