January 9, 1938 ~ April 21, 1999
Carmine passed away on Wednesday. Carmine had been suffering from cancer
for a while now. He put up a gallant fight but, as we all know, once the cancer
grabs you it is very difficult to break its grip. I saw him last at Snake's
birthday party. You could tell he was hurting but he was out with his friends
Carmine was more than just the Treasurer for our chapter. Although he served in
that board position for 4 years, he was often a contributor to the humor,
guidance and soul of the group. He tirelessly guided the business functions of
The Southeast Chapter and he often chimed in with common sense insight to
questions in our chapter meetings. More than once Carmine shared a bit of his
wisdom with me.
Carmine will be sorely missed. From what I personally know of him and the way
our entire chapter happily greeted him at all of our events, it is easy to tell
he was well liked. He shared the dedication to personal freedom, freedom of the
road and freedom of choice ABATE is embodied by.
Ride free friend,
We'll see you on the other side.
Miss Me - But Let Me Go
as read by Snake
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free.
Miss me a little but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love we once shared,
Miss me - but let me go.
For this is a journey
I had the pleasure of knowing Carmine for more than 4 years of my short
life, and as many of the people in ABATE, he left an indelible impression on me.
Carmine was always smiling, and never had a poor word for you, unless it was in
jest. Due to my own illness, I was not present at the last 3 meetings and did
not hear about Carmine's passing until now, and for that I am sad. I wish I
could have seen him once more. You only meet a few good souls in your life, and
it is my belief that Carmine was one.
Thank you Carmine for being in my life, however brief. And, may the wind be
forever at your back.
A special message:
To all of the thoughtful people that
attended my father, Carmine's services,
If you did not receive a personal thank you or you did not leave your address in
the sign-in book; I would like to take a moment from this hectic time to thank
you now. There was such an outpouring of sympathy, it was evident my father was
well loved. I can say that easily from the number of donations to the Joe De
Maggio fund and the cards, letters and comments. A wealth of people have come
forward to help all of us in the family in our time of sorrow. I thank all of
you for supporting us in your own way. I'm sure my father is smiling with the
knowledge of all of your well wishes.
Thank you again, his daughter, Bunny
this message is from William, Kristen & Angela:
Our grandfather Carmine was not only a great man to us but he was a terrific man
to everyone. He always helped anyone that needed it. We all remember going to
his house and catching baby tad poles in his lake behind his house and playing
with his dog Pepsi. If we could have changed anything in the world we would
have liked to spend more time with him. We miss him so much.
Sincerely his grand kid's,
hope you rest in peace grandpa ~
It's almost 4 years now and I miss you everyday that goes
by. If it's really true that you can see I hope you see the turns my life has
I can sometimes feel your guidance... I miss you Daddy
"DA VOA Ben"
Please send any donation's to the
Joe De Maggio's Cancer Fund
in Memory of Carmine Auricchio!
Memorial West Hospital
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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