Bruce M. Carkeek
Bruce Murray Carkeek left this life October of 2021 in Sandbridge, Va. Born in Marblehead Mass., 1955, to a traveling Coast Guard family, he journeyed up and down the East Coast until his family settled in Portsmouth, Va. in 1968. After graduating from Churchland High School, Bruce began a career in food service. Continuing his education while furthering his food service career, Bruce attended and graduated from Johnson and Wales University. His fondness for the ocean led to many high adventures with friends surfing the east coast from Virginia to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His lifelong love of Sandbridge Beach led him to buy a home and settle down. Sailing, surfing kayaking, fishing, cooking, music, gardening, road trips and hanging out with friends and family were only some of the things he loved. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family.

Bruce was predeceased by his mother, Ruth Murray Carkeek, father, Stephen George Carkeek, and sister Stephanie Carkeek Bovio. He is survived by his sister, Lesley Carkeek Miner, (husband, John Miner), aunt Ruth Carkeek Benson, brother-in-law David Bovio, nephew Stephen Miner, {wife, Jennifer) niece Jennifer Bovio, niece Kathryn Pelletier, (husband Jason), six great nieces and nephews and a host of longtime friends.

A memorial and scattering of ashes will be planned for the spring of 2022.
Published by The Virginian-Pilot from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29, 2021.
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To all who have signed the guest book thank you so much. It means alot to me to know that my brother had such good friends. Peace to you all Lesley
Lesley Carkeek Miner
December 17, 2021
We send our condolences and deepest sympathy to Bruce's family. He was a kind supporter and donor to the Sandler Center Foundation. Our thoughts are with you all.
The Sandler Center Foundation
December 1, 2021
My condolences to the family. Bruce and I met in Waves NC back in 1977. We both worked in the KOA campground for the summer which helped to supplement our addiction to surfing! We had a lot of great times that summer. The following fall he became a housemate of mine and 4 other people in Norfolk. Again, a lot of good times. You'll be missed Bruce. My next surf session will be in memory of you. RIP.
Kevin Wetherby
November 30, 2021
I am sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family and friends. Katina from/ Sandbridge/ Oklahoma now
Katina Blocker
November 30, 2021
I´m so very sorry to hear this news. There are no right words. My deepest condolences to the family. May he Rest In Peace.
Niki Wood
November 29, 2021
Was so very sorry to read this news about Bruce. We were summer neighbors at Sandbridge ..for years in the late 80s/90's ( not sure of the years now) Later , while living in Portsmouth, I would see him on the beach at that same comfortable "home" spot often with his beautiful Chesapeake Bay Retriever . They were a happy pair! The last time i spoke to him, he was looking at houses to buy there. A very kind Neighbor.! My Condolences..
Judy BLassingham
November 27, 2021
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