Carmen Guy “Carm” 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.
Carm lived in Kane, Pa., growing up, and graduated from Kane High School in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, during World War II, and trained as a bombardier. Carm taught the use of the new technology (at that time) of the Nordin bombsight. He graduated from Syracuse University Environmental and Forestry College with a B.S. 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.
Carm taught biology and sciences at Bemus Point Central Schools 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 “a fire with youthful enthusiasm that has made a profound effect on each of us.”
In addition 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 ’80s — teams that he lead 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 of Buffalo in New York; and Bodoin 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 (John Kean) Miceli of Falls Church, Va., and Curt (Betsy Eggleston) Miceli of Bemus Point, N.Y.; grandson, Evan Kean of Falls Church; sister, Connie Infield of State College, Pa.; and four nephews, Dan and Jack Infield of State College, 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 at a later date in Bemus Point, where he lived and taught. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his honor can do so to the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224; the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701; or to Disabled Veterans. You may share a memory with the Miceli family at www.englewoodfh.com.
Arrangements are by Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory.