January 21, 1938 – October 2, 2019
Michael Isak passed away peacefully in his home, in Charlotte, NC, on October 2, 2019 at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Aster Ghebremedhin; his three children, Filmon, Elsa and Daniel; and his siblings Zehaie, Berket, Mitzlal, Salem, Samson, and Gideon. He is predeceased by his parents Blatta Isak Teferri and Tiberah Haile; and his brothers, Georgio and Estifanos. Michael was born the first of 9 children on January 21st, 1938, in Asmara, Eritrea. He began his education in Eritrea, and would later study abroad in Italy and the United Kingdom. He was very active in international business, travelling much of the world, prior to beginning a long and successful career in airline management. On October 24, 1981, in London, England he married the love of his life, Aster. They lived happily in Uganda before moving to the United States and beginning a family. They ultimately made their home in Charlotte, North Carolina where Michael spent the last thirty years of his life a beloved father and friend. Known for his charm and generosity, Michael will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
- Funeral Service Sunday, October 6, 2019
- Committal Service Sunday, October 6, 2019
October 7, 2019
Sorry I could not be there to pay my respect brother ,but your voice will always ring in my ears and your smile will shine forever.R.I.P. xxmizlal
October 7, 2019
You were the pillar of the whole family and we will always remember you for your generosity and kindness. You had la dolce vita and now you will be received in heaven by our lord Jesus Christ and St Mary.
Nazret Habte Sellasie
October 6, 2019
My most recent memories of being with Uncle Mike are of seeing him in the states 2 years ago and then in London a few years prior to that. I noticed Uncle Mikes fierce insistence on his need for independence whether that be from what he preferred to have for breakfast or to carve out space during his day for privacy (US). Obviously the beautiful family home that he and Asther had nurtured together did not go unnoticed. Their open door policy, inter generational living and love.
In London, I noticed how easily Uncle made people laugh whether intentional or unintentional. People enjoyed being in his company! Uncle’s adventurous and courageous spirit enabled him to achieve so much and sometimes the impossible. Thank you for inspiring me and for encouraging me to be that little bit braver.
October 5, 2019
Sheila and myself send our deepest condolences and prayers to the family of Mike to enable them to go through this difficult time and be strengthened by God almighty, as well as all the good memories of the life of Mike. I first met Mike in 1978 when his wife Aster joined our first year medical school class at Makerere in Uganda. Over the next 8 years I got to know Mike and Aster well and was moved by thier kindness, generosity and we became family. Mike welcomed me to his home multiple times for Sunday lunch and through him and Aster I got to learn about Eritrean history and culture. I will never forget that when we were expecting our first child in 1986, Mike and Aster very generously gave us all we needed for our child - a baby cot, a bassinet, a pram - at a time when we were struggling financially. That kind gesture allowed our newborn to be born into luxury thanks to the generosity of Mike and Aster. Indeed all our 3 children used that baby cot!! I have never forgotten this kind deed and I write this with tears flowing. Thankyou Mike for teaching me generosity and kindness, your life touched mine and my children, we shall miss you physically but the memories are forever.
Alex and Sheila Coutinho