July 19, 1928 ~ February 5, 2019

Born in: Remedios, Cuba
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Dr. Amado M. Lay, 90, passed away in Aurora, Colorado on Monday, February 4, 2019. Amado was born to Amado Lay-Jon and Maria Capestany in Remedios, Cuba on July 19, 1928.

Dr. Lay is survived by his wife, Miriam Lay; son, Amado M. (Ann Haws) Lay Jr.; granddaughter, Tacy (Phil) Boje; sister in law, Judith (George) Loescher; nephew, Carl H. Loescher; and great nephew, Santiago Loescher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Amado Lay-Jon and Maria Capestany.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 11am. Interment will take place at Saint Simeon Cemetery at a later date.



Memorial Mass: February 8, 2019 11:00 am

Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church
18000 E. Arapahoe Rd
Aurora, CO 80016


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  1. I just met Amado in the last couple of months, and went with him, Miriam and three more of their friends to the Cuba exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Being half-Cuban, I felt a real connection with him, and he was so happy to see the exhibit and the Imax movie on Cuba. It was such a pleasure to meet Amado and share this wonderful experience with him. He will be missed, but left a very deep impression on my heart. I wish I had more time to get to know him better.

  2. I remember Amado well. As a colleague at Gustavus Adolphus College, he was the soul of friendliness and good will. He will be missed. Roger McKnight

  3. Amado was a great friend and colleague. I very much enjoyed the conversations with Amado because he always had such a positive attitude whatever the situation might be. His students must have appreciated that atmosphere in his classes as well. Sue and I have very good memories of faculty dinners with Amado and Miriam. Miriam, our thoughts are with you and your children.

  4. I first met Amado when I interviewed for my position at Gustavus. His quiet and friendly demeanour convinced me that Gustavus was a place at which I could be at home. Over the years, over dinners and lunches, and in conversations in Vickner Hall and across campus I came to know him as an outstandingly honest colleague and genuinely kind and good man. We shared our Catholic faith together and so I ask “ut in paradisum deducant eum angeli, ubi in pace requiescat cum sanctis Dei.”

  5. Dear Miriam. I only today found out about Amado’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you and the family. I treasure my fond memories of Amado from the time we were together as colleagues at Gustavus. He was such a lovely man who never failed to brighten my day in our frequent conversations. He loved teaching and his students very much–one of his fine legacies to be cherished. I am thinking of you, dear Miriam.

  6. I will always remember Amado as my favorite teacher/professor. He excelled at teaching and was a great counselor and friend with his kind and caring manners. My sympathies to the family of a great and influential man.

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