Joseph A. Amico Sr., 96, dies
Written by WBTA STAFF on August 26, 2019
By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs
Batavia, NY — Joseph A. Amico Sr. Passed away on Thursday (Aug. 22) surrounded by his family.
Mr. Amico had a career as a builder, but he was also heavily involved in harness racing in western New York for over 55 years. He first got involved through ownership of a horse named Butch Mac in 1960 and had been an active owner in the sport until 2016. He owned a total of 60 horses during that time including High C Byrd, Oxford Flyer, Eyredale, Fays Rene, Better Bomb, Affable Poplar N, Prince Lee Norm, Tulip T Collins and Best Ears.
Mr. Amico is predeceased by his wife, Norma (Agricoltoso) Amico; brother, Jim (Fran) Amico; sister, Mary (Anthony) Gianni; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Raymond (Carmella) Agricoltoso, Alfred (Mary) Agricoltoso; Ida (Tony) Spaziano, Martha (Vincent) Pettrone, Jane (Santo) Pellitteri, Catherine (Ray) Magliozzi, Celia (John) Izzo, Virginia (Louie) Trombetta.
Mr. Amico is survived by his children, Joseph A. Amico, Jr., Angela (Richard) Wolf; grandchildren, Deana (Stephen) Percassi, Joseph E. (Alison) Amico, Heather (James) Rodriguez, Amber (David) Santos, Alexa Wolf, Ricky Wolf; great grandchildren, Alexandra, Dylan, Stephen, Carly and Collin; many nieces, nephews and friends.
There will be no prior calling. On Tuesday (Aug. 27) all are invited to attend his Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson St., Bergen, NY. Interment is private.
Those that wish to do so, donations in his memory may be directed to Hospice of Orleans, 14080 Rt. 31 W, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. The family would like to thank all of Mr. Amico’s caregivers and neighbors for their love and support.