An Obituary: Henry Miranda Jr.

February 27, 2024

Henry Aldo Miranda Jr., 99, of Bedford, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 25, 2024. He was a remarkable man who lived a full and rich life, and was loved and respected by all those who knew him.

Henry was born in New York City on Sept. 20, 1924 to Henry Miranda and Jennie Lucarini, both immigrants from Italy. His family moved to “the country,” to Tuckahoe, NY for cleaner air when Henry was a young boy. He attended elementary and high school in neighboring Eastchester.

He enlisted in the army in June 1943, and became a sergeant in the Signal Corp. He spent three years in Europe typing coded messages during the height of the war. Upon his return to the states, he enrolled at Iona College on the GI Bill.

Henry was a man of deep faith. When he returned from the war, he was active in the Church of the Assumption in Tuckahoe, where he met, and later married, Cecelia Saviano in 1950. Throughout their 73-year marriage, their shared devotion to their Catholic faith guided their lives. They acted in church plays, sang in church choirs, and in later years, Henry taught Sunday School and led prayer groups.

Henry was a man of science. After receiving his doctoral degree in Physics from Fordham University, where he studied under Nobel prizewinner Dr. Victor Hess, his work took him to ships on the sea, to Alaska and even to outer space!

He worked for Geophysics Corporation of America in Burlington for many years, and later convinced two colleagues to partner with him to start their own scientific consulting company called Epsilon Labs. One of their proudest accomplishments was winning the bid to put an instrument on the first Space Shuttle to measure particulate matter in outer space.

Henry Miranda Jr.

Henry was a man of music. As a young boy he learned to play classical music on the piano, and his musical talent served as a grand outlet for his poetic expressions. As life’s more poignant moments moved him, he would write a song. Complicated, beautiful melody matched with deep thoughts exquisitely articulated. Hundreds of them over the years. Much of it was inspired by his faith with liturgical applications; others were more personal.

In his seventies, he began studying composition at the Longy School of Music, and was proud as punch to be on the stage at spring recitals with other musicians 50 years his junior!

Henry was a man who believed in being a good citizen. He was active in town politics, attending town meetings, regularly writing to his town papers expressing his thoughts on local issues. Likewise, he always researched, and often openly discussed, his views on national political topics.

But most importantly, Henry was a family man. He and his cherished wife, Cecelia created a welcoming home for not only his own children, but the entire neighborhood. Lifelong friendships were cemented at the Miranda’s, and lots of love and laughter flowed.

The Miranda family thanks the myriad of wonderful caregivers and friends who helped Henry manage his world these past many months. Their skill and loving attention were so instrumental in allowing Henry to remain at his lovely home for so long.

The interested reader might want to consult the following article in the Bedford Citizen that was written about Henry a few years ago: https://thebedfordcitizen.org/2020/10/dr-henry-miranda-one-of-bedfords-renaissance-men/.

Henry leaves behind his beloved wife, Cecelia; his sister Gesuina Seibert (and husband Walter); and his children: Rick Miranda (and wife Jeanne) of Fort Collins CO, and Martha Liquori (and husband Steve) of South Hamilton, MA. Likewise, he is survived by his grandchildren, Daniel Miranda (and wife Christina) of Basking Ridge NJ; Christopher Liquori of Kittery, Maine; Maria Miranda (and husband Marcus) of Minneapolis MN; Joseph Miranda of Fort Collins, CO; and Peter Liquori of Kittery Point, ME. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Cecelia Miranda and Leo Miranda of Basking Ridge NJ, and Eleanor Pobloske and Henry Pobloske of Minneapolis MN.

A wake for Henry will be held at Bedford Funeral Home, 167 Great Rd, Bedford from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael Parish, 90 Concord Rd, Bedford at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 2.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org.

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