Graduation on Monday Mike, I had hoped to share my celebration with you, I would never have applied for my masters degree without your faith in me. Still miss you every day. I miss your insight, your wisdom, your humour, your knowledge of the world around you, the way you were informed about what was happening in other places, your compassion for the unfairness of life, your ability to cheer others on. It's hard without you.
happy birthday Michael Michael Motorcycle. xo
I think about u all the time. It doesn't take much for something to remind me of you or something u said or did a certain way!
Happy birthday!! Missing you today more than others!
Kibbeth, Thank you For keeping this online!!!
Thinking of you today on your birthday Mike.. Miss and love you so much!
Thinking of you today... miss you
Remembering you on your birthday. You are greatly missed.
My heart still hurts daily thinking of you not being here anymore. I'd do anything to see your face again. Thank you to the person you paid to keep this guest book going, it would be even harder to not be able to come here & read the wonderful things everyone has said about you. Miss you, Durbie!
I wish I had gotten the chance to know you as an adult. I do think of you often and miss you a lot. I'm glad you turned out to be such a great man and a good person to all the people you knew. I did have a little part in how you turned out. I taught you how to tie your shoes and ride a bike and to try new and exciting food. You are in my thoughts, especially with your birthday just ahead.
I always did send your birthday gift early. I cannot bear the thought of you being forgotten, and hope that this small gesture will keep your memory alive in more than just my heart. I miss you so much.
There are no words, it's still impossible to believe and understand that this beautiful man is gone. I know I will never be the same. Miss you and love you every single day and forever....
May the comfort of family and friends bring peace as we face this first Christmas without you, you certainly left an awfully big hole in our lives!
I half expected to see you at Oktoberfest last night, it always makes me think of you. I wonder if you look down every now and then .. if so you know you're still very much missed.
missing you everyday, mike!
Saying a prayer for Mike's family.
Thinking of you on your birthday. Miss you!
Mike was a friend to me when I needed one most, his friendship helped me through so many challenges in my life. Barely a week goes by when I don't remember something he said or did that helps me get through the day. Mike always made me want to be a better person, to deserve his friendship. I am so sad to hear of his passing, he brought so much into my life. Mike, I love you, and you will be missed so very much.
There are no words.
Good bye Mike...
I can't stop thinking about you. You were my high school sweetheart, my first "true" love. You weren't just my boyfriend, you were part of my family. You touched my heart and you touched my soul and I am honored to have been part of your short life. You will be missed more than you will ever know and I will forever keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Ego Amo Te ...may you be at peace now.
There's only a few more days left to come here and read everyone's thoughts on Mike and it makes me sad. I know we have to just keep going on, that's what you do but my heart is sad that he won't be taking the journey with us. I think of you everyday Mike, I love you.
Bruce, I'm thinking of you and we're all here. Love you
The BIG BUZZ around town about 10 years ago, was the "OMG, REALLY CUTE GM" at Chili's. I had to check this out for myself. What I saw and eventually came to know about this somewhat shy, handsome young man,that he had a kind and gentle heart.
I cannot even begin to find the words to express how shocked and saddened I felt when I heard of his passing. My heart truly broke, as did many hearts that terrible day.
The world feels different, now that you are gone. I wish we could have had the chance to say our goodbyes, I know I needed that.
Mike, please know you will be missed and never forgotten!!!
BRUCE,SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.I LIVE NEAR MIKE AND WE WALKED OUR DOGS TOGETHER.YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS.
Rip durbin!!! had some great times on Locust street!!!
I want to thank everyone for all of your kind thoughts about my son. I've read them all many times. They are both heart breaking and heart warming at the same time. Mike would be embarrassed to see how much he affected so many people's lives.
Mike was my GM while in college at U of D. He made my job there a huge part of my college yrs. it's the only job I didn't mind going to, mostly to hang out, joke & laugh with him. He had such a great heart & sense of humor. I whole heartedly appreciate everything he did for me, which included looking the other way when I mis behaved :) RIP Michael, u will forever be missed
I'm so sorry and shocked to hear about this loss. I only worked for Mike a short time, but he was definitely the kind of boss that made you want to be better. He kept everyone on their toes, and it was fun trying to get him to laugh. He was hardworking and funny, and I liked him a lot.
A couple of years ago, after I had stopped working there, I came in with my brother who was on his mid-tour leave from Afghanistan, and Mike gave us a discount to thank him for his service. He was such an upstanding guy. He is missed.
