Joseph "Jay" Amico Artistic Memorial Fund

To provide scholarships to one or more graduating students of Ansonia High School
Jay Amico

Joseph "Jay" Amico was a hard-working, well educated individual who loved innovation, adventure, and risk taking. A 1974 graduate of Ansonia High School, Jay became employed at Sikorsky Aircraft, a division of Lockheed Martin, for 29 years.

Jay's tremendous thirst for knowledge led him to pursue his education in business and management, while simultaneously studying and excelling in Soo Bahk do karate, climbing Mount Blanc and the French Alps, and running in the New York City marathon.

"In addition to his many other interests, our son was always into music, art, and photography," said his mother, Mrs. Evelyn Amico. "In high school he had a band (he was the guitarist) and they would always practice at our house. He loved taking pictures, put many to music, and often made presentations to interested groups, including schools." When he passed away suddenly in 2006, donations from family, friends, and co-workers came pouring in. His parents, Nick and Evelyn Amico, established the Jay Amico Artistic Memorial Awards Fund through the Valley Community Foundation to honor and help others who shared the same love of art and music as Jay.

"Our son accomplished some pretty amazing things," said Nick Amico. "He loved being innovative in everything he did, from working at Sikorsky to mountain climbing, to scuba diving, karate and photography. He was one of the most active people I've ever known. Most people only dream of having a "full" life. Jay was fortunate to have truly lived his to the fullest."

"We hope that this Fund will help others to achieve their goals." said Mrs. Amico. "Your dreams can become realities if you work hard and believe in yourself. Jay certainly did."

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Joseph 'Jay' Amico Artistic Memorial Awards Fund