Col. G. Michael Girone USA

  • Born: April 26, 1932
  • Died: June 4, 2011
  • Location: South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

Entered into eternal rest on the morning of June 4, 2011, Colonel G. Michael Girone, U.S. Army (Ret.), husband of Margaret Joan Hepler Girone.  Residence, Charleston, SC.  The relatives and friends of Colonel and Mrs. G. Michael Girone are invited to attend the funeral services of the former in Old St. Andrews Episcopal Church Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm.  Burial will be Monday, September 26, 2011 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA with full military honors at 1:00 pm.  The family will receive friends at J. HENRY STUHR, INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL Tuesday between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.

Colonel Girone was born April 26, 1932 in New York City, NY, a son of the late Joseph A. C. Girone and the late Alice Modee Girone.  He joined the United States Army in 1953 and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1954.  He was inducted into the O.C.S. Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA.  Michael attended LaSalle College in Philadelphia, PA, received a B.A. degree in Public Administration from the University of Maryland and a M.A. degree in Health Care Administration from Baylor University in Texas.

Colonel Girone served in a variety of assignments with Army Hospitals in the United States, Europe and Vietnam.  After retiring from his Army career after 26 years of service, he joined the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL.  He then joined Hospital Corporation of America.  Among other associations, he advanced to fellowship status in the American College of Hospital Administrators.  Michael was chosen the first Businessman of the Year in Fayetteville, NC, where he was Administrator of Highsmith-Rainey Memorial Hospital.  He was President and C.E.O. of the Raleigh Community Hospital, now the Duke-Raleigh Hospital from 1988-1996.  Michael's military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.  

He is survived by his wife of 58 years of Charleston; two daughters, Robin Clapp and her husband, Rick, of  Midland, GA and Diana Best and her husband, Tom, of Raleigh, NC;  two sons, Michael Girone and his wife, Marta, of Chestertown, MD and Andrew Girone and his wife, Pati, of Charleston; nine grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Margaret and Family,

I am unable to be in Charleston today, but please know my thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I feel very privileged to have known and worked under the leadership of such a great man who also became a great friend. "Mr. G" touched many lives over the years, and during my employment with Raleigh Community Hospital mine was one of them. I will always remember his kindness, sincerity, and love for people; and will celebrate his life today and in the days to come. Simply put, Mike Girone was the Best!

Posted by Debra D. Edwards (Debby)    June 07, 2011

My deepest sympathies to the family. Mr."G" was a wonderful individual and leader for Raleigh Community Hospital. I think of him very often and think back on what a positive experience it was to be a part of his team. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Dale E. Russell    June 07, 2011

My deepest sympathies for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

Posted by Carol J Manheim    June 07, 2011

Dear Margaret and family,
Mr. Girone was not only a great boss, he was a wonderful mentor and friend. We affectionately referred to Mr. Girone's opinions and ideas as the "G Factor". We never wanted to disappoint him. He and Dr. Fox brought me to Duke Raleigh Hospital (Raleigh Community at the time) in 1991 and I stayed there until March 2010 when I was recrutied to Suburban Hospital - Johns Hopkins Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Girone continued to come back after retirement and visit us at Duke Raleigh. We looked forward to those visits. I cannot imagine your feelings at this time. Our love and prayers are with you. Our family now lives in D.C. suburbs. We shall attend the burial on September 26.

Posted by Linda Waldorf and family    June 07, 2011

Mary and I saw Mike's obit in the Raleigh Paper and wanted to let you know how sorry we were to hear of his passing. Our thoughts are with you and the family.

Posted by Dave & Mary Rendleman    June 07, 2011

I knew Mike during his tenure at Raleigh Community Hospital. He did a wonderful job and I always admired him for it. My condolences to his family.

Posted by D. Allen Hayes, M.D.    June 07, 2011

Dear Andrew and Pati and family,

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's death. I know your hearts are heavy now, but I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you all.
The words to a song I listened to during my sister's illness many years ago brought me great comfort then and when my Dad and, most recently, my mother-in-law, passed on. It is based from Old Testament scripture --
"He gave me beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness,
that we might be
trees of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord,
that He might be glorified."

Love to you all,
Gay Purcell

Posted by Gay Purcell    June 07, 2011

To Margaret and Family, Milly and are saddened by Michael's untimely passing. We extend our sincere condolences in your time of grief.

In sympathy. Gerald and Milly Hurst
Figure Eight Island

Posted by Gerald and Milly Hurst    June 07, 2011

Mr. Girone was a great man who knew each and every employee. He had a heart of Gold.
He will be remembered in our hearts.

Posted by Tony Daniel, Engineering Dept. Duke Raleigh Hospital    June 07, 2011

Dear Margaret and family, I was saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He was a precious and dear man and we loved him dearly at RCH. We at last have a CEO that Mike would be proud of...but he does have "big shoes" to fill following Mike's tenure here. Mike was such a delight and took such pleasure in his job here. He certainly helped make us what we are today.
God bless you all and may his memory live forever in your hearts as it does in those of us who knew him.

Posted by Sincerely, Anne Bland RN and Clinical Administrator while Mike    June 07, 2011

I only knew Mr. Girone professionally at Raleigh Community Hospital. I still can see him walking the halls at all hours of the day, knew many names and always had a smile on his face. He is still is the standard in which I hold other hospital administrators. Thanks Mr. Girone!

Posted by Alecia Harrison    June 07, 2011

May the Lord keep you and comfort you during your time of mourning. Remember that he lives on in your memories and will not be forgotten by all who loved him.

Posted by Valerie Thomas (Duke Raleigh Hospital)    June 07, 2011

The faculty and students of Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/University of N. C. at Greensboro send their condolences for the lose of Colonel Girone. Colonel Girone was very instrument in starting this nurse anesthesia program when he was CEO of Raleigh Community Hospital. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers

Posted by Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, MS    June 07, 2011

My condolences to Mrs. Girone and all the family. I was sorry to here of Mr. Girone's passing. Mr. Girone was a great CEO for us at Raleigh Community (now Duke Raleigh) when I first came in '88, and hated to see him go, later in the '90s.
I know he will be missed and I pray for your family''s sadness to be eased and may you have many special memories to help also.

Posted by Farrell Kennedy RN from Operating Room    June 07, 2011

To the Family of Mr. Girone,
My thoughts and prayers go out to each and
every one of you. May God be with you and
help you all through this sad time.

Posted by Linda O'Neal (duke Raleigh Hospital)    June 07, 2011

Mr. G, as we affectionately called him, was a great man as well as a great leader. I have many fond memories of him during the time we worked together at Raleigh Community Hospital.

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time, I know he will be greatly missed.

Posted by Glenda DeBord    June 07, 2011

Mr. "G". A great man. A great leader.

Posted by Shirley Harkey    June 07, 2011

A great man who will be missed.

Posted by Mickey Smith    June 07, 2011

So sorry to learn of Mike's death. We were able to read the obituary in the Wilmington Star News this morning (Sunday). He had a very interesting career with many accomplishments.

Posted by Tom & Marie Best    June 07, 2011

For anyone who has had Mike touch your life like I have , you will agree the world lost a great one.I met him 33 years ago when I was an employee of his at one of his hospitals.His dedication to staff and patients was always present and touched many lives. His kindness and the enduring friendship of Mike and his wonderful family has continued."LOVE LAST FOREVER",Margaret "MUGZEE" Miller.

Posted by Margaret Miller    June 07, 2011