michael green fonte
Michael Green Fonte, PhD
  • 35 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 30, 1980
  • Date of passing: Dec 4, 2015
"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." Ernest Hemingway

Michael Green Fonte, Phd, 35, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 4, 2015.

Services will be held at St Elizabeth Catholic Church, 19 College Hill Road, Philippi, WV on Tuesday, December 8th, 11:00 AM, with visitation at Wright Funeral Home in Philippi on Monday, December 7th, 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Tuesday, December 8th, from 8:00 to 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Michael’s name be made to E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation at http://eowilsonfoundation.org/.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kathleen Rawls on 22nd January 2016

"Pat, I am so very sorry for the loss of your son.  May you and your family find peace over time."

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 15th December 2015

"Dear Patty,
The years have gone by so quickly but suddenly stopped when I read of the passing of your son. I am so, so sorry for your loss and my heartfelt condolances to you and your family. I have thought of you often over the years and really did not know where your life path had taken you. Contact me sometime when you feel like it as I would love to know how you are doing. My prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Sincerely, Sheila Fields Sleeth"

This tribute was added by Diana Craig on 12th December 2015

"Michael, as your aunt, I was there when you were born, celebrated your birth, as your dad exclaimed, he had a football player!! Even though we lived away, when we talked, it was just picking up where we left off! Our deep conversations and shared sense of humor always brought me joy and excitement to see your next success! I love you as my own and am so proud of you and thrilled to a part of your journey. Rest well, Michael, and know we will continue to share your spirit, celebrate your life and remember the impact you made in such a short time."

This tribute was added by Mary Fellows on 11th December 2015

"Pat - No words can adequately express the sympathy and empathy I feel for and with you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are cared for."

This tribute was added by Jana Harvich on 11th December 2015

"Pat,
May the LORD bless and keep you and your family especially strong during this time.  We will keep you in our prayers.  Jana"

This tribute was added by kelley marfiak on 10th December 2015

"Pat,
My heart is with you and your family as your friend and a mother this is the hardest time for a parent. Your son was such an accomplished young man becuase he had his family to support him in his endeavors. That was the greatest gift you could give to him while he was here with us.
Much love to you."

This tribute was added by Nicholas Fonte on 9th December 2015

"Michael was the best son a father could have. He will be missed by me, his mother (Patty), and his sisters ( Catherine and Christina).
Michael rest well, we will see you again.
Love Dad"

This tribute was added by Heather Burton on 9th December 2015

"Pat,

On behalf of your colleagues in PSS, we want to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. As a precious member of our team, we will rally around you to provide the support you need in your time of bereavement. "Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal."

Heather Burton"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Michael. He certainly made an impact in the short time that he had. May your hearts be filled with the joy and memories he brought.

Dody & Bobby Russell"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"I was shocked to hear of your loss. Please know how sorry we are. May happy memories of Michael carry you through this sorrowful time.
-Judy & Bill Smith"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"PATTY...
Im so sorry for your loss...Im speechless...please know we are thinking and praying for you and the entire family...May God wrap his arms around yall and keep you and comfort you during this difficult time...
GOD BLESS..
Tamela Primavero Arbogast"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know our hearts are with you during this difficult time.
-Galen and Karen Scott"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"We are truly sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you all. You all are in our thoughts and prayer. May you find comfort in God during this time.
-Chrystal Bodkin Kittle"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"We are Adam Zooks parents. It is difficult to find words that can express how saddened we were when Adam shared the news with us. We have many memories of the times that Mike was at our home. As one of Adams best friends, I had a special fondness for Mike and his exceptional abilities. I hope you can find comfort in your memories and the support of family and friends.
-Creig and Lisa Zook"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"We are saddened to hear of Michaels passing. Please know that we are thinking of you.

-Jim and Cathy Salai"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"We express our heartfelt condolences to Mikes family and loved ones. We will always remember him as a smart, generous, and reliable friend.

