Michael P. Garber


Michael Pierce Garber, 47, of Columbus, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. as a result of a single-car accident.

Mike was a 1986 graduate of Columbus North High School, a 1990 graduate of Kenyon College and a graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary School and completed all of the academic work for a master’s degree in gastronomy at Boston University.

In addition to his love of cooking, Mike had an extensive interest in education issues after spending several years in the field of education policy. He was also a Fellow of the Hudson Institute and was employed with the State of Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction.

He leaves behind his parents, William and Rosalind Garber of Columbus; a brother, Matthew W. Garber, and sister-in-law, Christina Garber, of Broadlands Virginia; sister, Ruth A. Frank, and brother-in-law, William R. Frank, of Fairfield, Ohio, and sister Elizabeth A. Garber and Alexander H. Mattingly of Indianapolis; two nephews, Benjamin Garber and Samuel Garber; and three nieces, Ellie Garber, Reese Frank and Ryley Frank.

Mike was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Myron and Ethel Pierce, and paternal grandparents, Gerald and Rosemary Garber.

Visitation and a celebration of the life will be held at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2525 California Street on Friday, March 6, 2015. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the church service will  begin at 4:00 p.m., with the Reverend Marc Vance officiating. Friends are invited.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church or to the Bull Dog Alumni Association Scholarship Fund which will establish a scholarship in Mike’s name.

Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the Garber family at barkesweaverglick.com.