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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. Heather Squires Riggins posted an image:
    06 Mar 2018
    Glad to have met Mike this past summer at the Johnstown block party. I heard nothing but great things about him.
    Glad to have met Mike this past summer at the Johnstown block party. I heard nothing but great things about him.

  2. Gwen Hutchins says:
    06 Mar 2018
    So sorry for your loss. Class of 1973 at FFCS he was my driver education teacher. Great teacher.

  3. Tracy Rose Cranker says:
    06 Mar 2018
    So sorry for you loss! Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Barbara Dalmata says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Elaine and family,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Mikes passing. He was a wonderful person who was loved by many. Our Deepest Sympathy to you all.
    The Dalmata Family

  5. Linda Restive says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Mike was my first Principal, and a great one! Always charming and inspirational, with a good heart. He always went above and beyond the call of duty to help someone out. He will surely be missed and remembered by all who knew him. My sincerest condolences to Elaine, Sam and Michael and their families.
    Linda (Precopio) Restive

  6. Sandy Hazzard Scutt says:
    06 Mar 2018
    So sorry for your loss. I am an alumni of FFCS, class of 1971. Mike taught me driver education. He was a great asset to FFCS.

  7. Kathy West, Julie Susi and Janine Nelsen says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Elaine, Michael, Samantha and families. Mike was a wonderful friend, a great educator and an outstanding coach with whom our late husband and father, John West, worked closely as a fellow administrator and coach. Mike touched each of our lives ways we will cherish. A beloved and respected man has departed but will forever be loved and remembered.

  8. Bob Weaver says:
    06 Mar 2018
    I have known Mike for many years & also played football with him on the Glove Cities Colonials. He was a super guy who I'm sure didn't have an enemy in the world....rest in peace old friend

  9. Joe Grabowski says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Mike was one of my best, life long friends as well as a mentor. Going to miss his easy smile and warmth, even if he hadn't seen you in years. Carol and I are so sorry for your loss, Elaine. RIP to one of the great ones

  10. Joe Grabowski says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Mike was one of my best, life long friends who did a great thing for me when I was young and searching by hiring me as a teacher and coach at Fonda Fultonville High School. Coaching with Mike was one of the most rewarding years of my life. Always smiling, always happy to see you and hear about your latest adventures....that was Mongin. Sure going to miss you, Mike.

  11. Mike and Anne Campos says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Our deepest sympathy to Elaine and family. He impacted a lot of lives and will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.

  12. Bill Dzierson says:
    06 Mar 2018
    One of the greatest men. My sincerest condolences to Elaine and family, my prayers are with you.

  13. Bill Dzierson lit a candle:
    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:34:15 AM

  14. Mike and louise muller lit a candle:
    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:56:36 AM

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    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:50:37 AM

  16. Kim & Anne Henck, Union Hall Inn says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.

  17. Bill Higgins says:
    06 Mar 2018
    A sad day indeed. We worked together for 23 years. Mike was not only a great friend and Administrator, but also a GREAT person.
    RIP GOOD FRIEND.

  18. Tricia (Jackson) Javarone lit a candle:
    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:45:48 AM

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    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:40:11 AM

  20. Bob Ireland says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Mike will be missed by so many...he is one that made this world a better place...his infectious smile was sincere...God bless the family...my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  21. Al and Carol Washburn lit a candle:
    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:48:47 AM

  22. Erin Vertucci lit a candle:
    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:38:00 AM

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    06 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 6, 2018 at 3:00:53 AM

  24. Jack Siedlecki says:
    06 Mar 2018
    Such a positive influence on so many lives. RIP

  25. Linda Ahart says:
    06 Mar 2018
    To Mike's family...Elaine, Samantha and Tom, Michael and Jodi, and Cassidy, Jake, Matthew and Charlotte,
    My sincerest sympathies for your loss. I have fond memories of our time on Melcher Street as next-door neighbors. May your memories of your husband, father, grandfather, and friend, give you comfort.

  26. Andy VanVoast@ Kelly Day lit a candle:
    05 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 5, 2018 at 3:34:39 PM

  27. Frank/Fran Steenburgh says:
    05 Mar 2018
    Mike was a wonderful person who contributed so much to his community.Fran and I loved him, Elaine and their family. Our condolences to all. God bless all.

  28. Joyce & Steve Yianoukos lit a candle:
    05 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 5, 2018 at 3:23:30 PM

  29. Nikki Fox lit a candle:
    05 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 5, 2018 at 3:56:57 PM

  30. Steve & Lori Hart says:
    05 Mar 2018
    Elaine, Sam, Mike and families; we are so saddened to learn of Mike's passing. We hope your pain and sorrow will be eased by the good memories you have of your time together.

  31. Michele Fox-Ball lit a candle:
    05 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 5, 2018 at 3:12:19 PM

  32. Jill Richardson says:
    05 Mar 2018
    Such a wonderful, warm, and delightful personality. He will be dearly missed. His memory and smile will leave a legacy along with his many contributions and accomplishments.

  33. Lisa Owen lit a candle:
    05 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 5, 2018 at 3:06:24 PM

  34. Kristen Deay Roan lit a candle:
    05 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 5, 2018 at 3:33:41 PM

  35. Jeff & Becky Smith says:
    05 Mar 2018
    We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Mongin. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. I have many fond memories of him and our discussions.

  36. Jack Callery says:
    05 Mar 2018
    My Best Friend, My pal and my Older Brother, my Heart is crushed. I love You

  37. Rick and Julie Barnholt says:
    05 Mar 2018
    So very sorry

  38. Don & Julie Blanchard says:
    05 Mar 2018
    Dear Elaine & Family,
    Our thoughts are with you. Mike was a real special person that will be missed by all.

  39. Tracy Dunlavey Millwr says:
    05 Mar 2018
    Amazing man! He left such a mark on so many of us FFCS graduates. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  40. Bill Bowler says:
    05 Mar 2018
    Mike was a great friend and absolutely the best boss I could have had for 22 years. I will miss him. Deepest sympathy to Elaine,his children and grandchildren.

  41. The Melita Family lit a candle:
    05 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 5, 2018 at 3:46:29 PM

  42. The Melita Family says:
    05 Mar 2018
    Dear Elaine,
    Our hearts are heavy as we share in your sadness.
    Deepest condolences to you and all the Mongins.
    A wonderful man.
    John & Beth Melita
    Hampton, NH

  43. Cindy Dumar says:
    05 Mar 2018
    He was our leader in high school for so many years. He will be missed by many.

  44. Bill&Pat Denman says:
    05 Mar 2018
    We will miss Mike & his smile :( !Very sorry!

  45. Brad Yerdon says:
    05 Mar 2018
    My Sincere Condolences to the Mongin family~

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