On March 11, 2008 we received news that our good friend, Howard Gobioff, had died earlier in the day:

It is with great sadness that I write to you today. I don’t know how some of you know Howard, but your email address was in his phone. Howard passed away this afternoon at approximately 1pm after a battle with lymphoma. He was originally diagnosed in 2003 with a non-aggressive type of lymphoma and chose not to tell anyone including his family. On 1/31/2008 he was admitted to Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital with pneumonia and found that the cancer had transformed into something more aggressive. He asked me to come up on 2/8/2008. Two days later he was admitted to the ICU and I informed the rest of his family. For the last 31 days Howard put up quite a fight but eventually acquired an infection that his body was no longer able to fight.

He will be buried in Hollywood, Florida this Friday ( 3/14/2008 ) at

Beth David Memorial Gardens
3201 NW 72nd Ave
Hollywood, FL 33024

The service will be at 2pm in the chapel.

For those of you unable to attend I will be putting together something in NY sometime in the near future and will keep you informed.

Please do not send flowers. If you’d like to do something, please donate to one of the charities Howard chose to leave money to:

Lymphoma and Lukemia Society
ACLU Foundation
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Thank you,

Neil Gobioff

The news was, and still is, absolutely shocking. He will be greatly missed as we are left behind to puzzle out the reasons that such a life could be so tragically cut short.

We would like to present this site in his honor so that those who were unable to say good bye can share their memories of this unique and irrepressible individual and express their condolences to his family and friends. Please take a moment to leave behind a comment about the man we knew and loved.