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Evhenij "Gene" Golbiw

June 9, 1947 May 23, 2020
Evhenij "Gene" Golbiw
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Obituary for Evhenij "Gene" Golbiw

Evhenij (Gene) Golbiw, 72, joined the God who loves us all on the morning of May 23, 2020, in Brighton, MI. He was born in Tirschenreuth, Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1951 with his parents and older sister, Kathy. They lived in Delaware, and he was a proud graduate of the University of Delaware.

From 1970-1978 he served in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of 'captain.' Over the years he worked as an engineer at Motor Wheel, Bosch, Cummings, and Ford Motor Company. He retired from Ford in December 2018, and relished that he could spend more time with his family. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, and former Grand Knight, he made a difference in his St. Mary Magdalen faith community, and the larger community which they served.

More than anything, he loved his family, friends, dog (Gypsy), and food. He was an excellent cook, enjoyed reading/listening to audiobooks, and engaged in a wide variety of music. At 70 he went skydiving!!! He spent the last week of his life surrounded by many who loved him, and whom he loved.

His parents, Hrigorij Golbiw and Sofia Homa Golbiw preceeded him in death. Gene is survived by his wife, Kathleen Sullivan; children Erik (Susie), Kristofer, Katerina, Marisa, Mikaela, and Kateri; grandchildren Casey, Georgia, Sullivan, Pearl, and Charlotte; sisters Katarina Clark (Dave) and Helga Mary (Marie) Golbiw Herrman (William) and their respective children; his brothers-in-law Maurice Sullivan (Mary Clemence) and Paul Sullivan.

Gene was a kind and loving man. He will be missed dearly.
"If I leave you, it doesn't mean I love you any less. Keep me in your heart for a while." -Warren Zevon

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Diabetes Association's Camp MIDICHA. As a type 1 diabetic, he recognized the importance of a camp for kids with diabetes, as a means of support, and for a week of having fun with those who "got it." You can donate in his honor under 'Company Name' at: https://bit.ly/CampMidicha. The Memorial Mass and funeral will be held at a later date, when we can all come together to celebrate his life. This forthcoming information will be shared via Facebook.

For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons, Brighton, at 810-229-2905

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