Michael J. Ferris
October 21, 1966 - October 30, 2022
Michael J. Ferris, 56, of Middletown, DE and his daughter, Alexis C. Ferris, 19, together lost their lives in a car accident on October 30, 2022.
Mike was born in Elizabeth, NJ on October 21, 1966 to Michael T. Ferris and Elizabeth A. (Geeza) Ferris. A 1984 graduate of Bethel High School in Bethel, CT. Mike entered the Air Force immediately following High School. After 10 years of honorable service as an airplane mechanic, he earned a medical discharge in 1994. Later he attended Lee University in Columbia, TN and also took business courses in Delaware.
Upon leaving the Air Force, Mike worked in insurance then for a season at MBNA. His entrepreneurial nature eventually led him to real estate. Mike started several companies including Ferris Properties, Local Pro-Funding LLC, Farnsworth Investment Group LLC, and Lex Management LLC. In 2009, Mike founded the Delaware Real Estate Investors Association (DelREIA.) As the Founder of DelREIA, he was featured in an April 2019 edition of Delaware Today magazine for his work in the Delaware home renovation market.
Over the years, Mike’s hobbies and community service have included prison ministry, skydiving, and fitness including CrossFit. His most recent excitement has been jet skiing. He enjoyed his dogs, Benjamin, Juniper & Sandy. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his daughters, Alexis and Ella, and his partner in life, Megan Donahue.
At the time of passing Mike made his home in Middletown, DE. He is predeceased by his Aunt Michaelene Ambrozy, and his grandparents, Carmen and Sophie Ferris, and Michael and Anne Geeza.
Mike is survived by his precious daughter, Ella Grace Ferris; his parents, Michael T. and Elizabeth A. Ferris of Millville, DE; his siblings, Cori and Robert Treanor of Robbinsville, NJ, Andra and Scott Ingalls of Ledyard, CT, Christin and Bill Thompsen of Allentown, NJ, and Eric and D’Ann Ferris of Elburn, IL; aunt and uncle Gail and Robert French of Littleton, CO; and his uncle, Stephen Ambrozy. His family will miss Mike’s understated teasing, his adventurous nature, and his intentional generosity.
His tribe of surviving nieces, nephews, and cousins are; Nicole and Sam Manganaro with Analise & Colin, John French, Luke and Jessica French with Nolan, Joshua and Annie Ingalls, Nathan and Achley Ingalls with Joshua, Samantha Ingalls, Michael Ferris, Ryan Treanor, Abigail Ingalls, Courtney Ferris, William Thompsen, Sophia Thompsen, Matthew Thompsen, Erin Ferris, and Katie Ferris. More than just a ‘fun uncle’, Uncle Mikey built an individual connection with each of them.
He is also survived by his wonderful partner in life, Megan Donahue and her mother, Carol Donahue of Townsend, DE, Christopher, Sr. & Nicole Donahue (children C.J. and Natalie) of Middletown, DE, and Thomas Donahue of Newark, DE. Mike loved Megan. Megan will forever miss her soul mate, the time they spent with Alexis, Ella and their dogs Benny and Junie.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 pm on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 12 pm. Interment will be held privately in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.
For those wishing to attend virtually, a livestream link is available by clicking here.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Wilmington Chapter, 1920 Hutton Street, Wilmington, DE 19802 or by clicking here.