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Michael J Mongin
  • April 26, 1943
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  • March 02, 2018

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Michael Mongin 74 , passed away suddenly on Friday, March 2. Born in Niagara Falls, Mike’s family moved to the Bronx, NY where his father was employed as an Immigration and Naturalization officer. Raised in NYC, Mike attended St. Nicholas Of Tolentine High School until his father’s retirement at which time Mike’s family moved to Johnstown where he graduated high school. He then returned to the Bronx to attend Manhattan College, graduating in 1965.      He began his 37 year career in education at Perth Central School, teaching Science and Health before becoming Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. In February 1970 he moved to Fonda-Fultonville Central School as Athletic Director and Football Coach. During this time he worked as part time Recreation Director for Tryon School for boys. In February 1979, Mike became the Principal of Fonda-Fultonville High School, serving in that position until his retirement in 2002.      In addition to his professional  career in education, Mike was involved in several organizations and civic endeavors. He served on the Fulton County Board of Supervisors (1974-1980) and was Chairman of the Board in 1976. He was Republican City Chairman for 2 years and was appointed to a 9 year term as Trustee of Fulton Montgomery Community College. He served as Chairman of the College Board in 1986.  Mike was elected to a three year term on the Johnstown Board of Education (1997-2000). He was a director on the Johnstown Hospital and Johnstown Hospital Foundation Boards. He was the Fulton County OTB director for 10 years (1998-2008). Other affiliations include Section 2 Athletic Council Executive Committee,  the NYS Public High School Athletic Association, Capital Region Principals Center, Gloversville YMCA board of directors, Middle States visiting committee, Knights of Columbus, the Eagles, the Moose, Sons of the American Legion, Sons of the AM Vets and is a Charter Member of the Republican National Committee.      Mike is survived by his wife of 49 years Elaine, daughter Samantha and her fiancé Tom Neri of Saratoga, son Michael and wife Jodi of Orlando, FL and 4 grandchildren, Cassidy, Jake, Matthew and Charlotte. There will be no viewing hours. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider  a donation to the charity of your choice.      Mike was a unique man, whose natural authority, warmth, humor and intelligence was appreciated by all who knew him. He will be sorely missed.


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  1. Brian Boyle says:
    21 Mar 2018
    Dear Elaine and Samantha and Michael,

    I heard of Mike's passing soon after it happened and I am deeply touched whenever it comes to mind, and it does each day. You all have suffered a great loss but I know God will give you the strength to overcome it. As you know Mike and I go way back to the Tolentine days in The Bronx. The stories that we could tell, and have told endlessly I suppose, still make me laugh when I think of them. Mike was always a great instigator of good times and laughter. We enjoyed our youthful foolishness when it existed and we enjoyed sharing the joys and difficulties that we experienced as we grew older.Mike never failed to mention how proud he was of each of you, and how lucky he felt to have such a wonderful wife and family. I enjoyed my many visits to Johnstown and the get togethers that Mike and i had over the years.

    I read the beautiful tribute that you guys had for Mike in the obit, and I read each tribute that your many friends have written on this website. They capture perfectly the great friend that I knew, and they go on to list so many accomplishments and acts of generosity that make me happy and proud to be a friend of Mike's.

    I wish you the strenghth of God's blessings for the years to come and the happiness of your memories. Our best wishes for the future to you and your extended families. Brian and Joan Boyle

  2. David Conboy says:
    14 Mar 2018
    I got to know Mike for my last three years of high school. He was a great guy. He was always smiling and happy every day I saw him. I bumped into him a number of times over the years and he was always the same - warm, inviting and fun to be around. There are a number of traits he had, that I aspire to possess. I am grateful and honored to know him. His essence lives in our memories. To Mikes entire family, my heart and prayers are with you.

  3. Frank Maphia & Family says:
    14 Mar 2018
    Dear Elaine & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the Mongin Family. I will never forget all the good times we spent especially the days with The Glove City Colonials. Rest in piece my dear friend!

  4. Joe and Lisa Wager says:
    13 Mar 2018
    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mike's family during this difficult time. Mike was a person of integrity, credibility, and dignity. He was a kind and caring person, and was respected by all who knew him. He had a positive influence on so many lives and will be truly missed.

  5. Jack and Judy Brookman says:
    13 Mar 2018
    We join with so many others in sending our heartfelt condolences for the loss of a great man who touched so many lives both in his career and personally through his friends. Many memories hold him dear to us.

