Ken M. Fontal

February 5, 1995 - February 6, 2019

Ken M. Fontal, age 24, of Newark, DE, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Born in Newark, NJ on February 5, 1995, he was the son of Joseph B. and Marlene F. Jean-Pierre. Ken graduated from Newark High School in 2012 and Wilmington University in 2017 and was a standout track and cross-country star with both. After graduation from Wilm U, he worked as a financial analyst for J.P. Morgan for three years.

Ken was a true people person, role model to so many and always willing to help others. He was friendly, respectful and lovable. Ken enjoyed traveling to Europe, listening to podcasts and reading. He loved to cook, especially his Mom’s rice and beans.

Ken is survived by his parents, Joseph B. and Marlene F. Jean-Pierre; and sister, Jennifer Fontal.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Holy Angels R.C. Church, 82 Possum Park Rd, Newark, DE. Interment will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery, 3300 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE.


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17 Condolences for Ken M. Fontal

  • My most deepest and sincere condolences. May you sleep in peace.

  • I was the Delaware Express bus driver for WU Cross Country Team for 10 years. Ken was a passenger on my bus during his time at Wilmington University. I remember our outings to places like Salisbury, MD, Princeton, NJ, Nassua and Concord, NH. I fondly remember the relationships built with students during they tenure at WU. But I especially remember Ken. Such a nice young man; such a model for his generation. I cannot imagine the heartache that you are experiencing. I’m experiencing just a fraction of your grief as I write this message. May God bless you as he receives your son/brother into his kingdom.

  • We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Ken. Our son, Matthew Hersh, was on the Cross Country team with Ken at Newark High school and that’s where we got to know Ken. He was a very special and caring young man and always took the time to stop and talk with us. Every time my husband talked with Ken, he always came away saying “he’s such a good kid.” Even after the boys graduated from high school, my husband would run into Ken either out on a trail or when he was working at the Running Company on Main Street. He provided many helpful tips for my husband as he was training for a Marathon.

    Ken always stood out as an exceptional person with a friendly personality and a kind heart. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends. We are all the better for having known him and the world lost a beautiful soul.

  • It was such a pleasure spending the evening with Ken the day before, celebrating with friends for his birthday. My deepest condolences go out to all associated with Ken. Unfortunately, we had to let an amazing human being go to be with God way earlier than we would have all liked. Ken, you will forever be missed my dear friend.

  • Rip sorry for your loss died way to young

  • My prayers are with you as you wake each day. The pain is unexplainable. My children Brandon and Whitney Holveck both ran with Ken at Newark High school and as everyone remained close friends with him. Ken was a shining light on that jacket team. He raised the team and my children to new standards both on and off the track. Ken was the most genuine child I have ever met. He would always take the time to say hi and thank us for coming to the meets and cheering on the team. He would shake my husband’s hand. We would always joke and say “Ken Fontal will run for Congress someday”. Ken Fontal the man the legend. You raised a great man and myself and my children are better people for knowing him. Thank you

  • Hearing about Ken’s passing hurt my heart. Even though we had only met a few times, you left a significant impression on me. It’s very rare in life to meet such kind, genuine, and brilliant people. You were so loved, and will be missed dearly. My thought’s and prayer’s to your family. May he rest in perfect paradise.

  • No words that I can offer will comfort you, his family, at such a sad time. Ken was a beautiful person and friend. He had a special light in his eyes and happiness in his heart. Peace and comfort to you all. My deepest sympathy, Carol

  • My condolences to you and your family..

  • Prayers for his mom & family. May God Hold Him in The Palm of His Hand Until You Meet Again.

  • Most sincere condolence to the family. May God grant the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

  • Joe, Marlene, and Jen,
    We are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Kenny was such a wonderful, thoughtful person. If he saw us carrying something heavy, he would offer his assistance. If we were shoveling snow, he would grab a shovel and help. We are very fortunate to have had him in our lives the past 15 years. He will truly be missed. With sympathy, Larry, Toni, Ryan, Kevan, and Katelyn

  • In my years of knowing Ken, he was always a great person. The perfect role model. He always treated everyone with respect. Ken always had a smile on his face that could brighten a room. A great teammate and fellow captain. Ken kept teammates motivated for their races. I remember he would always dap me up and say “alright you got this Jordan” before my race, even if he was preparing for one of his own. A dedicated and hard working young man. Ken never complained and always put 100% in what ever he did. He will be truly missed.

  • Ken was an amazing young man a prime example for his peers. We had the pleasure of meeting Ken when he was in high school. My son ran track/cross country for Hodgson and Goldey Beacom, Ken was more than a competitor he was a motivator with great sportsmanship. He always had a smile on his face and greeted me with a hug. At every met we cheered for Ken like he was our own.

    We mourn with you, but It’s comforting to know that Ken is with God and the running angels.
    Praying for your Peace and Comfort

  • J.P. my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I can’t begin to fathom the pain and agony you and your family are experiencing at this time. There are no words for me to say when you have loss someone so precious as your child. I’m truly sorry; may God be with you in your time of grief.


  • Jennifer, I’m so sorry for your lost. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Keeping you in my prayers sending my love to you all .Lisa Williams ❤️

  • My sincere condolences to the family for such a tragic lost. I am at a lost for words, but I want you to know I am here for you if you need to talk & you will be in my prayers. May in time God gives you peace, healing & joy again. Love Joujou