John Donald Michel, age 62, of Cranbury, NJ, died peacefully on July 3, 2020 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania surrounded by his family. John is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Susan McGlory Michel; four children, Jay, Kevin (Meredith), Carol Ann Fernandez (Rafael), and Rob (Kara); and five adored grandchildren, John, Annabelle, Katharine, Juliet, and Anne. His family greatly mourns his passing but is thankful for the example he set throughout his life as a loving husband and father. John is also survived by his mother, Sandra Michel; three siblings, David, Tim (Brenda), and Kristin Rodriguez (Isaac); and a wealth of extended family, including John and Kathy McGlory, Kevin and Rosemarie McGlory, Steve and Kathleen Karkos, Catherine Mulvihill, and 17 nieces and nephews.
John was born March 2, 1958 in Niagara Falls, NY to the late Philip Raymond Michel and Sandra Michel. After attending Sanford School in Delaware, he was accepted to the United States Military Academy (class of 1980), where he met Susan at a West Point dance his Plebe (freshman) year. Shortly after graduating from the Military Academy, John and Susan were married, and he was commissioned as an officer in the Armored Tank Division of the Army, ultimately rising to the rank of Captain. After the military, he attended Carnegie Mellon University for his MBA and then began working at Merrill Lynch as one of the company’s youngest executives. John was a serial entrepreneur and excellent businessman, and he went on to build two successful financial technology firms: Bullrun Financial Inc. and CircleBlack Inc.
John had a strong faith and was active in many church and community activities. He served on the finance committee of St. Paul Parish in Princeton, participated as an active member of Legatus, an organization of Catholic business leaders, and sat on the Board of Governors of the West Point Society of New Jersey.
Above all else, John’s greatest enjoyment in life came from the time he spent with his family. Whether he was providing mentorship, having deep philosophical conversations with his four children, or playing games with his five young grandchildren at the beach as “Pop-Pop”, John always found ways to use his own curiosity, knowledge, and love to bring happiness to those around him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Msgr. Walter Nolan at 10:00 am on Friday, July 10, 2020, at St. Paul Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home
Friends and Family can leave condolences at www.matherhodge.com and there will be a live stream of the funeral available on the parish website. For those interested please go to www.stpaulsofprinceton.org and click the streaming video on the parish website homepage
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in John’s honor to either St Paul Church of Princeton or Mt. Carmel Guild of Trenton.