George Arthur Vicenzi
Aspen, CO ColoradoGeorge Arthur Vicenzi passed away Friday, May 4, in the Aspen Valley Hospital, succumbing to a rare form of cancer. George was born Jan. 21, 1944, in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut, then came to Aspen in 1968. He arrived in a brand-new VW bus with his wife, Sandra. He became a successful real-estate investor, was very active in the community preserving Aspen’s character, and thoroughly enjoyed the Aspen way of life. He loved to bike, ski, snowboard, mountain climb, sail, attend the theater and summer music concerts. He also traveled extensively. In 1975, he traveled to Pakistan with his friend Bil Dunaway to search for their friend, Fritz Stammberger, who had disappeared while mountain-climbing. George was full of life, had a marvelous sense of humor and loved to kibitz. He was fond of Yiddish expressions and thought of himself as an “honorary member of the Tribe.” He was often seen riding his unicycle while juggling, to the amusement, as well as the bemusement of his neighbors in the West End. George’s other main mode of transportation was an old one-speed bike with a basket, which he could be seen riding on through town. His red brick Victorian house was notable for the suit-of-armor sentinel in the front window and his 1968 VW bus in the driveway. He is survived by his beloved daughter Heather Lee Vicenzi of Aspen, former wife, Sandra Carris of Aspen, friends and girlfriends past and present: Bruce Gordon, Nancy Tate, Colleen Collins. Kerry Elliott, Liyu Yang. All were with him in his final days, as a testimony to how much he was cared for and loved. George is also survived by his sister Diane Montagna of Connecticut and brother David Vicenzi of Virginia, and by a wide network of wonderful, close friends.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Independence Pass Foundation, PO Box 1700, Aspen, CO 81621.
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