Mr. Michael Fugmann, of Elon, North Carolina, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully on November 17, 2019 at the age of 83.
Michael was born to parents Johann “Charlie” and Ninna Fugmann in Brooklyn, New York, on May 17, 1936. He grew up the oldest of three, surviving his sisters Christina and Barbara. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Bette Ann, devoted daughter Lorraine Harris (Paul) of Burlington, nephew Casey Golsong of Roanoke, TX, niece Christine Golsong of Woodhaven, NY, grandchildren Everett, Austin, Joshua (Hannah), Ellie, and Anelise, grand-nephew Connor, and grand-dog Hank.
Mr. Fugmann graduated from Franklin K Lane High School in 1954, followed by Queens College in New York City. He shares a degree from University of Wisconsin, as well, in the field of transportation and engineering. He worked in the transportation industry for several years, then joined Western Electric (later AT&T then Lucent) for 30 years, which brought him to Elon in 1975.
Michael married Bette Ann Meek, also from New York, in 1957. After welcoming his daughter Lorraine on August 3, 1966, he has been encouraged and enlightened by her commitment to work and life around him and his inclusion in her journey. His family and friends remember him as a kindhearted and hard-working man who encouraged them to live an honest and purposeful life.
Mr. Fugmann was a dedicated member of the masons. He is a 32nd degree Mason for 59 years. He was Past Master of Aurora Grata-Day Star Lodge of New York, and more recently of the Tabasco Lodge No.271 of Gibsonville. He also is a member of the Scottish Rite, Bodies in the Valley of Greensboro. Michael was always an active member of the Burlington and Wake County Shrine Clubs, and was a part of the Amran Temple, Past Royal Patron of Camelot Court #15 (Amaranth), Amran Fire Brigade, and Amran Shrine Clown Unit, as well as the Order of the Q.
Since retirement, Michael continued to exemplify his hard work ethic by working the last 15 years with Home Depot, as well as keeping a pristine landscaped yard. He was most proud of his daughter’s teaching accomplishments and his grandchildrens’ education quests. He was equaled in passion and commitment to family and enjoyment of life by his life-long partner, Bette.
A Masonic Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday, November 24th, at 2:00, at Alamance Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, with a reception to follow at the Burlington Shrine Club. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Michael’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations for the Shriners Hospitals for Children (South Carolina) to the Amran Shrine Center of Raleigh, an active charity of Michael’s life, at 11101 Creedmore Road, Raleigh, NC, 27614. The family would like to welcome and express appreciation to all those who were blessed by Michael’s life.
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