James William STOBIE

October 23, 1984November 8, 2017

James William Stobie gained considerable notoriety during his all too short life of thirty-three years as a filmmaker who self-produced documentary styled videos portraying life as a rail riding traveler-- AKA 'Stobe the Hobo." His accomplishments were many, but his time here on earth encompassed so much more than that. He was the beloved Son of Michael J Stobie (Thornton) and Mary Stobie Lechman (Wheat Ridge); Brother of Lily Ribeiro; Brother in law to Wagner Ribeiro ; Uncle to Noah and Bianca Ribeiro Longmont); Grandson of Marilyn Stobie (Ukiah, California); Nephew to Timothy Stobie (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts) and Catherine Stobie (Fort Bragg, California); and a cherished friend to many (the World). To some he will become a legend through his life's work and to others he will be fondly remembered solely for his quirky yet lovable self as evidenced by his humor, fierce wit, compassion, dead-pan delivery, solicited and unsolicited commentary on just about anything, unbridled passion for unconventional living, mad piano skills, the enormous talent that he generously shared with all whose lives he intersected with, and countless other things. He will indeed be greatly missed by all who knew him while leaving an irreparable gaping hole in the hearts, minds and souls of his family.


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, November 20, 2017


James William STOBIE

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Denise Chiatti

October 23, 2020

You rode the rails with dignity. Your commentary was remarkable. I will miss your piano music. Happy Birthday and RIP. You are dearly missed.

Sarah Allison

October 14, 2020

My boyfriend recently introduced Stobe the Hobo to me and I quickly fell in love with everything Stobe stands for. His quick wit, musical ability and overall ability to truly live life to the fullest is so refreshing. Now more than ever the world needs more people like Stobe. In fact, he has taught me to have a little more fun and to just go off the beaten path and beat to your own drum. Stobe was taken far too soon and I truthfully can not wait to meet him one day. My condolences to his friends and family. I don’t know Stobe but it is very easy to see that he was loved by many.

Phil Downey

October 14, 2020

I just discovered his series today. I should be putting the finishing touches on a legal brief, but I can't stop watching.

Thank you Stobe wherever you may be.

noah cluster

October 13, 2020

About 2 months ago I saw this video in my You Tube feed called Stobe the Hobo. I watched in amazement as this man did what I have always wanted to do ride the rails. I have been a train fan my whole life model and full scale too. After watching several videos I was shocked to see this guy and his talent leave this world so early in life. But what I notice is his followers continue to grow! His wit and subject matter rival anything Bourdain ever did but without the gourmet food. I can not stop watching these videos especially in the darkest hours of the night. Until we meet on the other side and enjoy a cold one. Noah

John Calhoun

October 8, 2020

I don’t know you personally but have enjoyed watching your videos the last few weeks. I came across your YouTube channel through hobo shoestring. I’m a huge real fan in Northeast Florida. Coming up on three years since you passed, but by the looks of everything I’m reading, you’ve touched many people.
You are missed by many, but not forgotten!
R.I.P Hobo Stobe! 🍺🍺🇺🇸🙏 🚂

Lance Sanders

October 6, 2020

I was sorry to discover James is no longer with us. I’ve enjoyed watching all of his videos, and listening to his piano music. He obviously enjoyed life & let us all travel with him & share his many adventures.

My prayers are with your family.

brandon quist

September 6, 2020

He experienced more in his few years train hopping than most do in a lifetime. He was a truly extraordinary person with such an addictive outgoing personality. He will be missed by many and never forgotten.

A. Gramma

August 30, 2020

I recently learned about Stobe on another rail rider's channel. I've become entranced by his witty remarks, excellent piano skills, and often stunning videos. I am deeply saddened by his loss.

Robert Ollendorff

August 28, 2020

I never met him, but I feel like he is an old friend just by watching his videos and appreciating his humor and lifestyle. To his friends and family, my deepest condolences. Keep on traveling my friends!

Dave Warren

August 25, 2020

Although I knew nothing about James until just recently I have come to appreciate the scenery in his videos. I appreciate his piano work. I was impressed with his extensive knowledge about trains. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. It's too bad he couldn't find a safer way to travel and do videos. I know that his memory will live on YouTube. I bet someone will come up with a movie about James.

God bless his family and I pray for healing.


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