I am very saddened by the news of your passing. It sounds like you had turned out to be a very nice young man. I couldn't have wished for anything better for you. As I've always said in my birthdays cards to you, you will always have a place in my heart. My sincere condolences go out to your family. I know you will be greatly missed by all.
I cannot even begin to find the words to express how shocked and saddened I am by your loss. I can't seem to wrap my mind around the reality. Although it's been years since I have seen you, the world feels so much different just knowing that you are gone. I wish I could have had the chance to say goodbye. May you rest in peace. You will be forever missed.
Our sincere condolances to the Durbin family. Through the sorrow we will always remember the the good times shared in Mike's company.
It's awful nice and a little heartbreaking to see all the kind words and love here for Mike. He was quite incredible.
It's hard to believe I'll never look into your eyes and hug you again. You will be so missed and you are so so loved. I'm thinking of you Bruce, love you.
To all of the Durbin family- my condolences to all of you. Michael obviously touched many lives by reading all of the kind words people have to say about him. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of you.
So many great memories working w/ Mike. He gave me a job & my waitressing experience. It was a honor to have known such a great man
Bruce, it has been a long time, as a few other ETC folks have said. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray the peace and comfort of God on you and your family.
Mike was such a wonderful friend to me in high school. Rest in peace my friend...
Michael Man O Man Im gunna miss seeing you talking and joking .I will play a game of shoes on the beach in your memory every weekend . Rest in peace The Big A.
It has been a long time. Loosing a loved one is a reminder of how fragile life is. However, you will never forget the love and joy he gave you. God Bless.
I'm very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike, my heart is broken for you and the hole your loss has left in our lives. I tried to write this a few times and I couldn't see thru the tears so I had to stop. You were always more like a brother to me than a cousin. I always looked forward to seeing you at grandmas, we all vied for your attention cause you were always so cool to us, we wanted to be on your team for capture the flag or sit next to you at dinner, I remember the trips to the outer banks when we were little, I have a picture of all of us on my fridge, all the cousins around you at one of the beach houses, it was always that way, we all loved you so much, we always will. I will miss you forever. I love you Mike and you will never be forgotten. Rest peacefully. Say hi to grandma for me, I'll see you again someday, until then there will always be a place in my heart where you will be.
Mike Durbin, This is still so unreal.You were probably one of the most intellgent and strongest man I knew. Gosh, I remember back when you interviewed and hired me and Ashley, I wasso nervous! Or when me and ashley would tell you our "crazy" stories to try to make you laugh. (which we accomplished most of the time!) I am so thankful and so fortunate to have had the chance to work for you. You have taught not only me but all of us chili heads so much over the years. I used to get angry at times when you corrected me with my work, but thats what made me good at my job, and I have YOU to thank for that. Your chilis family will be holding down the fort for you Mike, making you proud! Rest peacfully Durbinator!!!
dearest durbie, this is still not real to me. I couldn't have asked for a better general manager for the past 3 years . you ran this store better than anyone ever will be able to. we will forever miss you and never ever forget you! you were a great man; me and all the other chiliheads love you! and yu will stay in our hearts forever ! I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.
I know we had our ups and downs at Chilis but I just can't believe you're gone. Rest in peace Mike.
Durbin, we all miss you so much already. It will never be the same at work again. You were a great GM to all of your chilis head. We've learned so much from you and we will all continue to make you proud at "The chill" The memories I had with you will forever live on & I am priveledged to have known a man like you! Ill never forget you, Mike Durbin.
Been a long time. So sorry to see this. Take care.
My thoughts and prayers are with Mike's family and friends. He was such an awesome and hard working boss. He was thoughtful, caring, and always had a good joke to make you smile. It was a pleasure to work with him. So sorry I was "too busy" to stop in and say hi :(
You will be missed Mike.
Rest in peace Mike. You will be missed!
I am sorry to hear of Mr. Durbin's passing. I want to wish condolences to his family. I interviewed him back in 2001 when I was doing a school project for an English class I was taking. I liked him right off the bat. His easygoing style, sincerity, and enthusiasm for his job I've never forgotten. He made a lasting impression on me. He was a great guy.
Durbie, words can't express how much I truly miss you already. You were an amazing man and a great GM. It's not the same here without you. You will forever live on in the hearts of your little chiliheads. We miss and love you so much! May angels lead you in. You and your family are in my prayers.