  6. Julius "Jay" Roller says:
    12 Mar 2018
    My Sincere Condolences To The Mongin Family. Mike Was One Of A Kind. A Great Man And Even Greater Friend. I Respected Mike As An Educator And As A Colleague Who Was Always Looking Out And Caring For Those Around Him. I Feel Lucky To Have Known Such A Great Man As A Friend And Buddy. I Pray Someday To Meet With Him Again And Be Able To Play In His Foursome At Some Heavenly Country Club. Rest In Peace My Friend, You Will Be Missed.

  7. Dave Sponenberg says:
    12 Mar 2018
    Goodbye, old friend.

  8. Richard DeMallie (Dixon), Ed. D. (FFCS Class of 1990) says:
    12 Mar 2018
    Dear Mongin Family,
    I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Mongin. Mr. Mongin was my high school principal and one of very few people whom I felt truly believed in me as a student. He never hesitated to stand up for me and judged me on my character, commitment, kindness, and work ethic. I know for a fact that this did not sit well with some of the teachers he led during my time at FFCS. Unfortunately, I was not what would be described as academically strong. In reflecting on my time at FFCS I can say that Mr. Mongin taught me that teenage opinions have value, and that trusting a teenager is okay until they break that trust. I worked for him during my junior and senior years filling the soda machine, doing inventory, and counting money. He trusted me to drive his car to the bank to make deposits,and unbeknownst to him, I learned to drive a stick shift in his car. I know that allowing students to do those things today, are things of the past. With that said, I am truly thankful for the time, compassion, trust, and caring Mr. Mongin showed me as his student. His caring for me did not end after I graduated high school. He recommended me for my first “real job” at Mitchell Paper in Fonda, and wrote many letters of recommendation for me when I was seeking further employment or entrance into educational institutions.Today I am the current High School Principal in Gloversville NY. I hope he knew what an impact he had on my life, and I also pray that I have the same impact on at least one of my students that Mr. Mongin had on me. I will be forever thankful to Mr. Mongin for the life lessons I learned from him.
    May God Bless you and bring you peace during this time.

  9. Bill Vacek says:
    11 Mar 2018
    Elaine, we met at the class of 65 high school reunion. I didn,t know Mike tat well, but wished we had more time together. He went to
    Manhattan and I went to Fordham and we would travel together . I don" even remember the things we discussed, bu I always felt at ease with him.I know that he was a very kind and good person. We have all experienced so much good and pain in our lives. Please know that knowing Mike was one of the good experiences in my life and also in the life of many many others. Bill Vacek

  10. Nikki Hathaway says:
    11 Mar 2018
    Under Mike's leadership he brought the high school media center into the 21st century with current automated computers. Thanks!

  11. Jack and Julie Gumuka says:
    11 Mar 2018
    Jack and I wish to send our sincere condolences to Elaine and Family over the loss of a truly special man. May he walk with the Angels!

  12. Daniel V. Ehle says:
    11 Mar 2018
    Dear Elaine, God made Mike a big man for a big world and he made his mark. We shall miss him for awhile. I give my love and prayers to you and your family, Dan Ehle

  13. Bob Conroy says:
    09 Mar 2018
    Love strength and prayers from Conroy family

  14. Anne and David King says:
    09 Mar 2018
    Elaine, David and I were saddened to learn of Mike's death. He was always such an upbeat person with so much charisma. We extend our deepest sympathies to you, Michael, Samantha, and all of your extended family. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Earl Johnson says:
    09 Mar 2018
    To Elaine and family and friends,
    Barbara and I are sorry to hear about Mike's passing and we want you to know that our prayers are with you. We miss seeing both of you as neighbors and having chats over the tree line. May you be consoled and strengthened by God's grace and by the presence of your family and friends.
    P.S. I continue to keep the snow off your sidewalk!
    Earl Johnson

  16. Rick Rohrs says:
    09 Mar 2018
    Elaine, We are saddened to learn of Mike’s passing. He was a great guy and though he and I weren’t close he always had a smile and friendly hello when we ran into one another. I have great respect for you and Mike for all that you’ve accomplished together. Please let me know if we can do anything to help you. Rick and Linda Rohrs

  17. Greg and Diane Precopio says:
    09 Mar 2018
    Elaine, our sincere sympathies go out to you and your family for your loss. I have very fond memories growing up and tagging along with my Dad and his friends... Mike, Gary Cerone, Dick Semprevio, Uncle Butch and many others. Mike always took an interest in other peoples lives and made you feel special. The world was a better place with him in it and he will be remembered for the exceptional man that he was.

