Howard Bagdad

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Howard
Bagdad, 77, a
long-time resident
of Golden,
Colorado, passed away on November
16, 2018, after battling cancer for several
years. Howard was born in New York
City, in the Bronx, and recently said,
"I like to tell people that I'm a retired
New York gangster. Some people believe
me." Howard graduated from the New
York High School of Printing in 1959,
and then joined the New York National
Guard and was on active duty in New
Jersey, Oklahoma, and New York until
severe asthma ended his service. While
suffering from pneumonia in a New
York hospital, a social worker recommended
he go to National Jewish
Hospital in Denver. Howard came to
Colorado in early 1963 and stayed at
National Jewish for 13 months, and he
credits the organization with saving his
life. During his time at National Jewish,
he decided Colorado should be his permanent
home. From 1972 to 1989, Howard
worked for Coors as a draftsman,
providing construction drawings for
Coors' electricians. Howard also worked
for the Henderson Mine prior to his retirement.
Howard loved bicycling, and
joined the Denver Touring Bicycle Club,
and served as its president. In 2000,
Mount Saint
Vincent Home
for children
approached
the club to start a bicycle program for
the kids, and Howard joined the Golden
Optimists club, as they too ran a bicycle
donation program. Howard was quickly
tapped as the president of the Golden
Optimists Club, serving in that capacity
from 2003 until his passing. Howard
was a kind soul who very much enjoyed
giving bikes to those in need, including
international students at the School
of Mines, and he was featured as a 7
Everyday Hero, by Denver's Channel 7
in 2016. Square dancing with the Rocky
Tops Club, building model airplanes,
international travelling, and spending
time with his Niece's family in
Silverthorne, CO, were other pastimes
he enjoyed. Much to the dismay of his
great nephew Cooper Hyland, Howard
shall now forever remain undefeated in
their chess matches. Howard is survived
by his niece and nephew, Jamie Hyland
and David Bagdad, Jamie's husband
Ryan Hyland, and their children Cooper
(14), Abby (12) and Molly (12), and sister
in-law Fran Bagdad. Howard was
preceded in death by his brother Robert
Bagdad, and parents John and Rhea
Bagdad.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Nov. 29 to Dec. 28, 2018