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Michael Bennett Amowitz

March 31, 2022

Michael Bennett Amowitz, 67, passed away on March 31 surrounded by his beloved siblings.

Born on December 29, 1954 by the late Dr. J. David and Georgette Amowitz, Mike was a very proud class of 1972 graduate of E.C. Glass High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Richmond where he was a life long Spiders fan. He retired from a career with the Department of Defense – Intelligence. He was a devoted and loyal friend to many including his GateCon, DragonCon, Canadian Country Music Artists, and his countless “Facebookian” friends. Seldom would he be seen without a camera and his many journaling papers. He lived life to the fullest and was constantly traveling to attend concerts at home and abroad.

He is survived by his brother, Steven (and wife, Michele) Amowitz of West Palm Beach, FL; sister, Susan (and husband, Neil) Schlossberg of Sarasota, FL; step-sister, Carole Paul (Gorchoff) of New York City; his niece Zoe Amowitz of Charles County, MD; and his nephews C. David Schlossberg (and fiancée, Amanda Schachtel) of Cary, NC; Daniel Schlossberg of Sarasota, FL; and Ari and wife, Arianna Amowitz of Round Rock, TX. He is also survived by life long friends, Troy Jones of Orlando, FL; Dan Levine of New York; Dudley Marks, Jeff Somers, and Lila Rosenthal, all of Lynchburg.

A true kind spirit who would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need, Mike will be laid to rest on Wednesday, April 6 at 1pm at Agudath Sholom Synagogue with Rabbi Kathy Cohen officiating. Internment will follow at Beth Joseph Cemetery in Madison Heights. Please consider a donation in Michael’s name to Agudath Sholom (2055 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg VA 24501) or The National Kidney Foundation ( 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 ).

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

Mike will be laid to rest on Wednesday, April 6 at 1pm at Agudath Sholom Synagogue with Rabbi Kathy Cohen officiating. Internment will follow at Beth Joseph Cemetery in Madison Heights.

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I am so sorry to hear about Michael’s (or as I called him Mikey) passing. I met him maybe 30 years ago while we both were employed by different Intelligence agencies. Mikey and I kept in touch after I retired. He visited me several times in Charlottesville. Mikey was always so positive, happy and outgoing. I called him an Energizer Bunny, always on the go. I’ll miss him and our visits.

Posted by Karen Binney on April 7, 2022

I was saddened to hear the news of Michael’s death. I have fond memories of him from E.C. Glass. A kind and talented man with a cheerful smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Ed Burnette

Posted by Ed Burnette on April 7, 2022

I was saddened to hear the news of Michael’s death. I have fond memories of him from E.C. Glass. A kind and talented man with a cheerful smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Ed Burnette

Posted by Ed Burnette on April 7, 2022

Susan and Steve: I also didn’t get to know Mike as well as I might have liked because he was two years ahead of me in high school. With the “split” schools, Dunbar/Glass back in the early 70s, the only time we attended a school together was one year at Linkhorne Middle - but he was an extraordinarily talented legend. My heart goes out to both of you as you lose your big brother ‘s presence with you. But ,his indomitable spirit will always be with you both. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Margaret Nelson Phillips on April 6, 2022

Mike, you were two years ahead of me at Glass, and with the Dunbar/Glass split we didn't really go to the "same school". But everyone knew you, you knew everyone, and were a friend to all.

Posted by Debbie Bliss on April 5, 2022

Saddened to hear the news on Mike. He was the most unique individual I have ever known. He was in 17 different clubs and organizations in high school and if you saw him at a ballgame or concert spoke and knew everyone there. Usually when he left an event he was headed to another one. Mike went at one speed and that was fast forward. He sure made me a more active person. I will miss him. Hi to Steve and Susan and the rest.

Posted by Stuart Porter on April 5, 2022

Farewell, my friend. We have lost a rare voice of reason and caring. My sincere condolences to a family that will miss you terribly, and Godspeed.

Posted by Frank Chesson on April 4, 2022

I met this wonderful spirit at Gatecon and I feel like my life was better for it! He regaled everyone with tales and I was so happy to have him as a Facebook friend! He would come up with some sort of knowledge for everything! He will be sadly missed! And I will think of him while at Gatecon later this year! Much love to all the family at this challenging time xxx

Posted by Honor on April 4, 2022

He was a kind and gentle man. I met him at Gatecon and was one of his 'facebookians'. Living in Belgium and being diabetic , I was happy to contribute to his 'gofundme' page for his medical bills... he was so generous to let me into his life and send regular updates. I was hoping to meet again at this year's Gatecon and talk in person instead of with messages... he will be missed endlessly. May his soul find his loved ones and rest in peace !

Posted by Marleen Lemoine on April 4, 2022

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