Granville Adams, Actor of Oz, Miami Hospitality Professional, Dead at 58
Granville Adams, known to many Miamians as the elegant, always-smiling staff-only partner and unusual doorman in the Florida room, died of cancer.
Adams’ wife, Christina Lomelli, and friends posted a kind regards to Adams on social media.
A native of New York, Adams grew up in Harlem and lived a productive and diverse life. His career has included a role on HBO’s Geese, plays the role of Zaher Aref throughout the series. Adams also played Officer Jeff Westby on NBC Mass murder: life on the street.
But to Miamians, the “grandmother” of the gentleman at the living room door was at its height when John Lermayer was behind the wand. Adams was a staff-only partner in Miami Beach, an outpost of West Village Bar. The Miami branch opened in 2017, and Adams was a fixture at the bar, greeting people with his signature smile and kind words.
Close family friend Amanda Marie Cereto Adams described her as a ray of sunshine. “He was one of the most beautiful humans you could ever meet. He was a gentleman. He loved his garden, he loved golf, and he loved Christina, his wife.”
Cereto was there the night Adams met his wife on New Years Eve 2012. “Granville was working on the door in the conference room that evening. We spent the night with him. John Lermayer was there. It was a good night.”
Adams and Lomelli married in September 2020. By that time, the actor and hospitality expert had been diagnosed with cancer. Always upbeat, Adams recorded his fight on social media – always with a positive outlook. Cereto says, “We all thought he’d get ahead. He fought to the end and had to spend last Sunday with his wife. Sunday was always their day.”
Cereto says that although his physical presence is gone, she feels his spirit. “Good energy can’t just disappear.” She says, the evening Adams died, she and Christina saw a double rainbow in the sky. “It was him. He was just a good soul.”
Stephanie Vettori of Cheeseburger Baby says Adams was one of the people who made Miami Beach such a great community.
“From the Florida room to just the staff, I’d go see him where he was and he’d come see me. It was mutual support. That’s how South Beach used to be,” says Vittori, adding that Adams had an aura about him that made you feel supported. “Being in his presence was a gift. He was just an angel for everyone.”
Bar Lab’s Gabe Orta remembers working with Adams in the Florida Room. “The one thing I always admired about Granville was that he was a gentleman. He drew the positives in people and could talk to anyone. He treated everyone with respect. I try to treat people the same and consider that a gift he’s given me.”
Orta adds that in an industry where people work and play hard, Adams was known for his professionalism and kindness. “It was a beacon of light.”
Adams leaves behind his wife Christina, his brother Gerald, his mother and his nieces. A memorial gathering will be planned in the coming weeks and will be posted on Adams .’s Instagram Tweet embed. that Online fundraising efforts started before Geese Showrunner Tom Fontana to help with expenses incurred during Adams’ illness is still running.