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Mike Loffi (1971) Passes Away

Wednesday, February 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Nashville - Robert Malcolm "Mike" Loffi, hailed as Nashville's "good will ambassador" for his active volunteering at major sports events, died Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the age of 74.

 Since its inception, Mike volunteered at the Music City Bowl, as well as SEC basketball tournaments, the Sara Lee, and "Vinny" golf tournaments hosted by Vince Gill. He volunteered for the Music City marathons and NCAA Women's Final Four tournament in 2014. "Mike was Nashville's good will ambassador for sports," said Marty Dickens, chairman of the Music City Center Authority. "He represented the very best of what makes Nashville the great city that it is." Nashville attorney Aubrey Harwell praised Mike for his work in the Music City Bowl in an article that he wrote for the Tennessean in December of 2008. "For more than a decade, Mike Loffi's holiday season hasn't been the same," Harwell wrote. "Transforming from his everyday life as a real estate closing executive, Loffi has spent virtually thousands of hours as a multi-tasking volunteer ensuring the continued success of the Music City Bowl while it became a Nashville holiday tradition."

In his paying job, Mike handled thousands of real estate closings for people across Middle Tennessee and Kentucky.

 Mike is survived by his wife, Ann Yeager Loffi, and two sons, Michael Jonathon Loffi (wife Rebekah Harrison Loffi, granddaughter Eva Joy Loffi) and Christopher Howell Loffi, sisters Helen Ramona (Monie) Murray, Ellie Devona Miller and Sharon Denise Boles. He is predeceased by parents Mary Elizabeth Jensen Loffi Brindley and Robert Roman Loffi and sister Piphi Louise Maxwell.

Mike was born in Nashville August 29, 1944. Mike's lifelong best friend, Steve Hewlett, said, "He was always trying to help people. He had a servant's spirit and attitude. He was everybody's friend." Mike graduated from Howard High School where he was active in forensics, track and theater. In 1965, he joined the Air Force serving in France and England. When he returned, he enrolled at Belmont. "I remember him driving his blue MGB convertible that he brought back from England," Hewlett said. Mike loved convertibles, including a 1974 914 yellow Porsche and a 1986 911 maroon Porsche. Butch Garrett, another longtime friend, remembers traveling to many sporting events with Mike. They were season ticket holders to University of Tennessee football games for 20 years. Garrett recalled that Mike liked to say, "Where are we going? What are we doing?" Garrett said, "Mike was always ready to go."

Mike was former president and active member of the Franklin Road chapter of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees). Both Hewlett and Garrett remember Mike traveling around the country with them to gather support for the National Jaycees to hold their convention in Nashville. "Mike talked to everybody to boost Nashville," said Garrett. The national Jaycees convention was held in Nashville in 1979. "Mike really took the lead on logistics," said Hewlett. "He was instrumental in making it one of the best Jaycee conventions ever." Mike was also an active member of the Green Hills Rotary Club.

Randy Smith, a friend for more than 40 years who graduated with Mike at Belmont, said, "You could count on Mike." In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mike Loffi Scholarship Fund at Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212.

The Tennessean 

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