Born in Brooklyn, New York on June 9, 1937
Departed on May 5, 2020 and resided in Denver, Colorado
Harvey Abraham Salz, age 82, died in Denver, Colorado on May 5, 2020. He died as a result of
complications of Parkinson's Disease.
Harvey was born to Robert and Faye Salz on June 9, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. He leaves his widow,
Phyllis Bacherl Salz, and four children: Lezli (Scott) Bradley, Jason (Nicole) Salz, Alyson (Dan)
VanderPloeg, Joshua (Laura) Salz. He also leaves seven grandchildren: Duncan Bradley, Michael Salz,
Hanna Salz, Ava Salz, Emily Salz, Cricket VanderPloeg, and Logan VanderPloeg as well as one brother,
Stanley Salz. His sister, Beth Wolf, preceded him in death.
Harvey graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he was named to
the All City team after bagging sixty points in one game. He went on to college at the University of North
Carolina on a basketball scholarship where he played for coach Frank McGuire. After joining the varsity
in 1958, Harvey was a three year starter for the famed UNC Tarheels and in 1959 was voted MVP by his
teammates. Harvey had a signature game against Duke in the '59 regular season finale pouring in 21
points in the last quarter to lead the Heels to a 10 point win. He was UNC's team captain in 1960. After
college, he played for the semi-pro basketball team, the Denver Chicago Truckers. He also traveled to
South America and Europe as part of a USA Goodwill Team teaching basketball skills to underprivileged
children. Harvey was always a stellar athlete and a fierce competitor. In his later years he ran
marathons, skied, played racquetball, handball, and his final favorite sport, golf. Harvey always played
with the same zeal and competence he showed as a young man.
Harvey and his brother, Stanley, owned the Collins Shops for 17 years in Denver. He then went on to a
successful career with Harvey Salz and Associates as a Wholesale Manufacturers' Representative. He
retired in 2015 to spend more time with his beloved family and, of course, to play golf with his friends!
Harvey served his country for six years in the U.S. Army Air National Guard Air Force Reserve and was
honorably discharged in October 1966.
His children and grandchildren want "Zaidy" to be remembered as a good man and a good father. He
loved his children and grandchildren dearly. A big highlight of his life was a large backyard barbecue or
party in the house with lots of good food, good friends and family and everyone laughing and talking.
Harvey had a beautiful, warm smile and a classic mustache that "tickled" (said the grandchildren) when
he kissed you - which he did every chance he got!
The Salz family asks that memorial contributions be made in Harvey's name to the Jewish Family
Services: Jewish Family Services
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