David E. Kobbe of Lynbrook passed away suddenly January 2, 2021. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and great-uncle. Dave was born February 28, 1955, in Mineola, New York and raised in Garden City. He was a proud graduate of Chaminade HS, Fordham University, and Hofstra’s Graduate School of Business. Dave spent most of his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he was a Senior Bank Examiner and Team Leader.
Dave is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Kathleen McDonough Kobbe and the children he adored: Michael, Kathleen & her husband Gordon Cohen, and David. He was predeceased by his parents and in-laws: Mary Kobbe, Jack Kobbe, Elaine Solari Kobbe, Ruth Rushmore and Matthew J. McDonough, Jr. He is also predeceased by his beloved brother-in-law Matthew J. McDonough III. He is survived by his sister Lynn and her husband LeRoy Boison. Dave is also survived by his wife's family, Ruth & Jim Harvey, Eileen & Timothy Buckley, Mary Ellen & Howard Firestone, Honora McDonough, Margaret McDonough, and Anne McDonough. It is especially important to note that Dave cherished his role as "Papa" to Lillian and Charlotte Cohen, his granddaughters.
He also had a special relationship with his nieces and nephews Erin, Megan, Paul, Bridget, Dan, Annemarie, Mary, Grace, Robert, Susan, John, Matt, Will, Nora, Jeff, Allison, Greg, and Liz. Dave forged true and lasting friendships throughout his life, especially with his children’s closest friends.
To an outsider Dave seemed quiet, but to those who knew him, he was anything but. He was an enthusiastic participant in football, baseball, hockey and golf into his adulthood. Dave transitioned from his playing days to coaching his children in various sports, a role he relished. He was a vocal supporter of the New York Islanders and NY Jets or Giants…whichever team was doing better! Music also played such an important role in his life. From the hundreds of concerts attended, to the tens of thousands of songs loaded on his devices, rock and roll set the soundtrack to his vibrant life. And we would be remiss in not mentioning his world-famous apple pie and irish coffee, holidays will not be the same.
Besides his family and sports, he was truly passionate about cycling and traveling. Dave regularly logged over 1500 miles per year on his red Trek. If it was over 50 degrees you would either find him on his bike or, more recently, cruising Long Island in his red Porsche convertible. He also logged many thousands of miles in the air on trips with his wife and children. From family trips to Florida & Cape Cod, to climbing glaciers in Alaska & Iceland, to the shores of Hawaii & Australia, Dave certainly took full advantage of his flight benefits, afforded by his son David’s career at Southwest. He was very happy to get the chance to visit the land of his ancestors in Germany.
Dave was a wonderful teacher and mentor, always supporting and championing those around him. Whether it was with his own children as they grew, colleagues or direct reports or, arguably his best role, as grandfather to Lily and Cece. He made every effort to be present at all of his children’s events, big or small, including driving endless hours, to support and spend time with them. He worked tirelessly to give his children the best life possible. The love and joy Dave and his granddaughters brought each other was truly something to be admired. Whether he was laying on the floor playing some game only those 3 understood, racing scooters in the driveway for hours on end, or rocking out with guitars, violins, kazoos, drums or anything else they could find, he was always in his element and the girls' giggles were endless.
“Fly on my sweet angel,
Fly on through the sky,
Fly on my sweet angel,
Forever I will be by your side”
Visiting hours at Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home, Inc., 34 Hempstead Ave., Lynbrook will be Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, from 4–8 P.M. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 9th at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Peace RC Church, followed by a burial at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury.
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