Michael T. Ellsessar, 16, died Monday Nov. 15, 2010 at Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, after being stricken while playing high school football at Quaboag High School in Warren. Mike was born and raised in Sutton, MA. He was in the sophomore class at Sutton Memorial High School, where he was an honor student, a member in the high school band, a varsity member of the Sutton Track & Field Team (Javelin & Relay). He also was a varsity & Jr. varsity football player for the Oxford High School "Pirates" (#99) and a varsity member of the Northbridge Rams - High School Ice Hockey Team (#20). Mike loved all sports and loved being a teammate. In his early years he played Ice Hockey for the MidState Youth Hockey Program (Ice Cats/ Sharks) in Auburn, MA. He was involved in his church where he was confirmed last year as well as a member of the youth group. He loved participating in the "City Reach" program for the homeless in Boston. To all of Mike's numerous friends, classmates, teammates, buddies, coaches, parents, Pastors, mentors, girlfriend (Carly), and best friend (Alex), Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Brothers and Sisters, Moms & Dads - know that Michael is with you always. You have all touched his life and he has touched yours. He loved life and lived it to the fullest in his short 16 years and we are all better because of it. Michael leaves a large loving family that includes, his parents, John M. and Luann F. (Kendall) Ellsessar of Sutton; his brothers, Patrick and Timothy; his grandparents, Dale and Frances Kendall of Orrville, OH. Predeceased by his "Grams" Barbara M. (Sullivan) Ellsessar. He leaves his uncle James Ellsessar of Rutland, MA, his Aunts & Uncles Rhonda & Tim McGuire of Orrville, OH, Rick & Gina Kendall of Sterling, OH, Nicki & Jeff Drown of Wooster, OH, Mike & Marsha Kendall of Wooster, OH, numerous Cousins. He also leaves his extended next door neighbor family of Dean & Sue Messier & their three daughters (Allison, Emily & Erin).
student athlete Michael T. Ellsessar
John Ellsessar is a father who tragically lost 2 sons to heart related emergencies called “commotio cordis” a medical term to describe sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) from a blow to the chest. In both instances there was no Automated External Defibrillator (AED). John has teamed up with Scholastic Sports Zone Foundation to provide all school athletic programs in Massachusetts with access to the best health & safety equipment available through education programs & partnerships. Please watch.