  18. Dick and Gay Lefebvre says:
    08 Mar 2018
    Dearest Elaine and Family, we are shocked and saddened to learn of Mike's passing. There are so many wonderful memories from so many years. We offer our sincere sympathy and share your pain. Dick and Gay Lefebvre

  19. Laura says:
    08 Mar 2018
    Hey, Mr. Mongin: Quincy and I will raise a drink to you in Florida and at the White Lake Inn! Will miss seeing you at Partners. Enjoyed meeting your beautiful grandchildren at Sport Island!

  20. ed shoop says:
    08 Mar 2018
    one of the very best. he taught me more about basketball and competition than any coach ever did - simply by example.HLVA
    Thanks, Mike; RIP.
    Shoopie

  21. Dennis and Maureen White says:
    08 Mar 2018
    Most sincere sympathy to Mike Mongin's family and many friends. Some of my earliest memories are of Mike serving as life guard for family swim at FFCS! He was a force to be reckoned with always! Rest in peace and God bless your family!

  22. Jim Sr. & Sharon Hillier Family says:
    08 Mar 2018
    I am at a loss for words so I will first offer our condolences to Elaine, Samantha and Michael on the recent loss of a long time friend of mine. We shared a lot of great times together that included FM United Scholarship fundraising as original board members (1990), several trips to Boston, Johnstown BOE members together, Mike's intervention with Tommy Melita to secure my 20 years working for the County of Fulton, Knights of Columbus events, took him to his first Daytona 500 where I found him talking to Coach Joe Gibbs after I could not find him. I could go on and on. He was my mentor, leader and most of all "true friend" who I will certainly miss!!! Rest in peace my friend Mike Mongin you were definitely one of a kind and a special person to everyone's heart you touched!!!

  23. Rodney Simonds and Family says:
    07 Mar 2018
    Deepest condolences to Elaine and family on the loss of Mike, one of the greatest men I had the pleasure of knowing. Mr. Mongin was my mentor and friend. Working with Mike for nearly 25 years shoed me what a true educator was. Compassionate, disciplined, humorous, loyal, honest, and respectful. He was all of these and more. Working with and learning from Mike was a true blessing. He was a man among men. Rest in peace my good friend.

  24. Roger Giford says:
    07 Mar 2018
    Mike was a true gentleman ,a great coach , and a friend who would do anything for another friend Mike RIP you will be truly missed

  25. Natisha (Ninneman) Grandjean says:
    07 Mar 2018
    Mr. Mongin was my high school principal. I graduated FFCS in 1995. He was an amazing man. He helped me deal with bullies during my time during school. He was there when you needed him and helped anyone who came his way. I send prayers and hugs to you and the family.

  26. Gene & Martha Stevens lit a candle:
    07 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 7, 2018 at 3:34:59 PM

  27. Rod Simonds and Family says:
    07 Mar 2018
    Deepest condolences to Elaine and Family on the loss of Mike, one of the greatest men I had the pleasure of knowing. Mr. Mongin was my mentor and friend. Working with Mike for nearly 25 years showed me what a true educator was. Compassionate, disciplined, humorous, loyal, honest and respectful. He was all of these and more. Working with and learning from Mike was a true blessing. He was a man among men. Rest in piece my dear friend.

  28. Jill Aulisi says:
    07 Mar 2018
    Dear Elaine, I am sorry I do not have a proper address to write to you. We were very sorry to hear about Mike's death. We had many happy times with you two in Johnstown. He was also a favorite of my father's; I am sure they are playing basketball together as I write this. Jill and Joe Aulisi

  29. Bob Atty lit a candle:
    07 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 7, 2018 at 3:43:01 PM

  30. Sean and Holly Thompson says:
    07 Mar 2018
    I was extremely fortunate to have had Mr. Mongin for a high school principal as both a student and as a teacher. I cannot begin to adequately explain the profound impact he had on my life. He was a great mentor and leader. His strong work ethic and meticulous preparation were a powerful example. His high school was a place of order and discipline. He made sure the distractions were minimized so classroom instruction took center-stage. He battled hard to hold people accountable and to protect the best interests of students. He fought for what was right and never backed down. He was funny, demanding, curious, and wise. If I was making a Mount Rushmore for F-FCS, Mr. Mongin would definitely be on it. He will be sorely missed. My family and I send our prayers and condolences to Elaine, Michael, Samantha, and the entire Mongin family.

