George W. Fonseca

February 17, 1940 ‒ May 18, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: George Fonseca was born with wings. From an early age his interest in flight became his passion: a mile of highway would take him just one mile, but a mile of runway could take him anywhere. He filled his world with aviation books and art, airplane models and one very special pilot: Pamela Lynn Ihrig Fonseca.

George and his beloved wife Pam passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. He was 75.

Born February 17, 1940 in Santa Catarina, Brazil to Washington and Judith (Moreira) Fonseca, George came to this country and was graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

He began his career as an electrical engineer with Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, PA and later moving to Siemens-Allis before becoming an entrepreneur in 1988 operating a franchise location of Snelling employment services in Mansfield. In 2006 he opened Staffing Partners, an employment services firm with three locations in North Central Ohio.

A member of the Civil Air Patrol, he met another member, Pam Ihrig, with whom he could share his passion for flying. Together they were members of Experimental Aircraft Association, Commemorative Air Force, and American Staffing Association. He was also a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Ashland Lake Gun Club and the NRA.

George will be remembered for his devotion to his family and his generosity to people in need and to the community in general.

He is survived by his children Michael & Martha Fonseca of Mechanicsville, VA and Susan & Michael Kelly of Woodstock, MD; grandsons Jason and Eric Kelly, and Ryan Mitchell; brothers Luis and Sylvio Fonseca, both in Brazil; and a large circle of friends in the aviation community.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life for Pam and George on Saturday, July 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Greentree Volunteer Fire Dept., 825 Poplar Avenue. In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to Saltville, Virginia Rescue Squad; Civil Air Patrol Virginia Wing; or Altrusa International of Mansfield.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Fonseca family. To send them a message of sympathy and support, or watch a tribute video to George and Pam, visit:

  • Known for his generosity and concerned with other people’s well being, people like my uncle is becoming rare in this world. He made a difference while he was with us. He was humble and intelligent as his father was. We’ll miss you. It was always great talking with him. RIP uncle George Fonseca

  • Mike, Martha and Ryan
    We are so sad to hear about the loss of your father and step mother. You are in our prayers for comfort. May the love around you and the memorues of them sustain you through this time of grief.

  • Meus sentimentos o tio George e a Pam vão fazer muita falta, eles eram especiais. Beijos Bel

  • This is so hard to believe, we are just heart sick over the loss of our friend George, going to take a long time to get our heads around this, we will feel him at every aviation event we attend,

    Happy Landings George, you were one of the best people we knew

    Our deepest sympathy for the family

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.

  • Our sincere sympathies go out to the families of George and Pam. I thought the world of both of them. They were the best people and always so concerned about everyone else. I met them when they first came to Mansfield area, I showed them houses (always with land for their horses). I found them a temporary apartment until they could get established here. I was lucky enough to find them the home they currently live in, we talked several times a year since then, We became good friends. I will miss them terribly. They were a fun and very adventurous couple, they loved it here and loved it in Florida. So sad but yet wonderful that they were together doing the thing they loved the most. We will miss them.

  • We are sorry for your loss. We have worked on George’s airplanes for many years.

  • Mike, Martha, and Ryan,
    Mike, Susan, Jason, and Eric

    I am very sorry for the tragic loss of your father, George and his wife and partner in life and play, Pam. I’m sure words cannot express the sadness you must all be feeling at this time. My thoughts go out to all of you during this difficult time.


  • We still cannot believe that we will no longer see Pam & George at Barnes & Noble. We loved seeing them and talking to them, Pam reading books and George looking at airplane magazines, and many times it was so sweet to see them holding hands while reading. They did so much for our community, especially at the Airport Days. They made a dream come true taking Dave for a ride in their T6 at the Airport Days on July 4th. We will never forget that! It will not be the same without them. They were very generous people. Always giving!
    We are praying for God to comfort each of you. We cannot imagine how hard this is for all of you. May you find comfort in knowing how much they were loved and appreciated by the people in Mansfield.
    With much sympathy,
    Dave & Dianne McIntire

  • Michael and Susan,

    We are so sorry for the loss of our dearest cousin George and his wife Pamela. I’ll always remember him and the happy days we spent in our grandparents home in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.
    May God bless their souls and comfort you and your families.

    Fernanda, Carlos e filhos.

  • To the family im so sorry for your loss. They have touched so many people’s lives! I work at Barnes and Noble. I remember when I first started there I was so scared of Pam, and then there was George he was like a big teddy bear. The longer I worked there the more I got to know Pam and George. For the last 8 years they have touched my life in so many ways. As the family you must know what treasures you had in both of them but please know that everyone they came in contact with loved them. My sister Katie actually went to work for Pam And George and this memory will always make my heart smile. After my sister had her first baby her and her husband Pam and George all met at Barnes so they could meet Kinley for the first time. Myself and my husband stopped in to say hello and Pam was having so much fun with kinley I couldn’t even hold my own niece! Kinley had ever piece of jewlery Pam had on in her mouth and Pam just loved it. The Barnes and Noble community will
    Never be the same! Our love and sympathy to close friends and family! They will never be forgotten!

  • So very sorry to learn of the loss of Pam & George. We knew them well from our days at Snelling. George an avid pilot we shared many trips together and separately including a very memorable trip in their Skymaster to the Cayman Islands with a overflight of Cuba authorized by the Cayman Island Caravan organization. We also met them on fly ins in such places as Kelly, Island, Put-n-bay, and the EAA at Oshkosh. Clear skies to you both. You will be missed.
    Doug & Anita