Mike “Bino” Cherubino
Michael “Mike” Paul Cherubino, 57, of Evergreen, CO died unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. Mike was born on March 9, 1964, in Summit, NJ, the son of Joyce and the late Paul Cherubino. He had been a resident of Evergreen since 2012.
Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Edith (Edie Touchet) Cherubino of Evergreen, CO; daughter, Carly Cherubino of Denver, CO; and son, Paul Cherubino II, of Evergreen, CO; mother, Joyce (Wuestman) Cherubino of Naples, FL; sister Carrie (Cherubino) McGraw (Brian) and nephew Joe McGraw of Denver, CO; niece Stephanie Touchet and great niece, Isabelle Touchet-DeLeon of Austin, TX. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Cherubino.
Mike was a 1982 graduate of Bernards High School in Bernardsville, NJ and a 1987 graduate of Rice University in Houston, TX where he earned his BS in Economics. He began his business career with NCR Cash Register, later working in sales for Searle Pharmaceuticals. Then, after several years of learning how to fly that involved personal investments and sacrifices in hiring instructors, renting simulators and flying the Texas A&M Flying Club parachutists for free, Mike accumulated the substantial hours he needed to qualify for a commercial license to pursue a career in aviation and follow his true calling of becoming a commercial airline pilot. He started with Continental Express, followed by 20 years with Southwest Airlines, where he was employed as a captain at the time of his passing. Mike loved being a pilot and working with his fellow crew members. When they worked holidays, Mike didn’t miss a chance to extend his signature good cheer and love of celebration by bringing a tray of shrimp or charcuterie board to share with the crew.
Mike was a loyal, devoted and proud son, husband, father, brother and uncle who loved his family deeply and unconditionally. He innately embodied stability, strength, comfort, support, integrity, fun, laughter, adventure, ease and wisdom. Mike was a rare, irreplaceable, exceptional human, and those he loved knew real, true, everlasting love with him. How he lived and who he loved said everything about who he was… simply THE Best.
Mike and Edie traveled often to visit family and friends. If you invited him to join a trip, a gathering, a football game or other event and he said, “yes,” he would be there. If you recommended a book or a movie, he would call you shortly thereafter to share his thoughts, having taken your recommendation to heart. His “yes” was a complete and trustworthy “yes.” If there was a wedding, a new baby, a graduation, or other important milestone, Mike was there to celebrate. He showed up for those he loved when things were tough, too, routinely helping his friends cope with losses. Mike knew how to make you feel seen and special…on ordinary days and in extraordinary times.
Mike was passionate about living, loving and learning. He especially enjoyed good food, scuba diving and seeing live music at Red Rocks Amphitheater…no matter who was on stage, he simply loved being there.
Mike never knew a stranger. If you met him in a concert parking lot or on the beaches of Costa Rica, you would leave with a smile and a new friend. His kind and benevolent presence and his joyful laughter filled every space and uplifted the hearts of all those he encountered.
To carry on his memory and his legacy, Mike would have wanted everyone to find ways to connect and to be kind to one another. In the past, Mike made donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital should you choose to donate to them in his name. https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GiftFunds/GiftFunds?px=7336011&pg=personal&fr_id=39300\
Both he and Edie were avid supporters of EAPL (Evergreen Animal Protective League) despite his aversion to dogs. Should you choose to donate, the link is https://eapl.com/donations
A memorial Service for Mike will be set at a later date. His cremation arrangements were handled by Broussard’s Crematorium, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.