  31. Betsy Turner says:
    07 Mar 2018
    Elaine, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Hoping you surround yourself with family and find comfort there.
    Betsy Olds Turner

  32. Toni Gattie says:
    07 Mar 2018
    My deepest condolences to Elaine and the Family on the loss of Mike. May you take comfort in your wonderful memories over the years. God Bless all of you in this most difficult time in your lives. Toni (Compagnone) Gattie

  33. Jeanine and Pete Precopio says:
    07 Mar 2018
    Elaine and family,
    We send you our sincere sympathy. We remember all of the fun times we had in the past years with you and Mike. He was a special person. God bless you and your family and we wish you the best in these tough times.
    Jeanine and Pete Precopio.

  34. Sandy and Jack Whelan says:
    07 Mar 2018
    Elaine, Sam and Mike,
    No words can describe the sadness we feel from losing our good friend. Mike always had a beautiful smile and could lift anyones spirits. He was there for anyone who needed him. He will surely have a few laughs with God and all his buds that have gone before him. RIP Mike!

  35. George & Audrey Kline says:
    07 Mar 2018
    Elaine
    Whenever we were together, we always smiled and laughed. Even when we discussed serious matters. We will miss that great smile and ability to care for others.
    Our hearts go out to you and your family. There are many of us feeling the loss of such a large personality.

  36. Joey Caruso says:
    07 Mar 2018
    On behalf of the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and everyone associated with St. Jude's------we say "rest in peace"......indeed you have been a special person to the children and to everyone that you have touched in your life. Your leadership to Fulton County was outstanding and your dedication to teaching and coaching was the best. I will also remember you during our radiothons and telethons for St. Jude's Hospital---indeed you left your mark to the Hospital for children suffering with cancer......Blessing to you in heaven and blessings to your family............Job well done Mikie as a husband, father, teacher, coach, community leader and friend...........

  37. Toni (Compagnone) Gattie says:
    06 Mar 2018
    To Elaine and the Family. My deepest condolences to you all. May God Bless you at this most difficult time in your lives. Cherish your wonderful memories.

  38. Carnen and Angela Gentile says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Elaine, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are deeply saddened by the news. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  39. Carnen and Angela Gentile lit a candle:
    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:41:05 PM

  40. Barbara H. Taylor says:
    06 Mar 2018
    So sorry to hear the news of Mike - a great man. My sincere sympathy is sent to Elaine and his children.

  41. Larry Hayes says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Condolences to the Mongin family. Coach Mongin expected excellence on the football field, as a school citizen and in the classroom. He was an inspiring coach, an honorable man and friend to all he knew. RIP Coach.

  42. gena bellinger(tretola) lit a candle:
    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:45:28 PM

  43. gena bellinger(tretola) says:
    06 Mar 2018
    I send my condolences to elain kids and family. he was a great cousin and man

  44. Lori Maves lit a candle:
    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:41:39 PM

  45. Rich Rovazzini says:
    06 Mar 2018
    To the Mongin Family,
    Mike was a role model for us younger teachers back in the day! Even though he became an administrator, he never forgot what it was like to be in the classroom! He was a man that never spoke negatively about anybody but always encouraged you to strive your best and if you lost you still walk tall with their heads up of the field! Finally, a man that cared deeply about our community!
    To Mike: It has been an honor and a privilege to have called you a friend! May you Rest In Peace and thanks for the memories!

  46. thomasand marie jablonski says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Rest in Peace,Dear old friend.Your family has our deepest sympathy and prayers,Marie & Tom Jablonski

  47. Robert J Phillips says:
    06 Mar 2018
    so sorry for your loss. I played football for Coach Mongin and Coach West from 1974-1977. He was well respected and will be missed

  48. Tamie Gifford says:
    06 Mar 2018
    To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die...May you find comfort in knowing “Mr Mongin” has touched so many hearts; he will forever live in our memories.

  49. Jim and Marilyn Corbett lit a candle:
    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:30:29 PM

  50. jan ralbovsky says:
    06 Mar 2018
    so sorry for your loss

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