Adam Michael Bose, who owned a business in Great Neck for more than 60 years, died peacefully in his own home in Hicksville on April 4 at the age of 86.
He owned Regal Home Products, which he purchased in 1954, with his partner and brother-in-law Anthony Litka (now deceased). He was married for 64 years to Stella, who died in 2017, and together they raised three children: Debra, Douglas and Gail. Doug worked with his father in the business for 40 years.
Regal Home Products first opened its doors on Hicks Lane and then moved to 566 Middle Neck Road. Eventually, the business moved across the street to 571 Middle Neck Road and Adam purchased the two buildings along with three partners. He became the president of Brokaw Realty. In 1999, the buildings were sold, but Adam and Doug kept the business going until last year.
According to Doug, one of the jobs Regal did that his dad was most proud of was to supply a renovating company with over 1,000 pieces of different types, shapes and sizes of glass for the renovation of the iconic Chrysler Building in Manhattan.
Over the years, Regal Home Products serviced residential and commercial properties throughout the community, including the Great Neck public schools, the Village of Great Neck and the Great Neck Alert Fire Company. Whenever Adam ran into anyone from Great Neck he would ask their address and he would rattle off that Regal had done their windows or their doors or possibly their siding. It was one of the ways he would remember people, by what kind of work Regal did for them.
“Adam did the windows in our house,” recalls Allan Feldman, who knew him for 40 years. “Whenever we had a problem, whether it was plumbing or electrical, if nobody was available, Adam would come and take care of it. He was the kind of guy that you could rely on day or night.”
A longtime resident of Great Neck, Feldman fondly remembers them having lunch together every Saturday in Regal’s offices. Adam was also close to many members of the Great Neck Alert Fire Company.
“Adam Bose was part of those old-school-type business owners, making sure that his sidewalk was clean and that it was shoveled when it snowed,” said John Motchkavitz, another Great Neck resident of many years and a member of the Great Neck Alert Fire Company. “He took pride in all aspects of Regal Home Products and his customers became lifelong friends.”
He added, “Adam was also a great friend to the Motchkavitz family. As fellow local businessmen, Adam and my father George became best friends. They truly represented ‘the greatest generation’ in all aspects of their lives. Adam and his friendly personality will surely be missed by many in the Great Neck community.”
In addition to his three children, Adam leaves behind eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Donations in Adam’s memory can be made to: Friends of Connor, 898 Cypress Lakeview Court, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688