Michael Walsh ‘Big Mike’ McCabe Sr., 75, enjoyed a commercial real estate career that spanned five decades

Michael Walsh “Big Mike” McCabe Sr., 75, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 18, 2019. Big Mike was born Aug. 31, 1943, to James and Agnes McCabe in Charlotte, North Carolina, before moving to Cape Charles.

Mike loved the shore and was a graduate of Cape Charles High School and attended several colleges and universities throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

Mike moved from Cape Charles to Virginia Beach and began working for National Cash Register before starting his career in commercial real estate that would span five decades. He began his work with Goodman, Segar, Hogan and then formed Adams, McCabe and Lester with his dear friends Jerry and Harry, which subsequently became McCabe and Lester. He then joined Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate, where he worked for over 20 years.

Mike served on numerous philanthropic, educational and economic boards and was a civic leader throughout his career. Perhaps the most important thing to Big Mike were his family and friends, of which he had many. He was a stranger to no one and always enjoyed new friends, both young and old, and especially loved entertaining a crowd at the McCabe Beach Bar on 63rd Street. Above all else, Big Mike adored “the Girls,” his three granddaughters. He loved them dearly and took great pride in all of their accomplishments.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Big Mac and Ag; and his brother, Jack. Left to cherish his memory are his best friend and wife of 51 years, Nelle Tyler McCabe; son, Michael, and his wife, Merrick, and their daughters, Helen, Sallie Carter and Betsy; brother, Jim, and his wife, Nan; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, at Galilee Church, 3928 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Norfolk Academy or Chesapeake Bay Academy.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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