Michael J. Fager

January 30, 1948 - March 28, 2024

Michael J. Fager of Williamsburg, VA died at home on March 28, 2024. Mary Beth, his wife of 54 years, was by his side. This ended his 3 year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

He treasured his growing up in the small rural town of Waterford, CA.  He had many stories he enjoyed telling of mischief and fun with his four siblings. The first time he sang a solo was in the Waterford Church of the Brethren he was five years old. Michael attended Oakdale High School, Modesto Jr. College, San Jose State University, and UC Berkeley. He received a master’s degree in music from San Jose State. Michael loved singing. He appeared in many operas, operettas, and musical comedies. Music was his passion. For many years he was a business banker. He ended his career as a government relations officer for Genworth Financial. After living 55 years in California he, along with 65 other Genworth employees relocated to Richmond, VA. It was a joyous move. He and Mary Beth were able to see the eastern states like they had never imagined. Michael was a history buff so there have been many wonderful trips. Ten years ago, he retired and moved to Williamsburg. He served as a regular soloist at Williamsburg First Church of Christ Scientist, and he often sang solos at his own church, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. He also volunteered weekly for Senior Connections in Richmond where he helped people with Medicare issues.

Michael was predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Dorthy Fager; his oldest brother, Bill; his sister, Susan Fager Johnson. He is survived by his bothers Ed (wife Helen) and Jerry Fager (wife Dorthy). He has four nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1333 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg, Va.

Mary Beth and family would like to thank the many people who have reached out with warmth and care at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Opera in Williamsburg, https://www.tmcfunding.com/funds/michael-fager/9824/.

Memorial Service

Saturday, April 13, 2024
10:00 AM

St. Martin's Episcopal Church - Directions
1333 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • April 12, 2024
    Richard & Marlyne Carr says:
    We first met Mike and Mary Beth in 2013 at the Colonies of Williamsburg where we were staying and waiting for our new homes to be built in Colonial Heritage. They, along with Doreen and Joe Conoscenti who were also staying at the Colonies, graciously invited us to get together to meet and exchange happy and not so happy views on the building progress of our new homes. During our get togethers and on other occasions we were pleasantly presented with Mike singing songs in a rich, beautiful, baritone voice which we tremendously enjoyed. His song and music greatly enhanced our time together at the Colonies and helped to solidify our friendship as soon to be Colonial Heritage residents. During the next ten years of living at Colonial Heritage we got to know Mike as a true and faithful friend, a close neighbor and one who will be very sorely missed. Mary Beth, and all of Mike’s loved ones our hearts go out to you. Dick & Marlyne Carr