Henry Amicarella, age 95, died February 18, 2011 at Longmont United Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife, Harriet Ann Amicarella and children; Mary Ann (Marianna), John and Kathryn Saint-Veltri; grandchildren Alana and Joseph Angelo, devoted nieces and nephews and by their great family friend, Tom Clark.
He was a veteran of the Second World War and earned two Masters Degrees including one from North Western University in Hospital Administration. Henry was the first CEO of Longmont United Hospital until his retirement in 1977. Not content to remain retired, he became a volunteer executive with the International Executive Service Corps, a non-profit organization to help developing countries improve health care. With Harriet by his side, he worked in Panama, Columbia, Egypt and the Philippines. In Egypt, he was honored by the American Consulate General in Alexandria. Henry was recognized as a multi-lingual ambassador for his country throughout the world and was a FEMA reservist, traveling with his wife Harriet to many domestic disaster relief centers as well.
Henry was an original board member and first President of the Tiny Tim Center and Meals on Wheels. In 1977, Henry received the Longmont Chamber of Commerce Award as “Boss of the Year” and on his retirement, the Mayor of Longmont proclaimed “Henry Amicarella Day”.
The University of Northern Colorado named him an Honored Alumni for his contributions to community and international service. He was proud to be named to the UNC Hall Of Fame for athletic achievements in football and was an All Rocky Mountain Conference baseball shortstop. As honored Alumni during the Erie High School Homecoming, he was named Citizen Of The Week. Henry loved fishing throughout Colorado and the Pacific North West and as a fly fisherman on local streams – he was an artist. He enjoyed golf, gardening and most of all, sharing his love of the outdoors with others.
As one of thirteen children born May 23, 1915 to Italian immigrant parents, John and Mary (Dimagio) Amicarella and raised in the Sunlight Coal Mine Camp outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Henry was proud of his heritage. He was a man of humor, wisdom and possessed a wonderful positive attitude. He never knew a person he called a stranger for long and was always outgoing, open and friendly with everyone he met; everyone knew Henry during his later-in-life walks around the Golden Ponds that he loved. A citizen of the world, a visionary in his field, he will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, inspirational teacher, friend and humanitarian. The world is a better place because Henry lived and cherished every moment. We will miss him.
A memorial service celebrating Henry’s life will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at Central Presbyterian Church, 402 Kimbark Street, Longmont. Cremation has been held at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorials and donations can be made to the Longmont United Hospital Foundation, Meals On Wheels or the Tiny Tim Center.