Michael L. Fantina, born March 1, 1946, in Garrett, Indiana. Died on June 7, 2018 after a brief illness at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Mike lived most of his life in Bernardsville where he was a standout athlete at St. Elizabeth’s and Bernard’s High. He attended Bellarmine College in Kentucky and Rutgers University, where he received his BA. He was a Vietnam era veteran, serving at Fort Meade, MD. He worked in academia for most of his career, for a time at Florida International University and Seton Hall University and then at Rutgers, Labor Studies program. In retirement, he worked as the Lead Security Guard at G4S. Mike was known for his gentle nature and prolific writing. Through the years, he has had hundreds of poems and stories published, recently his book Alchemy of Dreams and Other Poems was published and next spring a book of his short stories will be released. An expert on the Civil War and World War II he was an active member of the American Legion. He was parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual, and a strong support of many causes, Priests for Life, The Universal Living Rosary Association and other Catholic institutions. Mike had many hobbies and interests, anyone that knew him or was even a passing acquaintance probably received a wristwatch from him. He was an avid collector. Michael will be missed by his brothers, sisters, nephews:
Mary Fantina (Bernardsville), Robert, Edwina, Travis, Vivian Fantina (Canada), Joann Fantina (Bernardsville), David, Jeanne, Andrew and John Paul Fantina (Bernardsville) and Steven Fantina (Phillipsburg), and his cousins, aunts and many friends.