Memorial

Memorial

Mitchell Fleitman

Mitchell Fleitman

Born
Died

The things I miss most about my son Mitch is how kind and considerate he was towards me. He was very sensitive, just like me, and therefor we really understood each other. I miss our conversations about hockey, baseball, and everything inbetween. I miss his voice, his smile, and above all I miss those gorgeous eyes that I will never get to see again. I truly miss everything about him, there will never be another "Mitchy" in my life.

Tell us about your loved one.

Mitch is our first-born son. He was our beautiful, curly-haired, hazel-green-eyed baby boy. He had a heart of gold and was super kind, sensitive and sweet. He was and always be my little buddy, he was always so close to me. He had three younger brothers whom he loved very much. He was very protective of his brothers but later as his drug use took over, he felt that he let them down. Mitch had a very low self-esteem and suffered with social anxiety, depression, and was diagnosed with bipolar less than a year before we lost him.

Tell us about Mitchell's struggle with addiction

Mitch became addicted to prescriptions meds while in high school and then it eventually led to heroin use. He was always secretive about his addiction and was able to hide and fool us for a very long time. He could never admit that he had a problem, even when confronted. He suffered with mental illness and a low self-esteem. There is no doubt that his drug use helped calm his inner demons and pain. During the last year of his life he was incarcerated. He shared with me that he didn't want to be the way he was, or do the things that he had done to land him in the jail to begin with. He said he knew the things that he done were wrong, but could not help himself, could not stop himself, and he did not know why he was this way. This broke my heart to hear his words. He was greatly suffering from within.

What made Mitchell smile?

Playing or watching hockey is what brought Mitch so much joy. Also, he loved the Anaheim Ducks and the Anaheim Angels.

What do you miss most about Mitchell?

The things I miss most about my son Mitch is how kind and considerate he was towards me. He was very sensitive, just like me, and therefor we really understood each other. I miss our conversations about hockey, baseball, and everything inbetween. I miss his voice, his smile, and above all I miss those gorgeous eyes that I will never get to see again. I truly miss everything about him, there will never be another "Mitchy" in my life.

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