Charlie Wesley and Maria Daxenbichler"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"Patty,

I can only imagine the sorrow that you are experiencing. My deepest sympathy to everyone in your family.

-Nancy Bogert"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"Pat, Nick, and Girls, we are so so sorry for your terrible loss. Michael was probably one of the most brilliant young men I have ever met. His bright light has gone out much too soon, but we must be comforted by all the wonderful work he left behind. He certainly left his mark on this world and how many of us can say that? God bless all of you and may His angels lead your beautiful boy into Heaven.
-Karen & Barry Van Hoose"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"Patty and family we are very sorry for your loss.
-Tom and Ricki (Gall) Skidmore"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"We are shocked and so sorry to hear that Michael passed. His entire family and all his friends are in our hearts and prayers at this time.
-Gary and Janet Fitzgerald"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"Patty so sorry this has happen you and your family our in thoughts.
-Moe Roy"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"Nick, Pat, Cathy, and Christina, I am so shocked and saddened by your loss. Your kids were always so special to me. Michael and I had lots of long talks about his plans for his future. He was truly someone very special. I pray he is in peace in heaven. And I pray that God gives you the strength you need at this difficult time.
-Tina Hanna"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"We are so sorry to hear of Michaels passing. Love and prayers to you and your entire family during this difficult time.

Monica & Duane Cochran"

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 8th December 2015

"Dear Nick and family,
Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you. Youve lost you son, grandson, and brother much too soon. We are out of town and in PA for Matts job. God bless all of you.

Much Love,
Matt & Tuesday Menas"

This tribute was added by Andrew Kimble on 8th December 2015

"From those early days with your underground newspaper, to your inspirational interest in politics, to evolutionary biology, to your prescient assessment of Guatamalan political corruption, and love of Lynch and so much more, you were a great influence on my life and introduced me to so many ideas and subjects. Above all, you were a great friend. I'm so very, very sad that you're gone. I remember when you graduated high school, and we said our goodbyes, I thought to myself, "This won't be the last time I see Mike Fonte." And I was right. Two years later, we were at the same college. It's painful to imagine that, now, I can say those words no longer. But you will live on. In my memory, and all those who met and knew you. People often claim someone was "one of a kind," and it's largely nonsense. Most people fit into some mold or another, but you truly were different. I am certain I will never meet someone like you again, because how could I? The world truly suffers for your loss, my friend. Take care, and thanks for being a part of my life."

This tribute was added by Rajai Hakki on 7th December 2015

"Dear Mike,

I don't know where to begin or how to explain how much you mean to me. Since we were roommates at USC to our Thanksgiving re-connections, to our hours and hours of Skype conversation about everything and nothing. No matter where I was in the world, you were reaching out to me, keeping our friendship up to date. Nobody could ever replace you as a best friend and as an intellectual inspiration. I can't really believe that you are gone. You've left a hole in my heart.

I love you my dearest friend. Best buddy. Best bro. Forever.

- Rajai Hakki"

This tribute was added by Hiba Bittar on 6th December 2015

"RIP Mike, as my son Rajai's best friend I always thought of you as my second son. Rajai so valued you and your friendship. It is indeed sad to have lost you! I deeply pray that your soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Suren Seron on 5th December 2015

"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very very brightly, Mike. Look at you. You're the prodigal son.

Mike, you have changed not only the lives of those of us who are living but also those who will come after, read your work, and be inspired to pick up where you left off.  You are deeply missed by all your brothers in California.  We will always be waiting for your return."

This tribute was added by Christina Hillsberg on 5th December 2015

"Michael,

Words can't begin to explain the heartbreak we feel. You were taken from us too soon, but in your short time on earth, you accomplished a great deal.  I will forever look up to you as my big brother and the smartest person I know.

I love you.  Rest peacefully."

This tribute was added by Catherine Fahey on 5th December 2015

"I will miss you Michael. Rest in peace and I will see you in the future."


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