Harvey Abraham Salz, longtime owner of Harvey Salz and Associates and a standout basketball player in his youth, passed away May 5, 2020, in Denver from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 82. No service is scheduled at this date. Shalom Funeral Service made the arrangements.
“Harvey loved his children and grandchildren dearly,” the family says. “A big highlight of his life was hosting a large backyard barbecue or a party with family, good friends and food, where everyone was talking and laughing.”
The grandchildren say that he “had a beautiful, warm smile and a classic mustache that ‘tickled’ whenever he kissed you.”
Mr. Salz was born June 9, 1937, in Brooklyn, NY, to Robert and Faye Salz.
He graduated from Brooklyn’s Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was named to the All City team after bagging 60 points in one game.
Mr. Salz went to the University of North Carolina on a basketball scholarship and played for Coach Frank McGuire. After joining the varsity team in 1958, he started for the famed UNC Tarheels; was voted MVP in 1959; and became captain in 1960.
Following graduation, he played for the Denver Chicago Truckers, the semi-pro basketball team.
Mr. Salz married Phyllis Bacherl Salz on Oct. 13, 1963.
He was in the US Army Air National Guard Air Force Reserve for six years and was honorably discharged in 1966.
Mr. Salz, who with his brother Stanley owned the Collins Shops for 17 years in Denver, opened Harvey Salz and Associates and became a wholesale manufacturers’ representative.
In his later years, Mr. Salz ran marathons, skied, played racquetball, handball and his favorite sport, golf.
He retired in 2015.
Harvey Salz is survived by his wife Phyllis Salz; children Lezli (Scott) Bradley, Jason (Nicole) Salz, Alyson (Dan) VanderPloeg and Joshua (Laura) Salz; and grandchildren Duncan Bradley, Michael Salz, Hanna Salz, Ava Salz, Emily Salz, Cricket VanderPloeg and Logan VanderPloeg; and his brother Stanley Salz.
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