Carmen Guy Miceli, 88, of Englewood, Fla., died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice in Venice, Fla.
He was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Johnstown, Pa., to Christina de Maria Miceli and Guy Miceli. He lived in Kane, Pa., growing up and graduated from Kane High School in 1943.
Carm enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 during World War II and trained as a bombardier. He taught the use of the new technology (at that time) of the Nordin bombsight.
Carmen Guy Miceli
He graduated from Syracuse University Environmental and Forestry College with a Bachelor's of Science in forest management, and worked as a consultant forester in Pennsylvania and New York state. Later he began graduate courses at Penn State University and Clarion University in Pennsylvania, and received his teaching certification in 1957.
He taught biology and sciences at Bemus Point Central School in Western New York, and retired as the science department chairman in 1981. His enthusiasm, love and concern for teaching his biology classes has been exhibited by the number of former students who said he was the sole reason why so many decided to further their education in one of the biological science fields after graduation. One former student described Carm as "afire with youthful enthusiasm that has made a profound effect on each of us."
In addition to teaching biology, he was a junior varsity basketball coach and an assistant football coach. His favorite coaching job was as the head basketball coach for the Maple Grove Lady Red Dragons in the late 1970s and early 1980s, teams that he led to high school conference championships.
While teaching, he earned several National Science Foundation scholarships and attended courses at the University of Minnesota both in Duluth and St. Paul, the University of Indiana at Bloomington, the University at Buffalo in New York and Boudoin University in Maine.
Carm was a dedicated fisherman, enjoyed many rounds of golf and was an avid reader. He was a member of the American Legion and the Loyal Order of Moose.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Carol (Lucie) Miceli; two children: Renee Miceli (John Kean) of Falls Church, Va., and Curt Miceli (Betsy Eggleston) of Bemus Point, N.Y.; a grandson: Evan Kean of Falls Church, Va.; one sister: Connie Infield of State College, Pa.; four nephews: Dan and Jack Infield of State College, Pa., Jay Infield of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jeff Miceli of Philadelphia, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his oldest son, John Miceli; and a brother, Charles Miceli.
A celebration of life will be held in Bemus Point, N.Y., where he lived and taught, at a later date.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in his honor can do so to the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224 or the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701 or to the Disabled American Veterans.
Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory has been selected to handle arrangements. You may share a memory with the Miceli family at www.englewoodfh.com.