Bruce, I am so sorry about your son. And Mr. Durbin too (I worked with you at Louviers long ago).
I was so sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was a funny, great guy who was an important part of our extended Chili's family so many years ago. May you rest in peace.
To all of "Durbins" friends and family, his passing is truly heartbreaking, there are no words to ease the pain or understand his loss. Our only comfort is that he is now at peace.
My deepest sympathy and condolenses to Durbin's family and friends. He will definitely be missed by many for a very long time. Such a genuinely kind person. He will always be in our hearts and prayers...
My heart is broken ... I will love you forever ..
My heart is broken ... I will love you forever ..
I worked with Mike for four years at Chilis. I wish I had made that stop that I planned to make several times to come by and say hello after I had moved on from Chilis. My sincerest condolences to all Mike's family.
It is so hard to put into words what I am feeling along with so many of our friends! I am so sad overwhelmed and shocked! I will always hold my memories of you close to my heart. You will be in my thoughts and prayers forever. God bless You! Goodbye Mike!!
I can't believe it has been so many years. I still remember saying goodbye to you on my last day at work. I never thought it would be on of the last time I would see you. I thought about stopping in Chilis to say hi 100 times, but never did. I regret that so much now.So many memories have been flooding back recently, so many laughs, so many talks. I am so sad for all the people, like myself, who will never get to see you again. You are in my heart, thank you for your friendship for all those years so many years ago.
My condolences to Mike's family and friends. Mike always brought a smile to my face. He was a great friend of mine in high school and he will be missed by so many. Rest in peace Mike.
I have so many wonderful memories of Mike from high school and from our early 20's together. My heart breaks for his grieving family and friends. He will forever be missed. Mike was truly loved.
Rest In Peace! My Prayers and Sympathies go out to the Family and Friends.
Our sincerest condolences to all Mike's family and friends. The fond memories we have of him will be with us forever. His laughter and smiles will never be forgotten along with his kind and loving heart. He loved my children and our godson Jackson. They will be safe with him watching over them now. We love him and he will forever be in our hearts...
I worked for Mike from 2007-2008 and was so shocked to hear about his passing. My thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time.
Bruce......Sorry for your loss he will be in our hearts forever. He always brought a smile to our faces. And a very good pool player!
We are so sorry for your loss of Michael. We just saw him a few weeks ago in Chili's for lunch. He was a handsome, sweet, and caring young man. We will miss him.
Bill and Tracy Moskowitz
I can't get you off my mind! Rest in peace! My thoughts are with all your family! You are in my prayers!
Our hearts are filled with love and sorrow, we will miss your gentle soul. Rest in peace beautiful young man.
Aunt Carolyn & Uncle Michael
My sincerest and deepest condolences to mike's family, as he will be truly missed by anyone who knows him. Working for Mike was a joy. He appreciated hard work and a good joke. I've learned so much from him and will never forget Mike.
Mike was a good man and a great manager. He will be missed.
Our great friend "Durbin" will always be missed and remembered. He was the Godfather of our son Jackson and a staple in our daily lives. We have too many memories to name of vacations together, hanging out, and jokes... He was loved & appreciated and our lives won't be the same without him. We send our condolences to all of his family and friends who are also grieving.
So sad to see you go too soon. Lots of good memories. Rest well.
I was so sad to hear of Mikes's passing. We worked together for several years at Chilis. May he rest in peace. Your family is in my prayers.
Michael, Michael, Motorcycle...my heart is breaking. So many years we worked side by side, in that cramped office. You will forever be the man that always wore blue, ate a one bowl dish standing up, who looked forward to every Christmas Eve to deep fry your turkey, and eat my spinach dip in a bread bowl. Every crossword puzzle I finish, I will still believe I finished before you...no matter how many times you said you were done before me. I will still threaten to show everyone the pictures I have of you with long hair when you were 17 years old...but will never share as you wished. I will continue prayers for your Dad, and your extended family. I promise you I will try and keep the troops of Wilmington Chili's together as we celebrate your life, and mourn your passing. You have touched many, and will never be forgotten. I promise.
I knew Mike through my daughter. He had dinner at my house many times when he was in high school. His sense of humor was contagious and he had a way of making the person to whom he was talking feel like he/she was a wonderful, important person. Truly there are no words for the sadness felt by his death.