Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

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Michael S. Foster

January 26, 1948October 2, 2019

Michael S. Foster was born on January 26, 1948 and passed away on October 2, 2019.


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Michael S. Foster

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Taigh Ramey

October 10, 2019

Mike and I in San Diego flying the B-25. It was great to fly with you Mike!

John Fleming

October 9, 2019

Mike will be laid to rest in Orange Park, FL. These are the details:

Michael Sean Foster
January 26, 1948 – October 2, 2019
Michael Sean Foster, 71, call sign “Pod,” was cleared for takeoff for the last time Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.

Mike was a pilot and flight instructor for over fifty years. As a teenager he bartered for flying lessons at an airport in suburban Chicago and became the youngest person, at the time, to earn a pilot’s license in Illinois. He began his career as a Naval Aviator attack pilot and retired as a Captain in 1993. He continued flying as a commercial airline pilot with Air Florida, People Express, Northwest, and Delta Airlines, flew recreationally as a FAST-qualified formation pilot, and piloted vintage aircraft, including the B-17 bomber, with the Collings Foundation until his death. He was a member of the Redstar Pilots Association and the Bald Eagle Squadron of the Association of Naval Aviators. Mike was a loving father and husband with a passion for life and aviation. He was loved by family and friends and respected by many.

He leaves behind his wife, Tammy, son, Liam, and his wife, Emily, daughter, Erin, and her husband Steve, and grandchildren, Matthew and Lily. He is predeceased by his sister, Mary, and survived by his sisters, Anne, Susan, Sheila, Elizabeth, and Ellen, and his brother, Dennis.

Informal visitation will take place Friday, October 11, 2019 from 5pm-7pm at Hardage-Giddens Rivermead, 127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32073 followed by an Irish wake at Azaleana Manor, 12 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073 from 7pm-10pm. A Graveside service with Military Honors will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2pm at Jacksonville Memory Gardens, 111 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32073.

The family asks that donations be made to the Collings Foundation in lieu of flowers.

May he forever fly in blue skies and tailwinds.

BJ Kennamore

October 8, 2019

Salute my friend, may you rest in peace BJ

Ray Waddell

October 8, 2019


You are sorely missed. Godspeed, squadron mate!

For Mike's family: may you find solace in Mike's continuing example.

Tailwinds, Brother. Check six and fly the ball.

Very Respectfully,

Ray Waddell
Captain, USN, Ret.

John Cassin

October 6, 2019

I was in 7th and 8th grade with Michael at Sacred Heart parish.
He was a good friend thru High School.
We did many jobs together before we were 18.
I have many great memories of Mike.
Please inform me of funerial plans.
I currently live in Chicago and Florida.
John Cassin