Michael Goffigan

February 27, 1977 - June 27, 2022

02/27/1977 - 06/27/2022

Past Services

Visitation
Monday July 11, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Additional Information:

Private Visitation

Funeral Service
Tuesday July 12, 2022
11:00 am
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church
5345 Virginia Beach Blvd,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
757-497-8330 | Directions
Cemetery
Tuesday July 12, 2022
2:00 pm
Albert G. Horton Memorial Veteran Cemetery
5310 Milners Rd.
Suffolk, VA 23434
757-255-7217 | Directions

Michael Goffigan, 45 of Virginia Beach, died of natural causes in the evening on Monday, June 27th. He was born February 27, 1977, in Santa Clara California, the son of Anthony and Helene Goffigan, and the oldest brother of Dan Goffigan.  Mike enjoyed a loving family upbringing and moved at a young age from California to New Jersey, and then to Texas. Once in Texas he attended St. Pius Catholic School and was known as a very kind and stellar student. During this time he enjoyed riding bikes with his friends (always finding jumps on the dirt trails), building forts in the creeks, and eventually got into skateboarding. Mike was passionate about skateboarding and excelled very quickly. He competed, winning numerous awards at Jeff Phillips Skatepark in Dallas, Texas.
Eventually, the family moved to upstate New York where he attended Corning East High School. Although skateboarding was not as popular in upstate New York, Mike quickly found a dedicated skate crew and the local spots and became a camp counselor at the world-renowned skate camp in Woodward Pennsylvania. Having fewer areas to skate, Mike successfully lobbied the mayor and town to build one of the first concrete skate parks in upstate New York. The concrete park has allowed multi-generations of skateboarders a place to train, and even just this year it has been updated.

Throughout high school, Mike continued to maintain a stellar academic record and earned an academic scholarship to Temple University in Philadelphia, where the skateboarding industry was well known and he was featured in Transworld Skateboard Magazine.  While home in New York for summer break and after completing his sophomore year with honors, he was diagnosed with a disabling illness that prevented him from fulfilling his college and career aspirations.
Despite how difficult public events must have been for Mike, he always attended important gatherings, such as holidays with family, always including his nephews and niece’s birthdays. He even helped set up and socialized during his brother’s recent retirement from the Navy Reserves.
Mike bravely battled mental health for 25 years and was diagnosed with cancer in 2021.  Mike is survived by his mom, brother, sister-in-law, niece, and two nephews.
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