OBITUARY: Mike Giobbe

March 13, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

Michael E. Giobbe, Jr. (a.k.a Papa), 79, of Boca Grande and Chappaqua, N.Y. died peacefully in his home in Boca Grande on March 6, 2021.  

Michael was born on April 13, 1941 the youngest of three children, to Marguerite Visconti and Dr. Michael E Giobbe of Torrington, Conn. He arrived on an Easter Sunday in a snowstorm, delivered at home by his father. 

He is survived by his brother Edward Giobbe; sister Carol Margarone; his daughter Kirsten Giobbe Carillo; his son Andrew Michael Giobbe; daughter-in-law Andrea Bitter Giobbe; his grandchildren Emma Carillo, Hayden Carillo, Olivia Carillo, Andrew Michael Giobbe Jr, Alexander Giobbe, Addison Giobbe; his companion, Laine Jenkins; and his beloved dog, Kip.

Michael graduated from the Taft School in 1959. He went on to attend Georgetown University graduating with an AB in Economics in 1963. Michael received an MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business in 1969, where he also served as a graduate assistant.

Mike was very proud of his military service in the United States Army. He graduated from Infantry OCS in 1964, at Ft. Benning GA where he rose to First Lieutenant. While in the army, he was brought to Washington D.C. where he was in charge of procuring oil for the US Army.  Mike made lifelong friends in the military. He was the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a number of Letters of Commendation. His favorite poem was “In Flanders Field” that honors those who served.

Michael spent his career in the investment business. He loved his work and was an active investor to the very end. He started as a Securities analyst at Lehman Brothers in 1969. He was the Vice President and Director of Research at Mosely, Hallgarten and Estabrook. But he spent the bulk of his career from 1975 on at Cyrus J. Lawrence, where he last served as the Co Chief Operating Officer.  Mike remained on as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Securities after the acquisition. Mike traveled the world opening up many offices primarily in Asia, Europe and Australia. He loved hearing different perspectives and “out-of-the-box” ideas. He made lifelong friends in the investment world, who were leading economists and experts in the field.  Many of them would contact him weekly and sometimes daily to chat about the market. Mike was a man of ideas and loved a good debate.  He was a researcher and analyst to his very core. Michael was a natural born leader and a truly Renaissance man.

Michael moved to Chappaqua, N.Y. in 1969 where he raised his two children. While he had a very full professional career, he never missed a game nor a dance recital. Mike loved coaching soccer and spent hours towing around water skiers on the back of his boat on Highland Lake. He was a father figure and mentor to many. Mike loved to entertain, especially hosting his legendary annual Christmas party in Chappaqua. He was so many things to so many different people. Mike was extraordinarily proud to help found San Miguel Academy of Newburgh NY, which helps to educate children of diverse backgrounds. He strongly believed in the power of education and helped to establish educational funds for children who lost parents in both his NY and FL communities.  

Mike revered his Boca Grande community, of which he’s been a part of since 1995. His favorite activity was to drive the golf cart or ride his bike into town with his golden retrievers that he adored. He loved to eat at the Pass Club and frequented the gym. Mike was part of the BG Economics group. He served on the boards of the Men’s Club, BIPS and Historical Society. Mike made some of his closest friendships in these organizations.

But what meant the most to Mike was family first (including his Boca Bowsers) and friends. He was the most devoted, loyal, generous father, grandfather and friend. Mike was a larger than life character.

Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Friday, March 19th at 11a.m. A reception from noon to 3 p.m. at the Boca Bay Power House will follow.

You may live stream the funeral Mass on Facebook. Please search on Facebook for  “Our Lady of Mercy in Boca Grande.”

To honor the life of Michael E. Giobbe, Jr., in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to San Miguel Academy (245 Renwick St., Newburgh, NY 12550) or the Boca Grande Women’s Club scholarship fund.

Please visit Michael’s Memorial website to leave memories, photos, and for additional information.